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Poet, author and actress Maya Angelou dies

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Acclaimed poet and author Maya Angelou whose autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” was turned into a television movie has died. According to The Wrap on Wednesday Angelou who was also noted for her work as a civil rights activist succumbed in her hometown of Winston Salem, North Carolina.

Outside of her work in literature the Missouri-born renaissance woman had an acting career with roles in Tyler Perry’s 2006 film “Madea’s Family Reunion”, John Singleton’s “Poetic Justice” starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur, “There are no Children Here” and “Roots.” Angelou also took her talents behind the camera, directing Esther Rolle’s last film 1998’s “Down in the Delta”. She wrote the screenplay for the 1972 film “Georgia, Georgia”.

“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” told of Angelou’s childhood of growing up in the South in which she survived racism and sexual abuse. The movie starred Rolle, Paul Benjamin, Diahann Carroll, Ruby Dee, Roger E. Mosley, Madge Sinclair and Alabama-based actress Tonea Stewart.

Angelou was 86.

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