Beyonce, Rihanna, Oprah, and More Remember Maya Angelou

May 28, 2014 10:37 am
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Gone but certainly will never be forgotten!

Early Wednesday morning, renowned poet and author Maya Angelou passed away at her home at the age of 86.

“Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension,” reads a statement on her Faceook page. “She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.”

Dr. Angelou first rose to fame with her 1970 autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which made her one of the first African-American woman to have a best-seller. She was often a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and also wrote a poem especially for the 1993 Inauguration of President Bill Clinton, which earned her a Grammy for Best Spoken Word.

There has been an outpouring of emotions from people all over the world, most notably Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, The White House, Pharrell and more.

Not long after the news of Angelou’s passing, the “XO” singer expressed her feelings on Instagram. “Rest in peace phenomenal woman,” she wrote as the caption of an image of the late poet. Beyonce then followed it up with the hand-written words of Angelou’s And Still I Rise.


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