The world experienced a huge loss today with the passing of legendary writer/poet/activist Maya Angelou. The beloved literary talent died in her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina following an extensive stay in the hospital due to heart complications. According to her family she departed this life peacefully in her sleep and was discovered by her caretaker. She was 86 years old. She leaves behind not only her loved ones but a legacy of artistic works as well as quotes. She is additionally remembered for her advocacy in regards to: education, justice, and equality. With an extensive background that ranges from her enduring unspeakable ordeals such as rape & prostitution to her receiving over 30 honorary degrees & putting her pen to work internationally; Dr. Maya Angelou was a true inspiration to people from all walks of life. This can been witnessed by the non-stop out pouring of accolades she’s been receiving all over the internet since the news of her death reached the masses. The Illixer team sends condolences to those closest to her and wishes for her to rest in paradise. Please enjoy one of her many infamous selections below in her honor.
(Poem By Maya Angelou)
**My Two Cents: I won’t put up a front like most are doing today and pretend that I was a Maya Angelou stan or anything. But as a huge reader, writer, lover of poetry, and African American woman I most certainly appreciate her work and what she stood for. She was an amazing spirit and she blessed many a soul in her 86 years on this Earth. She may be gone but will certainly never be forgotten. The above video features veteran R&B diva Janet Jackson‘s version of “Phenomenal Woman” during the Urban classic film Poetic Justice which stars her and the late Tupac Shakur. -MinM