Celebrities and entertainers are morning the passing of Maya Angelou, who died in North Carolina at the age of 86. The groundbreaking author and poet has inspired many of them pay tribute to the woman her family described as a “warrior for equality, tolerance, and peace.”
Beyoncé celebrated Maya’s legacy by posting a handwritten copy of her poem “Still I Rise,” on Instagram, while Kelly Rowland tweeted: “God, thank you for sharing your Angel with us! Her extraordinary gift encouraged many! You will remain in our hearts forever! #weloveyouMayaAngelou.”
Rihanna recalled reading Angelou’s memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings as a teenager. “She made us feel so safe, safe enough to trust her wisdom! Wisdom one can usually only acquire through experience!” Ri Ri tweeted.
Common, who worked with Maya on his song “The Dreamer,” called her his hero. “I was thinking about her lately. GOD Bless the Soul of one of my heroes. Dr Maya Angelou,” he tweeted.
Here are some other celebrity Twitter reactions:
Pharrell Williams wrote: Saddened by the news of Maya Angelou’s passing. A brilliant woman who contributed so much to the world. Her light will be sorely missed.
Solange wrote: Your words will forever remain deep within the skin, and in the souls of many.
Fantasia wrote: Maya Angelou WHAT AN ANGEL YOU ARE NOW.. Up in Heaven Speaking and Bringing Tears to those Angels Eyes. I remember hearing you speak at an event.. WOW!!! Is all I can say.. Fly Angel Fly (Rest Lovely Lady Rest)
Beyoncé wrote: “Rest in peace phenomenal woman.”
Lil Wayne wrote:”I’ve learned that people will forget what u said, people will forget what u did, but people will never forget how u made them feel” Maya
Nas wrote: Momentarily took the air out of me hearing you passed over. Then I smiled for you. REST IN GLORY MAYA ANGELOU. Luv!
Lupe Fiasco wrote: You already know! RIP Maya Angelou…I hope you and James Baldwin are kicking it somethin special 🙂
K. Michelle wrote: Such a leader and beautiful spirit. Thank you!
Q-Tip wrote: Wow RIP To 1 of my big inspirations and to one of the worlds sharpest, most beautiful minds.
Michelle Williams wrote: Sending my condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Maya Angelou!. #RIPMaya
Talib Kweli wrote: Absolutely heartbroken. We love you Maya. Rest in power Queen.
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