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.”
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.”
Read what else is being said about Angelou’s death:
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
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” RIP Maya Angelou
— LA Reid (@LA_Reid) 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
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – RIP Maya Angelou
— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) May 28, 2014
My heart and soul hurt today because of the passing of a true Genious Maya Angelou. Heaven has another wonderful angel walking its golden st
— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) 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
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
Maya Angelou has passed away. She was a great light in the world. I feel honored to live in a world she influenced and touched so deeply.
— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) May 28, 2014
“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go thru life w/ a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” -Maya Angelou
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) May 28, 2014
RIP Maya Angelou, a national treasure.
— Sway Calloway (@RealSway) May 28, 2014
R.I.P MAYA ANGELOU ..ANOTHER GREAT GONE ..BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN ..A LIFETIME OF UNDERSTANDING AND MEMORIES LIVE… http://t.co/Q88zSVVCVx
— Wu Tang Clan (@WuTangClan) May 28, 2014
The beautiful Maya Angelou died this morning. A big and radiant soul, at rest at last.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) May 28, 2014
Momentarily took the air out of me hearing you passed over. Then I smiled for you. REST IN GLORY MAYA ANGELOU. Luv!
— Nasir Jones (@Nas) May 28, 2014
Sending my condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Maya Angelou!. #RIPMaya
— Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW) May 28, 2014
You already know! RIP Maya Angelou…I hope you and James Baldwin are kicking it somethin special 🙂
— Tetsuo & Youth (@LupeFiasco) May 28, 2014
RIP to Maya Angelou the Great http://t.co/LDVkg8DtYF
— SWIZZ BEATZ (@THEREALSWIZZZ) May 28, 2014
REST IN POWER! MAYA ANGELOU!
— MAJOR LAZER (@MAJORLAZER) May 28, 2014
— Rihanna (@rihanna) May 28, 2014
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.
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) May 28, 2014
- This article first appeared on THR.com