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President Obama, Rihanna, Beyonce + More React To Maya Angelou's Death


(AllHipHop News) Earlier today (May 28th), world renowned poet Dr. Maya Angelou died and the news

The last musical collaboration the late Maya Angelou worked on was for Common’s The Dreamer/The Believer on the song “The Dreamer”. Even though Angelou was “surprised” by Common’s use of the N-word on the song she was featured, she considered him “brilliant” and Common in turn reminisced about his former collaborator on the day of her death:

Best selling author, Terry McMillian expressed her extreme gratitude for Maya Angelou:

Both Rihanna and Beyonce were not born when Maya Angelou’s debut autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings in 1969. However the two R&B singers shared their favorite pieces from Maya Angelou:

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Back in February 20111, President Obama award Maya Angelou the Medal of Freedom award and revealed that his half-sister Maya Kassandra Soetoro-Ng was named after the late poet. Hours after news of Maya Angelou’s death, Obama issued an official statement regarding her death:

When her friend Nelson Mandela passed away last year, Maya Angelou wrote that “No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again, and bring the dawn.”

Today, Michelle and I join millions around the world in remembering one of the brightest lights of our time – a brilliant writer, a fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal woman. Over the course of her remarkable life, Maya was many things – an author, poet, civil rights activist, playwright, actress, director, composer, singer and dancer. But above all, she was a storyteller – and her greatest stories were true. A childhood of suffering and abuse actually drove her to stop speaking – but the voice she found helped generations of Americans find their rainbow amidst the clouds, and inspired the rest of us to be our best selves. In fact, she inspired my own mother to name my sister Maya.

Like so many others, Michelle and I will always cherish the time we were privileged to spend with Maya. With a kind word and a strong embrace, she had the ability to remind us that we are all God’s children; that we all have something to offer. And while Maya’s day may be done, we take comfort in knowing that her song will continue, “flung up to heaven” – and we celebrate the dawn that Maya Angelou helped bring.

Check out Smoke DZA, John Legend and others react to Maya Angelou’s passing below:

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  • NCcatsBALLhard

    damn AHH thats the best pic of her u could find??

    Either way RIP to a phenomenal woman..

    • Trill Gates

      lol

    • dang for real tho! i didn’t look at the pic. that’s a messed up choice. ahh im gonna need you to do better

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        same to you boy – read my comment above

      • yea yea yea…..

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        that’s your stupid thoughts going fart fart fart

      • they could have picked a more flattering pic than that since she passed

    • W.E.B. Du Bois

      nothing wrong with that pic – in it she’s doing something at that time , that is greater than your whole life combined

      • NCcatsBALLhard

        Says the guy with over 7000 Disqus posts…Get a hobby…

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        you cound’nt understand even one of my hobbies

      • NCcatsBALLhard

        try me..

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        keyboard hiding “tuff guy” – not impressive

      • all he do is troll and talk shit…internet gangster

      • NCcatsBALLhard

        Oh ok good look bruh…I’ll ignore him then…

      • Yeah, he’s just a bitter @$$ Sambo Negro, 1 punch from getting knocked out!

  • I don’t understand why we care what beyonce or rhianna have to say..i guess because it a hiphop sight but who cares really?? did anybody hear about this and think hmmmm i wonder what b or riri think about it

    • soyhiphop

      Lol is like what chappalle said in his standup rutine about 911 and jarule

  • John Q. Public

    “My god! This is terrible! Can somebody please find Ja Rule, get a hold of this mother*cker so I can make sense of all this! Where is Ja?!”

    • Guest

      what do you mean idiot ? – and God? – there is No God for you boy

      • shut up “guest” your opinions don’t matter until you get a profile and a avatar

    • soyhiphop

      Lol chappalle classic

  • jubileeshine

    Maya Angelou stumps for Ras Baraka during a campaign rally for Baraka held at Lincoln Park, Newark in 2008.

    Newark Mayor-elect Ras Baraka, the son of poet Amiri Baraka, issued a statement about Angelou, saying she was a family friend who campaigned for him when he ran for Council-at-Large.

    “Maya Angelou was a guiding voice that inspired us, loved us and nurtured us,” Baraka said. “Maya was a truly iconic poet who captured the sentiment of a nation. She is beloved for her passion, humility and grace. Maya will always be remembered as a phenomenal woman.”

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  • soyhiphop

    Lol do we really need to see rihannas tweets about Maya angelou? F*ck it put every rachet stripper and hoodrats tweets as well..anyways rip to maya angelous beautiful example of striving and making it she will for ever be a ledendary poet

  • Q.

    SMH @ thots bigging up Maya like they honor her legacy.

    • SMH..Maya Angelou shared her THOUGHTS (like bein raped at 7 by her mother’s bf, Black girl issues, etc) so the next generation wouldn’t call young women ‘thots.’ u hella bootsy.

      • Q.

        Why not? You are what you do. I call what I see. And sorry, but “thots” do exist in 2014. Denying that is like saying every man is a gentleman, or every man who makes a baby is a father. or that hoes don’t exist. We KNOW that’s not true. And Maya Angelou being raped at 7 has nothing to do with that.

        It’s annoying to see females AND males exhibit behavior antithetical to what Dr. Angelou stood for, and try to big her up after death. Thanks for your opinion, though.

      • Stop throwing stones from a glass house. You didn’t refer to males, you referred to women as “them hoes over there”. Who are you? Have you ever been raped or had any sexually traumatic experience that created sexual dysfunction or confusion in your life? Don’t say Maya Angelou’s rape at 7 yrs old has nothing to do w/ it when it’s sexual behavior that you use as a justification for calling women hoes in the first place and childhood sexual experiences are the foundation for sexual dysfunction in adulthood. You sound like one of them followers who cast that aspersion on women, regardless of their actions. Black women share the unique experience of being both American and Black (double-consciousness), and Black and female, triply oppressed via nationality, class, gender. She wrote very vehemently from that place, as shown in her first autobiography and YOU are the type of hypocrite you speak of to call women hoes while feigning respect for Ms. Angelou.

      • Q.

        Wow. You seem to have a lot of misguided anger towards the use of one particular word (thot), but I’m not going to engage in a gender battle with you, because I overstand the futility in Black gender in-fighting. That’s like arguing over the use of the “n-word.” I’m sorry IF you were ever sexually abused. Really. To be frank, I used the term “thot” semi-facetiously–I think that word is one of the dumbest slang words I’ve ever heard…about as dumb as “bootsy.” When I wrote my comment, I had some particular female entertainers in mind, but I didn’t name names, so you played yourself by misconstruing the meaning of my statement. You probably should have asked for clarification first if you didn’t get me. Get me?

        But again, what relevance does Maya Angelou being raped have with my comment? I understand the socio-psychological correlation between child sexual abuse trauma and SOME adult deviant sexual behavior, for both MALE and female. However, I wasn’t talking about chid sex traffic victims, I was referring to a few individual entertainers who consciously exploit themselves for money/fame/glamour and set horrible examples for little Black girls and boys worldwide. You connecting what I said with rape is a major reach. Like Dr. Angelou said herself, “WHEN YOU KNOW BETTER, YOU DO BETTER.” The people I thought about in my comment know better, they just choose to do worse. And sorry, there’s no excuse for that! So, I’m not going to bite my tongue to pacify some pseudo-feminist sensibility you may be clinging to. And if you didn’t know, guess what? There is no such thing as BLACK FEMINISM. First and foremost, in this white patriarchal social construct called the USA, you and I are Black all day, everyday, and that’s all that really matters in this oppressive system. The Black familial struggle is integral, not separated into genders. Black men get it bad. And yes, of course, Black women get it bad, because that’s the nature of a white male dominated society. Is it fukced up? OF COURSE. But Feminism was created for white women, and they tricked a few Black women into co-signing the movement without getting any real benefit from it. Feminism in the Black community is a divisive tactic, and is thusly, for the birds.

        But my comment was very plain. In my reality, there exist Black kings, queens, n!ggas and HOs, and one does not equal the other. And I’m not going to use historical victimization to defend what’s inexcusable about some of our people. I don’t co-sign all things Black people do because they may look like me. Some of us enjoy being n!ggas and hos. And me pointing that out doesn’t mean I can’t respect Dr. Angelou’s ideas or her legacy. AND me respecting Maya Angelou doesn’t mean I agree with every aspect of her worldview either. We are not a monolith, Sorry! …Follower? LOL Aim lower.

      • the ranting of an educated fool. For one, feminism is a dumb label that people who don’t respect women use to marginalize their fight for humanity. you can attach whatever ism you want to my responding to your ugly “thots” but shit is real for women out here, esp Black. For two, Stokely Carmichael said that a woman’s position in the movement is PRONE. At the March on Washington, women were told to march down Independence Ave. There was sexism in the Black Panther Party. And white people did not invent patriarchy, there was abuse of women in KMT. Gender was the first class struggle, before anybody ever called Black ppl niggas. Black & Brown men so quick to revel in the degradation of their counterparts and then turn around & talk about the evils of the white man. Black women take it from white America as well as her so-called brothas, ones that come up w/ new memes and ways to degrade her on the daily. Don’t put our struggle on the same level: you fear rape if you get locked up; I fear rape if I don’t lock up my house. You get called a nigga, I’m considered a nigga by white folks AND a b1tch/hoe, etc by my own brothas. You don’t live in a female body, havn to politely prolong unwanted conversation w/ a brotha cuz he might snap & go bad on you for not givin him any play. Or being measured part by part. You’re not preyed upon by men lookn to ravage you. Until brothas acknowledge the struggle of the ones holdn up the other half of the sky, they will continue to be crushed by oppression cuz they crush the backbones of their community & then wonder why the community is f’d up. A whole lotta so-called Revolutionary brothas walkn around still thinking a woman is supposed to be his footstool. The religious (Muslims, God-body, Christian) all think the spirit (immaterial) is a man (male parts), and don’t see the contradiction; they think women are silent obedient sidekicks. I’m not asking for you to apologize to me for anything real or imagined you think I went through, but these “thots” you speak of probably relate to Ms. Angelou more than you ever could. Don’t be so quick to judge. The poignant & honest way she spoke of her sexual trauma resonates w/ those “thots” that men like you throw stones at.

      • Q.

        No, ma’am, the only fool ranting here is you. I stated my positions in my last reply and am not interested in repeating myself. It’s clear to me that you are full of misdirected anger. You’re picking and choosing what to read from my comments and are (mis)interpreting my words at will. You’re making asinine assumptions and strawman arguments, mis-attributing characteristics to someone you’ve never met. But that’s on YOU, not me. I’m well aware of the Human struggle throughout the history of this country and beyond; so tell me something I don’t know. I didn’t say “Sorry” as an apology to you, for I did nothing to you personally–I was only sympathizing. And I won’t waste my time defending my “man record” of how I’ve treated women throughout my life. You don’t know me, and I have nothing to prove to you or anyone else on this site. Period. Moving on…

        I see you enjoy quibbling over semantics, but the last time I checked, plenty of self-proclaimed feminists embrace the term “FEMINIST,” so I don’t get what you’re rambling about. Go heckle the millions of females who style themselves as feminists–I didn’t make up the word. Nor did I make up the term “thot,” which I used sarcastically. You can’t police speech, and I will continue to call it as I see it. Thanks…. And what the hell do Stokely Carmichael, the BPP, Kemet and your other irrelevant claims have to do with my original comment?? I never said white men invented patriarchy, I said we live in a patriarchy dominated by white men. A basic fact. But like I told you already, I’m not going to play Gender Games with you, so miss me with the “My Pain Is Bigger Than Your Pain” spiel. Back and forth finger-pointing is fruitless, so that’s a no-go for me.The Black women who raised me didn’t sell me that victim crap (thank God), so I’m definitely not buying it from ANY other female, ya dig? I recognize noble Black men and noble Black women, and I recognize devilish Black men and devilish Black women alike. It’s really that simple. Until you realize that the Struggle is universal, you’ll be stuck right where you are. I am not your oppressor. But if you walk through life thinking all Black men are the enemy, then you will die a very lonely and bitter woman. I’m not here to bang on women–I’m here to bang on devils, whoever that may be. What are you here to do?

        Oh, and BTW, I clicked on your profile and checked out your Soundcloud. Funny thing…I heard a song with you spitting a lot of “b!tches” and “hoes” in it…

        Now, I’m dying to hear you explain away your use of such misogynistic terms in your music, especially those degrading the poor, downtrodden Black women who you pose to so dearly champion. I’m sure you have an outstanding excuse. LOL What’s this you say about judgmental hypocrites throwing boulders in a crystal house? …Huh? Come again.

        Check Yourself.
        Know Thyself.

  • jubileeshine

    Maya Angelou dancing with Amiri Baraka at the Schoenberg Center in Harlem.

    • Good Look…Ya’ B’ish@$$ Israeli!

  • Black Adam

    Heard a radio segment yesterday where they talked about how Maya Angelou had the most quoted Quotes in history. A true legend and inspiration for Blacks and all races included.

  • Maya Angelou is ours to claim. Saying young women who don’t exhibit “Maya Angelou behavior” cannot claim her is like saying these young ignorant men (who have never shared air with Malcolm X) are not welcome to claim him or his message. In fact, men who don’t exhibit Malcolm X behavior/wit, who suddenly quote him, are given credit for not being completely ignorant after all. Maya Angelou comes from a different era, before the internet/music video and crack killed Mother Wit. She’s hard to find, but the generational wisdom is still in the pages of her books and timeless. 100 years from now, the most “unworthy harlot” will be able to claim Maya Angelou as HER MOTHER and all the stone throws in the world cannot take that away.