Angelina Jolie struck a poignant and empowering chord on Thursday night, presenting national youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman with Variety’s Power of Women honour, according to reports.
The superstar director, actor, and humanitarian arrived at the Beverly Hills celebration presented by Lifetime with daughter Zahara Jolie-Pitt in tow, to hand the honour to Gorman – the poet who captivated the country in January at the inauguration of President Joe Biden.
Angelina Jolie said, “The young woman of grace, who stepped fearlessly to the podium on inauguration day. Not just the youngest but the strongest voice we could ask for in that moment. The Amanda we see today might seem as if she leapt into our times, fully formed, to summon our better angels. But there was an Amanda we didn’t see,”. According to reports by Variety.com
“A little girl with a speech impediment. In her own words, ‘a buck-toothed, kinky-haired, speech-garbled 7-year-old.’ Scribbling in her journal, on the school bus and park bench. wrestling with language, puzzling out meaning and rhyme, inventing her own dictionary. All those hours of thought and creation forged the unfaltering woman you see today,” Angelina Jolie said.
Jolie applauded Gorman’s ability to hone her words in deep solitude and express them in multitudes, saying if anyone can “bring people to the streets” with their words in this urgent moment, it is Gorman.
“So as well as celebrating your extraordinary achievements, Amanda, we honour 7-year-old you, …read more
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