"Oh my God, I’ve lived a very simple life! You can say, Oh yes, at thirteen this happened to me and at fourteen… But those are facts. But the facts can obscure the truth, what it really felt like. Every human being has paid the earth to grow up. Most people don’t grow up. It’s too damn difficult. What happens is most people get older." —Maya Angelou has died. She was 86.
"I had no idea that Common was using the piece we had done together on [a track] in which he also used the ‘N’ word numerous times. I’m surprised and disappointed. I don’t know why he chose to do that. I had never heard him use that [word] before. I admired him so because he wasn’t singing the line of least resistance.” —84-year-old Maya Angelou is unhappy with the usage of her poetry, which she recorded herself, on the opening track on Common's new album, which comes out tomorrow. It does seem like Common should have played her the final song, or at least sent her the [...]