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When Maya Angelou Made Tupac Cry

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou is one of those rare souls who cannot be properly defined by an obituary, no matter the word count. The 86-year-old was a fearless chronicler of the Jim Crow South, a tireless civil rights leader, a director, a speaker, a composer, a playwright, a singer, a dancer, a total badass. She wrote seven autobiographies, 18 poetry books, six plays, three books of essays, two cookbooks and a series of children’s books.

Serious media outlets wrote serious obituaries, and you can read a few here, here and here. Since we could never compete with that, allow us to introduce you to the time she made Tupac Shakur cry: “Finally he heard me and stopped talking and started to weep.” Nice cameo by Janet Jackson in the anecdote, too. It starts about 1:00 into this clip, via @jaredbkeller:

See some more [serious] Maya Angelou tributes here:




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