Janelle Monae, Kelly Rowland & More Recite Maya Angelou Poem For YouTube's Dear Class of 2020 Celebration

Janelle Monae "Dear Class of 2020"
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Janelle Monae during YouTube's "Dear Class of 2020"

Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelly Rowland, Shonda Rhimes, Yara Shahidi, Janelle Monae and more recited Maya Angelou's "Still I Rise" poem during YouTube’s virtual “Dear Class of 2020" commencement celebration on Sunday (June 7).

Each woman took turns reading lines from the poem such as, “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?”

The montage also featured clips of Angelou herself, as well as Misty Copeland dancing alone in a ballet studio.

Watch the clip below.


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