May 28th, 2014
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Snapshot: RIP Maya Angelou 1928-2014
By Claire

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Maya Angelou by Taylor Jewell for Vogue.
Maya Angelou by G. Marshall Wilson for Ebony ca. 1957.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou. April 1928-May 2014. RIP.

Still I RiseYou may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.


Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

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18 Responses to “Snapshot: RIP Maya Angelou 1928-2014”

  1. Anonymous says:

    What an amazing Women…a women with purpose! Rest in Peace Maya.

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  3. SMV says:

    “A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.” M. Angelou
    Rest With Angels.

  4. Southern says:

    Honestly started thinking this wasn’t going to get posted. Thank you

  5. Anonymous says:

    Amazing @ it’s FINEST! They don’t make women like this no more. Sad but beautiful day : ) We lost a human, Heaven gained an angel. You will be missed. The true def of grace & how a woman should be!

  6. Mrs.L says:

    I was 17 when I first read Phenomenal woman…. Changed my whole world. I felt such pride in who I was and her words never left me. Peace to you Maya.

  7. Dreadful Beauty says:

    When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. MAYA ANGELOU

  8. Stephanie says:

    A truly PHENOMENAL WOMAN. You changed history; you changed lives. Peaceful journey Ms. Angelou, you will be missed.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Legend. Phenomenal Woman. There are not enough words to describe…. She will be missed but I’m thankful her words/influence is immortalized. Rest in Peace, Maya.

  10. C.elle says:

    Ms.Angelo was true inspiration towards my own confidence as a woman, as a human being. I admired the vocabulary she used and they way she used them. I will continue to listen/read about her stories, poems, writings, interviews, conversations, etc. for the rest my life, surly. She willbe missed.

  11. Denise says:

    Ms. Maya Angelo was my idol! Her words comfort me, empower me, makes me smile , growing up without a mother or strong women around me, I had to look elsewhere to find strength. Ms. Angelo will surely be missed.

  12. binks says:

    This woman embodies the word epic! A lost that is truly noticeable in this world. May she rest in peace because her works and life will continue to inspire for years to come!

  13. thephillydiva says:

    I got the chance to meet her and she changed my life. Rest in Peace Ms. Angelou. You will be missed :)

    Literally am in tears, maybe that is why it is raining so much. Heaven is opening up for an angel

  14. S says:

    RIP Dr. Maya Angelou. We’ve lost a great humanitarian. What an awesome example her life has been. Her intellect, her class and grace will truly be missed!

  15. Taj says:

    What an incredible soul Maya Angelo was and will always be. Rest in peace to an incomparable woman, poet, and activist.

  16. lexi says:

    My thoughts are with her family, this woman influenced generations.

  17. AnonyFash says:

    My heart was so heavy!! Rest in Paradise Dr. Angelou!!!

  18. Deedee says:

    It’s my selfishness that mourns her death. She has had 80 something years in the world and has lived every bit of it…..but man…knowing someone like her, who thought as she did, who did what she did, who commanded the respect that she did leaves me saddened ..wondering who could ever compete. …wondering if others are behind her. For me she is a canon of Black culture….and man it so hard to say goodbye to such greatness.

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