Yesterday the legendary author, poet and activist Maya Angelou passed away at the age of 86. Her death came after she cancelled an appearance at the MLB Beach Awards after becoming ill. The world stop to recognize Ms. Angelou as the #PhenomenalWoman she was and many celebrities took to social media to share their sentiments.
President Obama made this statement, “Today, Michelle and I join millions around the world in remembering one of the brightest lights of our time — a brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman…She inspired my own mother to name my sister Maya.”
Beyonce posted on Instagram to post a picture of Maya Angelou and a hand written version of her famous 1978 poem ‘Still I Rise’.
Rihanna posted a photo and explained “Angel. #RIPMayaAngelou The first book I read as a teenager, “I know why the caged bird sings”. Felt like we knew her.”
— Rihanna (@rihanna) May 28, 2014
Oprah posted a photo of her longtime friend on IG with this caption “I’ve been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister, and friend since my 20’s. She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life. The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. ‘When you learn, teach. When you get, give’ is one of my best lessons from her. She won three Grammys, spoke six languages and was the second poet in history to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration. But what stands out to me most about Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it’s how she lived her life. She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. I loved her and I know she loved me. I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds.”