Maya Angelou dies

World renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou has died at age 86.

Angelou, who recently battled health problems, was found by her caretaker at her home on Wednesday morning, Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines confirmed.

From Fox8 wghp:

Angelou, one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time, is a celebrated poet, novelist, educator, producer, actress, filmmaker and civil rights activist.

She has received over 50 honorary degrees and was Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.

Angelou is famous for saying, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou’s birth name was Marguerite Annie Johnson, and she was fluent in 6 languages

Angelou was also named one of the 10 most admired North Carolinians in a recent Elon Poll.

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  • Who Dat

    Mama Maya gone to see the King. RIP lady. :sad:

  • http://youtu.be/Lx58GQtmE50 MisTaken is #unbothered :cool:

    :(. :cry: REST IN PEACE. You BEAUTIFUL woman. I never knew how much I adored and respected her until I heard she was gone ...

  • Wasting time

    S.I.P. Sister.
    Thank you for keeping us encouraged and teaching us that we are more than the hue of our brown!
    My heart is heavy.

  • :nun: Caged bird singing :wail: puppylove

    World renowned poet, actress, dancer, singer, writer, producer, director and civil rights activist, motivational speaker, Mother, and blessed child of GOD, Dr. Maya Angelou has died at age 86.

  • Beta

    RIP Ms. Angelou one of the greatest

  • VDot

    “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

    _________________

    :love: this quote :love: this woman. I just :love: everything about her. Her words spoke to my soul.

  • GAGIRL87

    I LOVED LOVED LOVED Maya may she Rest In Peace her knowledge and wisdom just couldn't be measured....

    When a person shows you who they are the first time BELIEVE THEM ala Ms. Angelou :)

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPIs6REdG2Q datsmdubya2u

    Our poetic angel RIP truly a big loss

  • GAGIRL87

    Phenomenal Woman was what she was :nun:

  • Gigi26

    Man, we truly lost one of the greatest poets and writers...I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was one of the first books I read in my youth..Touched my soul. She had an amazing life and her experiences taught a lot that she was blessed to share with the masses.

    Phenomenal Woman is my shyt!

    RIP to a one of a kind Phenomenal woman :yes: :claps: Well done Maya, well done.

  • The Pearl!

    Oh! Thank you, Auntie. This lady right here!!!! God bless her soul -- she inspired, uplifted and enlightened so many of us. I love her for her wisdom and her intellect and her humor and her grace and her dignity. I could go on and on about her. Rest In Peace, Ms. Angelou.

  • GAGIRL87

    I'm really affected by this like NO OTHER celeb before Maya was like the grandma you always wanted :cry:

  • FuturedocDonte

    Winston Salem :( KDUBB are we going to the fune

  • http://www.globalcallingsolutions.com zurishay

    Now THATS resume for ya...6 languages and 50 degrees (honorary or not).

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpImj7RI0Rc Man, I just don’t care™

    @GA GIRL
    "When a person shows you who they are the first time BELIEVE THEM"
    __________________

    Truest chit she ever spoke. What a life. We should all be so lucky.

    Who can say they counted Martin Luther King and Tupac Shukar as colleagues?

  • VAALLDAY

    We've lost a true beautiful mind. RIP Mrs. Angelou.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nAbQogbMOk Buttercup

    :applause: Thank you, Mama Maya. What you have shared with us is an inspiration to me to courageously and fearlessly seek what I desire. Thank you!

  • SummerBaby

    RIP Dr. Angelou

  • Who Dat

    KDUBB are we going to the fune

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    MAN LISTEN. If I was invited to go to Dr. Angelou's fune??? I SO wish. I would peace this job out SO HARD. I can get to Winston in an hour and fifteen minutes from here TOO? SHEWWWWWWWWWWW.

    :steer: <<< me on I-40

  • Gigi26

    I’m really affected by this like NO OTHER celeb before Maya was like the grandma you always wanted
    -----------------------------------
    :cosign: When I read the news I was shocked and I felt a pain in my heart...idk why but she was a very wise woman, one you would kind of expect to be around forever :yes: Very sad indeed for us.

    @Man her colleagues were some powerful mofos in the movement, some of which don't get the acknowledgment they deserve. The behind the scenes folks :yes:

  • http://youtu.be/Lx58GQtmE50 MisTaken is #unbothered :cool:

    I’m really affected by this like NO OTHER celeb before Maya was like the grandma you always wanted
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    :cosign: :brokenheart:

  • GAGIRL87

    Truest chit she ever spoke. What a life. We should all be so lucky.
    ____________________________________________________________________

    @ Man I am I loved her!!!!

    Oprah did a 2 day special on her a couple months ago and I watched both days she lived her life the way it's supposed to be lived bc she LIVED it to the fullest :love:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpImj7RI0Rc Man, I just don’t care™

    @Man her colleagues were some powerful mofos in the movement, some of which don’t get the acknowledgment they deserve. The behind the scenes folks
    _______________

    Oh yeah, no doubt, no doubt. :yes:

  • Hearts~n~Kisses

    :sad: RIP Ms. Angelou

  • Caramel Sundae

    Hey Roses :waves:

    @Man: Not only MLK and Tupac, but Malcolm X as well.

    She was truly a Phenomenal Women who will be missed.

    I've already decided I'm taking a mental health day for the funeral... I wouldn't be no good anyway at work...

  • ®

    ............when people show you who they are, believe them -Maya Angelou

    one of the many quotes that I believe in. Rest In Heaven Maya...

    who branging the tatah salad to her fune?

  • CurlyGirl

    R.I.P Ms. Angelou! :crying: You were the only famous person on this earth that I was ever pressed about meeting. So sad I never got the chance. I would go to her funeral like my aunt was trying to go to Whitney Houston funeral. Slide in like family :kona:

  • Hearts~n~Kisses

    She was THE definition of a PHENEMONAL WOMAN and mad us feel like WE are too!! This really has my heart heavy. :sad:

  • Who Dat

    who branging the tatah salad to her fune?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Oprah and Stedman. Both got ties to Winston-Salem. IF the fune even gonna be in Winston. Dr. Angelou been living there a LONG time though. My whole life daggone near.

  • CurlyGirl

    Dave Chapelle and Maya Angelou on Iconoclasts was amazing. The way she spoke with him and how nervous he was to be speaking to her. It was an awesome combination.

  • cheeks8683

    Nooooooooooooooooooo!!! I know why the caged bird sings was one of my favorite books in junior high english class :wail:

    The clintons will have to find another speaker for hilary's inauguration in 2017

  • Gigi26

    I'll bring a pack of skrawberry sodas to the post funeral get together :tea: :yes: and a baked ham #yeslordt

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2SQh007k6U missyJ

    I got the deviled eggs :pizza: and a pot of green beans

  • Smonae

    This is sooo sad. She has definitely left her footprint on this earth and led a full life. May she R.I.P.

    :(

  • The Pearl!

    @CurlyGirl, I've found the Maya Angelou / Dave Chappelle Iconoclasts video (4 parts) on You Tube and will watch it. I loved the cadence with which she spoke. So elegant, eloquent. No one else like her.

  • The Pearl!

    This woman was so powerful...when my Mother and I went to see her so many years ago, she gave us poetry, song, spoken word...she stood so tall -- statuesque. As Ms. Angelou continued to perform, her words and delivery were so very powerful that tears were streaming down my Mother's face...Everyone was on their feet...at the very end, my Mother and another black woman in the row in front of us embraced warmly, both women in tears. (I hadn't done enough living at that time to have any other reaction than simply watching what unfolded before me -- Maya Angelou's words had such a profound affect.)

  • Hearts~n~Kisses

    I hope her funeral is televised! I'd love to see the beautiful homegoing I know she is going have.

  • CurlyGirl

    @ The Pearl!....I am so jealous you got to meet her. Even though you didn't know at the time what was happening the fact that you were able to be there....My goodness. This was the person I would have fell out and acted a plum fool if I eve met her so maybe it was for the best. I mean really....I would have passed out like the white people did at Micheal Jackson concerts..... :crying: :nun: just done!!

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    Umm Gigi and Missyj, please take your behinds to the :kona: and kindly leave the food here. Thnaks.

  • Yardgirl

    I am so saddened by the passing of this wonederful woman :crying:

    "When a person shows you who they are the first time believe them" truer words were never spoken, I live by this rule!! Thanks for the memories, you were in spirit my mother, grandmother, spiritual adviser :love:

  • Afiya

    AWWWW :( she lived a great life, REST IN PEACE Beautiful Queen :crying:

  • http://youtu.be/Lx58GQtmE50 MisTaken is #unbothered :cool:

    Oh I am bringing the macaroni and cheese to the fune :wails:
    Ya’ll want fried tilapia too? :kona:

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    @Taken please see and add yourself to number 39. The instructions are for you as well. Thanks.

  • http://youtu.be/Lx58GQtmE50 MisTaken is #unbothered :cool:

    *puts some Texas Pete hot sauce on Keya’s fish, passes her the fish on a plate with white bread and ketchup* You still want me to leave or you want a scoop of this good mac n cheese?? :eek:

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    @Taken no, you are going to the corner for already planning a repass. But you were supposed to leave the food. Not take it with you. lmao. But I will take all of that, thank you very much. No hot sauce please. :hahaha:

  • Who Dat

    Oprah been throwing parties for Mama Maya for ages. Why she aint paying to have it catered?

    Rings up Graylyn: :cell: Ummm Dr. Maya Angelou just passed. :sad: Can yall whip us up a southern soul food menu for the homegoing? We want all the lil black ladies that I know work in the kitchen there to cook the food. :yes: THANKS. Oh...please charge it to Oprah Winfrey. Yes. THAT Oprah. Okay. Bye!

  • The Pearl!

    :) @CurlyGirl, I was actually in my mid-20's. I "knew what was going on" but was not yet wise enough to have the same emotional reaction as my Mother and other, older, wiser women in the audience had. And afterwards, I stood in line, with my book for her to sign, and waited for my turn to briefly greet her. She looked into my eyes and very warmly held my hand and wished me well, then autographed my book! I was on cloud 9.

    I always thought if I ever got to meet Mohammad Ali, I'd lose my entire mind.

  • http://youtu.be/Lx58GQtmE50 MisTaken is #unbothered :cool:

    Listening to her inaugural poem she read in 1993 for Bill Clinton :cry:
    Today the rock calls out to us…. You may stand up on my back and seek your destiny… I will give you no hiding place down here… You have lain too long face down ignorance… You may stand upon me.. but do not hide your face….
    And when you yet knew you still knew NOTHING. Your passages have been paid. History despite it wrenching pain cannot be unlived. Lift up your heart. Each new hour holds new chances…. Here on the pulse of this new day you might have the grace to look up and into your sister’s eyes and into your brother’s face and say simply with hope.. GOOD MORNING…
    :applause:

    SHE GONE YA'LL :wails: :cry:

  • CurlyGirl

    @ The Pearl!.. when you said so many years ago I had in my head that you were maybe a preteen or something..lol..my bad. I think we all have that one person that if we got to meet we would completely lose it. She was that person to me.

  • The Pearl!

    MisTaken is #unbothered :cool: says:

    *puts some Texas Pete hot sauce on Keya’s fish, passes her the fish on a plate with white bread and ketchup* You still want me to leave or you want a scoop of this good mac n cheese?? :eek:
    ______________
    Why I love my people...even in the midst of sadness, we find humor -- with respect. (You is close to the line, @Taken, but I knows you loved you some Dr. Angelou, so we're here >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> :winky: <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

  • Who Dat

    <<< Lost my mind when we met Nikki Giovanni (me and my sister). I never got to meet Dr. Angelou. I heard her speak at UNC though back in 2009 for the annual MLK Day celebration. Man man man man man. Just wow. She was the bees KNEES.

  • Who Dat

    SHE GONE YA’LL

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    She is. :sad: God bless her.

  • bama_n_jersey

    *Whispering* @Taken...I saw your gravator picture over the weekend on a closed group thread about an ummm....."Anaconda". I saw that image and started laughing because I remember how I laughed when I saw it on here.

  • http://thegameonbetblog.tumblr.com/ Bird

    R.I.P. Sista Maya. You're legacy is strong.

  • CurlyGirl

    @ Who Dat Nikki Giovanni was in my town Petersburg,VA on the 18th for a spoken word show on the 18th and I missed her. I heard she is captivating...

  • A.J.

    Put me down for the Chek sodas, mmm hmm all flavors.

    It truly is a sad day indeed. An end of the "real truth" era. Rest in peace lady.

  • http://youtu.be/Lx58GQtmE50 MisTaken is #unbothered :cool:

    @Pearl I am glad you still lub me. I used laughter to get through sorrow. I don’t even want a funeral when I pass. My husband knows. I said cremate me and have a party celebrating my life :yes: I don’t like to see people in the non living state :no: I prefer to remember them at their best. I try to give people their flowers when they are living if possible.

  • MrsL

    I was named after her. Such an inspirational woman. Got to hear her speak in college. She was so powerful. RIP!

  • http://youtu.be/Lx58GQtmE50 MisTaken is #unbothered :cool:

    @Bama: Glad I can make you laugh. On another note why was you looking at an “anaconda” :blink: It was closed group? You into that Christian purn like Nasir???

  • http://youtu.be/Lx58GQtmE50 MisTaken is #unbothered :cool:

    :newpost:

  • aRoTh

    Taken says:

    I used laughter to get through sorrow.
    _____________________

    :ido: too! Will :rofl: at a fune in a heartbeat. :ashamed:

  • MissSophiaizhere

    Rip Ms.Angelo the world lost a Gem!

  • thriftStoreJungle

    what devastating news. my heart goes out to Dr. Angelou's family. she has made such a lasting impact on my life as a brown girl.

  • The Pearl!

    MisTaken is #unbothered :cool: says:

    @Pearl I am glad you still lub me. I used laughter to get through sorrow. I don’t even want a funeral when I pass. My husband knows. I said cremate me and have a party celebrating my life :yes: I don’t like to see people in the non living state :no: I prefer to remember them at their best. I try to give people their flowers when they are living if possible.
    _____________
    :hug: @Taken. (I know you're just a lil ole softy) My Mother feels the SAME WAY! Have a party and celebrate her life. I'm inclined to agree with her.

  • CHA CHA

    RIP Ms Maya Angelou, because of you I learned what the word PHENOMENAL meant and I have always tried to live my life as a young PHENOMENAL woman oh and as Justice from Poetic Justice :love:

  • OutsidetheBox

    :( :| :crying1: :brokenheart:

  • Savannah

    She lived a fulfilling life and uplifted so many of us in the process job well done Dr.Angelou may you now rest in peace

  • BayMami_de4

    RIP Ms. Angelou :(

  • http://talkingwithtami.com/blog talkingwithtami

    I remember when you shot these pics when she came to Atlanta. I was right there with you! She was truly inspirational and lead such a great life! May she rest in peace!

  • Lady_Elle

    RIP Dr. Angelou!

    I loved her book... I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings!

    My favorite quote:
    Angelou is famous for saying, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

    A real loss.

    She will have Presidents at her funeral.... She better! :-)

  • http://www.1021online.com/1021online_007.htm Fieryearthchild

    Beautiful Spirit. Met Dr. Angelou at a cookout at her home in Winston-Salem a decade ago. Around the time she had the Birthday Cruise. Everything was hush on where we were going and TAH DAH because TAH DAH and more is how I felt when she graced us with her presence. A brief one on one she gave me words of wisdom that I hold dear today. Beautiful Beautiful Spirit with exactness when faltered in conscious spirit. That's THE ANGELOU. As a writer, as a sister with a platform truly it is an honor to continue the more build up than tear down. Inspiration on my life personally and professionally. Good post Sandra. Truly Dr. Angelou will be missed but her legacy will continue. - BEBE