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15 Most Interesting Facts About Maya Angelou You May Not Have Known


She Was ‘Disappointed’ That Common Used Her Poem in His Rap Song

Rapper Common created controversy in 2011 after he featured part of Angelou’s poem, “The Dreamer/ Believer” on his song “The Dreamer.”

Angelou was particularly upset over his use of profanity and his use of the N-word. She told The New York Post that she was “surprised and disappointed” by his use of the word.


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She Penned Hallmark  Greeting Cards and Cookbooks

In 2000, Angelou created a successful collection of products for Hallmark, including greeting cards and decorative household items.

Her Random House editor disapproved of her decision to lend her words to a line of cards, bookends, and pillows, arguing the venture was too commercial.

But as Angelou told USA Today, “If I’m America’s poet, or one of them, then I want to be in people’s hands … people who would never buy a book.”

She also wrote cookbooks, such as “Great Food, All Day Long: Cook Splendidly, Eat Smart ” and “Hallelujah! The Welcome Table.”



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She Loved Country Music

Angelou was an avid country music lover. She listened to Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Montgomery Gentry and Jennifer Nettles from Sugarland.

“I’ve been seriously affected by the [2010] breakup of Brooks & Dunn,” she told Parade. “They broke up after 20 years and I’ve been seriously offended by that!”

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