Poet Maya Angelou Reveals Her Favorite Country Stars

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Poet Maya Angelou Reveals Her Favorite Country Stars

Published on June 03, 2012 by Eric 'WizKid' Odom

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou photo by Dwight Carter, courtesy of mayaangelou.com.

Maya Angelou is a poet, educator, singer, dancer, actress, composer and Hollywood’s first female black director. She is also a huge country music fan. She talked with Parade about her favorite country acts and even admitted to having a crush on a few country stars.

“I’ve been seriously affected by the breakup of Brooks Dunn,” she said.They broke up after 20 years and I’ve been seriously offended by that! I like some young singers, too. I like Jennifer Nettles from Sugarland — she can sing — and so can Carrie Underwood. And I love Blake Shelton. I’m also very smitten by a couple of real cowboys, Montgomery Gentry. I went to hear them and they gave me a guitar.”

In her spare time, Maya can be found enjoying some of her hobbies and of course, listening to her music of choice. “I cook and I read,” she said. “I have fabulous gardens, so I like to sit out in my gardens. I cook for friends and have cocktails for friends. I watch Law Order and listen to country music.”

On Mother’s Day, Maya received a special message from Oprah Winfrey. Maya was touched by the gesture and takes the responsibility of being called an inspiration seriously. “It’s a blessing,” she said. “I’m grateful to be of use. I will not be misused or abused, but I will be of use to anybody.”


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