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Maya Angelou is surprised and both disappointed in rapper Common for using the “N-Word” in a song in which he also uses her poetry. The world renown and influential Pulitzer Prize-nominee feels very strongly about the usage of the negative term and has labeled it “vulgar and dangerous.”

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“I had no idea that Common was using the piece we had done together on [a track] in which he  and has labeled it 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.” said Angelou to The New York Post.

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