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Maya Angelou backs Hillary Clinton

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

Author and poet Maya Angelou has thrown her support behind Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. In a surprise that is surprising given many who thought she would back fellow African American Barack Obama.

Angelou, who read her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at Hillary's hubby Bill's presidential inauguration in 1993, says in a new campaign commercial:  

"As a child, Hillary Clinton was taught that all God's children are equal, so as a mother she understood that her child wasn't safe unless all children were safe.  

I know what kind of president Hillary Clinton will be because I know who she is. Hillary Clinton has always been a strong woman and a passionate protector of families. For 35 years, that's exactly what she has been doing.  

Each generation of African Americans stands on the shoulders of those who came before. Today, the challenges facing us threaten the dreams we have had for our children. We need a president with the experience and strength to meet those challenges.  

I am inspired by Hillary Clinton's commitment and courage -- a daughter, a wife, a mother -- my girl."

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