“Maya Angelou has passed away at the age of 86″ links

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou has died at age 86. Here is a lovely tribute. [Dlisted]
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Maya Angelou

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  1. Eileen says:

    What a life Maya Angelou lived! What a legacy she has left behind! Amazing! RIP

  2. mia girl says:

    Thank you Maya Angelou for all the beautiful words you shared with us. You made us better through your prose.
    Rest in Peace.

  3. Kiddo says:

    ”The caged bird sings
    with a fearful trill
    of things unknown
    but longed for still
    and his tune is heard
    on the distant hill
    for the caged bird
    sings of freedom.”

    RIP.

    • Chem says:

      “Out of the huts of history’s shame
      I rise
      Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
      I rise
      I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
      Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
      Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
      I rise
      Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
      I rise
      Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
      I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
      I rise
      I rise
      I rise”.

      We have lost greatness.

    • elisa says:

      The sun has come.
      The mist has gone.
      We see in the distance…
      our long way home.
      I was always yours to have.
      You were always mine.
      We have loved each other in and out of time.
      When the first stone looked up at the blazing sun
      and the first tree struggled up from the forest floor
      I had always loved you more.
      You freed your braids…
      gave your hair to the breeze.
      It hummed like a hive of honey bees.
      I reached in the mass for the sweet honey comb there….
      Mmmm…God how I love your hair.
      You saw me bludgeoned by circumstance.
      Lost, injured, hurt by chance.
      I screamed to the heavens….loudly screamed….
      Trying to change our nightmares into dreams…
      The sun has come.
      The mist has gone.
      We see in the distance our long way home.
      I was always yours to have.
      You were always mine.
      We have loved each other in and out
      in and out
      in and out
      of time.

      “We see in the distance our long way home.” – God how that cuts me.

      RIP Maya Angelou – what an inspiration you are and will always be.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Thank you so much for sharing her work…it is so powerful. Sigh. What she shared with the world is to enormous to verbalize.

    • mimif says:

      @Kiddo, my favorite. (My village welcomes you with open arms.)

  4. LadySlippers says:

    Baruch Dayan haEmet.

    (What a Jew says when they hear about a death)

    I need to go and figure out a way to pay tribute to this monumental woman.

    *pauses for a moment of silence*

  5. Patty Cake says:

    I first read her book ” I know why the caged bird sings” when I was in 5th grade as a class assignment. Although I had not been raped, I felt kindred to Angelou in some way. Maybe it was her sorrow that I really connected to and the, metaphorically speaking, I felt that I didn’t have a voice either as a kid. RIP Angelou, you will be missed.

    • mayamae says:

      I’ve always been moved by her story of her rape. The fact that her family (apparently) killed the man after she named her attacker, and that she stopped speaking because she thought her voice had killed him. The story is filled with horror, but I’m moved by the teacher who challenged her to speak again by telling her she must not love reading, or she would read aloud. Maya said she would hide under her porch to make herself begin speaking. What a sensitive soul.

      • Yes–her rapist was found by the police, outside a building, beaten to death. She thinks that her uncles did it, as her grandmother had all of the cops in her pocket.

        I read ‘I know why the caged bird sings’ a few years ago, and one of my favorite passages was during the graduation ceremony for the seniors–where the white superintendent (or someone) came in, during their graduation to try and get them to vote for him to be the the superintendent for all of the schools in the area (or something like that)–and to get them to do that, he said that he was going to get them more athletic equipment (for the boys), and more classes in home ec (for the girls)—how she expressed the thoughts and feelings of every single black person in that room, to be only valued for their contributions to sports and menial labor was so beautiful.

      • mayamae says:

        I love her, and I’m grateful for the close friendship she had with Oprah which allowed her many episodes on the show.

  6. Em says:

    WHAT??? NOOOOOOOO 😭😭😭😭

  7. Mixtape says:

    She was gifted at so many things, but her greatest talent was her ability to truly live life to its fullest.

  8. word says:

    This is sad news. Maya was a great poet. I was a fan. At least she lived a long and fulfilled life.

    Also, I think Maya deserved a post on her own…not with links. It would be weird to comment on One Direction or Miley in the same post. IMO.

  9. lunchcoma says:

    Oh no, what a loss. (But also, what a wonderful legacy.)

  10. InvaderTak says:

    She was on my bucket list of cool people I wanted to meet in high school. I never got the chance, and (shamefully) I haven’t read or thought about her in long time. I will actuallygo buy that book today.

    Rip great lady.

  11. Sighs says:

    “The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them”. -Maya Angelou
    I think she showed us she was a wonderful human being. RIP

  12. denisemich says:

    It is a huge loss for this world. May her soul rest in peace.

  13. PunkyMomma says:

    Rest in Peace courageous, courageous soul. You freed many a tortured spirit by your actions, your words, your example . . .

  14. ViktoryGin says:

    She once spoke at my university, and I’m so glad that I took the chance to attend. She possessed such a tremendous presence and reservoir of strength. She meant so much to me as a black girl growing up in the south, clamoring for self-expression. She made the world a bigger place. She will be dearly missed.

  15. Nev says:

    Thanks for soothing me.
    Thanks for schooling me.
    You. Are. Remarkable.

  16. Maria says:

    Her poems provided me light during some of my darkest hours.

    Angelou was a woman who knew her worth, the value of women as a whole, and her work will always be relevant.

    Humanity lost a beautiful soul but it gives me great comfort knowing decades from now, people will still have the pleasure of getting to know her through her writing.

    RIP.

  17. HK9 says:

    I saw her speak in Toronto in my mid-twenties and it’s still one of the highlights of my life. RIP.

  18. maxine7 says:

    She will be missed. Great human being.

  19. QQ says:

    What a titan of a woman! One of the greatest that ever did it went home to glory… Seriosly what a Life well lived!

  20. I Choose Me says:

    She was grace, class and courage personified. Rest in peace dear lady.

  21. Jen2 says:

    Maya’s life and contributions trump most of the silliness being otherwise reported ad nauseum. She is and will always be a national treasure. Bless her.

  22. Olenna says:

    This news breaks my heart. I carried this prayer with me for many years when I was in the military, tucked into my wallet; there to lift me up at times and also in the hope that if something unfortunate happened, someone might find it and read it to comfort me in my last hours. Thank you and RIP, Ms. Angelou.

    Father, Mother, God,
    Thank you for your presence
    during the hard and mean days.
    For then we have you to lean upon.
    Thank you for your presence
    during the bright and sunny days,
    for then we can share that which we have
    with those who have less.
    And thank you for your presence
    during the Holy Days, for then we are able
    to celebrate you and our families
    and our friends.
    For those who have no voice,
    we ask you to speak.
    For those who feel unworthy,
    we ask you to pour your love out
    in waterfalls of tenderness.
    For those who live in pain,
    we ask you to bathe them
    in the river of your healing.
    For those who are lonely, we ask
    you to keep them company.
    For those who are depressed,
    we ask you to shower upon them
    the light of hope.
    Dear Creator, You, the borderless
    sea of substance, we ask you to give to all the
    world that which we need most—Peace.

  23. nicegirl says:

    One of my favorites, “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”

    Although we have never met, I will miss her greatly. Many, many thanks to the Great Spirit known as Maya Angelou

  24. LadyS says:

    My lady, you were one of the best! R.I.P.

  25. Nighty says:

    Fantastic lady!! RIP .Such an amazing writer, woman, persona…

  26. Kate2 says:

    Awww. That sucks.

    Safe travels, Maya. Thank you for everything.

  27. Aqua says:

    She had a beautiful soul and presence . Her ability to forgive is what touched me the most.

  28. Ang says:

    Oprah is going be so depressed.

  29. Rhiley says:

    There are the Goops of the world (there are millions of Goops, they just aren’t all in the movies) and then there is Maya Angelou, a beautiful, strong, brilliant force like no other. Never to be forgotten, forever loved.

  30. Rhiley says:

    I didn’t want to put this observation in a comment about the passing of the great Ms Angelou, but the Kate Hudson outfit is kind of fug in my opinion but she has the body to pull it off. A lot of women don’t have her body and I think would end up looking pretty trashy in an outfit like hers.

  31. Zimmer says:

    Already miss her. Hate to lose someone that’s given us so much! RIP!

  32. Reece says:

    “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”
    “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
    My favorite–>”If you always try to be normal, you’ll never know how amazing you can be.”
    Thank You & RIP Maya Angelou

  33. frisbeejada says:

    No words – just silence – RIP Maya

  34. Janet says:

    I walk into a room
    Just as cool as you please,
    And to a man,
    The fellows stand or
    Fall down on their knees.
    Then they swarm around me,
    A hive of honey bees.
    I say,
    It’s the fire in my eyes,
    And the flash of my teeth,
    The swing in my waist,
    And the joy in my feet.
    I’m a woman
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That’s me.

    A Phenomenal Woman in every sense of the word. R.I.P.

  35. Pepsi Presents...Coke says:

    You don’t want to know how many people I’ve encountered who hadn’t heard of her. Got a text message from one of my sisters saying the same thing.

    REALLY?
    You have never heard of Maya Angelou?
    ‘And still I rise’ Maya Angelou?
    Disgraceful.

    All God’s children need running shoes now because I’m coming for your ignorant asses.

  36. magpie says:

    These comments are amazing. You gave so much and touched so many. Rest in Peace Maya.

  37. Happy21 says:

    I’m ignorant here. I only new of Ms. Angelou by her many trips to the Oprah show and I’ve never really looked too much into her life and what an inspiration she was until today. Needless to say, I have just ordered two books written by this amazing woman so that I can educate myself a little. Perhaps it’s because I’m Canadian and while we pay attention to these things, she is the USA’s national treasure. Nonetheless, I am ignorant no longer!

  38. allheavens says:

    I loved my friend
    She went away from me
    There’s nothing more to say
    The poem ends,
    Soft as it began–
    I loved my friend.

    This Langston Hughes poem (I changed he to she) expresses how I felt about Maya Angelou. She felt like an old friend and the loss is terrible.

    I am forever grateful that I had the pleasure of meeting her twice, once when she spoke at my son’s school fundraiser and later at a corporate event of a former client.

    A truly great women, great poet and a great loss.

  39. aquarius64 says:

    A great lady has left us, but her legacy lives on. RIP.

  40. vangroovey says:

    What an amazing woman. And, some food for thought.

    When Maya was younger — twenties, etc. — she was not a paragon of morality. We’d probably have torn her a new one if she was famous “now” during that period of her life. A reminder that wonderful people have their pasts, too — and when we tear everyone a new one for mis-steps….we may be discouraging the next great talent. Would Maya have made it if we examined and judged every last bit about her life the way we do public figures now? Would she have had the conviction to “keep on rising” if we were cutting her down at every pass the way we do celebrities (and, TBH, acquaintances on FB, et al…) now? I wonder….

    RIP Maya – I loved all of you — every last bit.

  41. dena says:

    When Great Trees Fall
    Maya Angelou

    When great trees fall,
    rocks on distant hills shudder,
    lions hunker down
    in tall grasses,
    and even elephants
    lumber after safety.

    When great trees fall
    in forests,
    small things recoil into silence,
    their senses
    eroded beyond fear.

    When great souls die,
    the air around us becomes
    light, rare, sterile.
    We breathe, briefly.
    Our eyes, briefly,
    see with
    a hurtful clarity.
    Our memory, suddenly sharpened,
    examines,
    gnaws on kind words
    unsaid,
    promised walks
    never taken.

    Great souls die and
    our reality, bound to
    them, takes leave of us.
    Our souls,
    dependent upon their
    nurture,
    now shrink, wizened.
    Our minds, formed
    and informed by their
    radiance,
    fall away.
    We are not so much maddened
    as reduced to the unutterable ignorance
    of dark, cold
    caves.

    And when great souls die,
    after a period peace blooms,
    slowly and always
    irregularly. Spaces fill
    with a kind of
    soothing electric vibration.
    Our senses, restored, never
    to be the same, whisper to us.
    They existed. They existed.
    We can be. Be and be
    better. For they existed.

  42. Helvetica says:

    “The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them” – Maya Angelou

    TRUE WORDS. RIP, Maya!

  43. Jayna says:

    She was an amazing woman and lived an amazing life and will affect generations to come with her words. Godspeed.