Trendy Report: Author and Poet Maya Angelou dies at age 86

Maya Angelou, the instituted national treasure whose trajectory as a poet, author, performer and professor, propelled her to heights of euphoric acceptance died today at the age of 86 after a protracted illness.

Maya Angelou receives a Medal of Freedom from U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington

Angelou’s rise from humble beginnings to the apex of literary excellence was a phenomenon that captivated loyalists and was the subject of her volume of autobiographical fare that began with the best of them all – I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. She was the voice of a generation and the mascot for a movement that attempted to pulverize the racial injustice and embedded poverty responsible for the blighted hostage of a segregated population that still remains hampered by the residue of yesteryears.

She was often commissioned to lend her magic to speaking engagements and lectures across the country, and she notably blessed the inaugural festivities of President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama. Her biggest fan had to be media maven Oprah Winfrey, who released a statement where she fondly recalled her friend and valued mentor.

Angelou’s longstanding influence will always be recounted and celebrated despite her physical absence. Nobody quite possessed the ability to express unrequited formations in ways that resonated across all boundaries. She generously shared her chaotic life journey, and proved the unification of the human spirit, regardless of race or creed. And that is why she will forever remain the ultimate symbol of what it means to be an American