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Travis Scott curates a storytelling cypher on “Birds in the Trap”

Maya Angelou wrote “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” to heal the influences of her past through words and memory. Many in the African tradition of using folk-lore as a means of reflection call this “sankofa,” or the practice of “return and fetch it.” Just as Angelou chronicled her life of living with her grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas (though she was born in St.