The N-Word: Maya Angelou Tells Common Why She’s Mad


Common and Maya Angelou


Not too long ago Common requested assistance from the outspoken and revered poet Maya Angelou on his single The Dreamer, the first single from his new album The Dreamer, The Believer. Angelou performed a spoken word piece specifically for the track. Unfortunately, Common broke one of Angelou’s cardinal rules — no use of the n-word. Now, she is fuming and dismayed reports the New York Post.


The Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet was petrified when she heard the lyrics.

“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,” Angelou said.

Angelou said she never knew Common used the “N” bomb at all, calling it “vulgar and dangerous” to the black community.

“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.”


According to the New York Post “the song was peppered with the n-word.” We counted and Common said the n-word twice throughout the duration of the song which is approximately six minutes. MSDTV has a lot of respect and love for Maya Angelou. However, we wonder why she focused all of her attention on Common’s use of the n-word while disregarding references to exquisite bitches and hoes.


In an attempt to diffuse the situation, Common said he and Angelou have agreed to disagree.


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