Celebrities Celebrate Maya Angelou

On this very sad day, celebrities express their gratitude for Maya Angelou and the powerful pieces and inspiration she gave to the world.  From Anderson Cooper to Queen Latifah, thousands of people have tweeted with the hashtag #MayaAngelou and #PhenomenalWoman, using her best quotes and linking to her poems.

As seen by the emotive reaction, the legendary poet has truly left an invaluable mark on the world and will be deeply missed.  Her body of creative work and ultimate wisdom will forever stay with us.

Oprah Winfrey recently released a statement about Angelou.  "[W]hat 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."

Click through the gallery to read more celebrity comments on the life of phenomenal woman Maya Angelou. Figures like Pharrell Williams, Nancy Pelosi, Common, President Barack Obama, Ellen Degeneres and more pay tribute. 


"Her greatest stories were true." —President Obama on Maya Angelou — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 28, 2014

I was thinking about her lately. GOD Bless the Soul of one if my heroes. Dr Maya Angelou — COMMON (@common) May 28, 2014

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. — Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) May 28, 2014    

With Maya Angelou's passing, America has lost a national treasure; and Hillary and I, a beloved friend. http://t.co/ZQnoHwulNb — Bill Clinton (@billclinton) May 28, 2014

Look at lil AK! In a moment I will never forget!! At Auntie Oprah's Legends ball in 2005! I had the… http://t.co/QB3OEjrmU2 — Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) May 28, 2014

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” - Maya Angelou — Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) May 28, 2014

Today the world lost one of it's greatest gifts. I'm sending love to the friends and family of Maya Angelou. — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 28, 2014

"Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise."—Maya Angelou, a truly phenomenal woman whose words will serve to lift our souls forever. — Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) May 28, 2014

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." - Maya Angelou. — Mary J. Blige (@maryjblige) May 28, 2014

Thank you, Maya, for your power, your politics, your poetry. We need you more than ever. Rest in peace. — Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) May 28, 2014

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 — Megan Ellison (@meganeellison) May 28, 2014

RIP to one of the greatest women this world has ever known. Thank you Maya Angelou for all of the gifts and knowledge you gave us... — Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) May 28, 2014

The world was a better place because Dr. Maya Angelou was in it. #RIPMaya http://t.co/O4F6460gS3 pic.twitter.com/j2nyPsRNqw" — Queen Latifah Show (@qlshow) May 28, 2014

One of my recent interviews with the wonderful #MayaAngelou. A true original. http://t.co/4ZhKN04xAR — Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) May 28, 2014

"We encounter many defeats, but we must never be defeated." #MayaAngelou: Thank you for illuminating our world. RIP. Your light shines on. — Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) May 28, 2014

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. — Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) May 28, 2014