Maya Angelou Dead: Beyonce, Rihanna, Common Pay Tribute to Iconic Poet

"I never call you my bitch or even my boo/There's so much in a name, there's so much more in you." -"The Light"

As news broke that author Maya Angelou -- who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page -- died on Wednesday morning at 86, the music world paid tribute via social media.

Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Common and Ryan Seacrest took to Twitter to share some of the late poet's many memorable quotes. Singer Darius Rucker also shared his reflections ("Heaven has another wonderful angel") as did America Ferrera ("She gave me courage to love myself and others") and Pharrell Williams ("Her light will be sorely missed"). Beyonce captioned on Instagram, "Rest in peace phenomenal woman."

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Still, among those lightening up the mood online was radio host Charlamagne Tha God (aka Lenard McKelvey), who noted that the endlessly quotable Angelou has changed his life in a specific way: "All these chicks going to be googling Maya Angelou quotes all day and realizing those deep words I text them in the AM aren't mine."

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