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Poet and author Dr. Maya Angelou was the special guest for George's 2013 New Year's Eve special. They talked about her life, career and fascinating encounters with all sorts of people — including Tupac Shakur.

Angelou, 85, was quick to credit all the people who've helped her along the way.

"So many times I've had rainbows in my clouds," said Angelou. "People who've been kind to me, who said, 'You don't have to do that. I believe you can do better.' Some were black, some were white, some were Spanish speaking, some were Native American, some were gay and some were straight, fat and thin and pretty and plain. People lifted me up and said 'I believe in you. You can do better.'

"And so I realize that was given to me and all I have as a response is to prepare myself so I can give that to somebody else who is yet to come."

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Book cover - Hachette Books
Maya Angelou and Malcolm X - Alice M Windom
Maya Angelou performing - Library of Congress
"His Day is Done" - US Department of State
Archival photos, segregated South - Library of Congress
Book cover - Bantam Books
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Tomorrow Entertainment
Roots - David L. Wolper Productions, Warner Bros. Television
The Richard Pryor Special? - Burt Sugarman Productions
Kanye West "Hey Mama" - Roc-A-Fella
Oprah Winfrey - OWN, Harpo Inc.
Book Cover - Random House
Clinton Inauguration Footage - Courtesy, William J. Clinton Presidential Library
Poetic Justice - Columbia Pictures Corporation, New Deal Productions, Nickel