A Brief History of How Maya Angelou Influenced Hip Hop

Rest in Peace Maya! We will always love you!

TIME

The renowned poet Maya Angelou, who died at age 86 today, was a major inspiration to the hip-hop community — Wu Tang Clan, Mary J. Blige and mogul Russell Simmons are among the celebrities who mourned her death on Twitter today. But Angelou’s relationship with rap runs deeper than just a few memorial tweets.

Tupac Shakur’s posthumous 1999 release Still I Rise (released as 2Pac+Outlawz) borrowed its title from Angelou’s poem of the same name; the rapper and the poet met on the set of the 1993 movie Poetic Justice, an experience that brought him to tears, as Angelou once told it:

“Years ago I did a movie called Poetic Justice, and there was a young man the first day who cursed so, I couldn’t believe it. I walked around, behind him, tried to ignore him. But the second day, he and another young man, [a]…

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Will voters buy Andrea Horwath’s common sense evolution?

Global News

Cut the waste. Respect for tax dollars. Government that makes sense.

These are the buzzwords of Ontario’s New Democrats. And if they sound more like Rob Ford than Tommy Douglas (or Jack Layton), that’s not by accident. Leader Andrea Horwath is doubling down on the populist platform she ran on in 2011, eschewing the party’s traditional progressive principles in the process.

It’s a gamble intended to capitalize on election and byelection gains the NDP made in blue-collar ridings such as Windsor-Tecumseh, leveraging Horwath’s likeability to appeal to voters as the average guy’s party.

If it works, it could open up strategic blocs of support in regions such as southwestern Ontario, as well as rural or suburban ridings that aren’t traditional NDP territory.

Star candidate Jagmeet Singh, for example, nabbed the provincial NDP’s first Peel Region seat when he won Bramalea-Gore-Malton in 2011, thanks both to his own community connections and…

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