Maya Angelou's Life in Music

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The Dreamer and the Believer 

In 2011, Maya Angelou blessed Common as she dropped a few poetic bars on his cut “The Dreamer,” from the Chi-town MC’s ninth album The Dreamer/The Believer. Maya gave an inspiring performance chronicling the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, emphasizing how Black folks as a people keep rising despite adversity and are never afraid to dream and turn those dreams into a better existence.

Common even brought her out for a few performances and he and Dr. Angelou had a discussion on his prominent use of the N-word, which many Black people have issues with.

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