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    Nicki Minaj Performed Maya Angelou's "Still I Rise" And It Will Inspire You

    "Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise, that I dance like I've got diamonds at the meeting of my thighs?"

    "Still I Rise" is one of Maya Angelou's most iconic poems.

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    And recently, Nicki Minaj delivered her own rendition of the poem live.

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    The reading is a part of A&E's special, Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America, which airs on Friday, November 20 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

    The famous rapper gave a hell of a performance.

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    And the crowd cheered especially loud when she recited these lines:

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    Tell 'em, Nicki.

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    Feel inspired and watch the whole video for yourself:

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