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: