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Nikki Giovanni
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    (June 7, 1943- )
    Born in Knoxville, Tennessee
    Birth name was Yolanda Cornelia Giovanni
    Professor of English at Virginia Tech
    Wrote 'Black Feeling, Black Talk' (1967), 'Black Judgment' (1968), 'Re: Creation' (1970), 'Poem of Angela Yvonne Davis' (1970), 'My House' (1972), 'Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day' (1978), 'Those Who Ride the Night Winds' (1983), 'Spin a Soft Black Song' (1987), 'Ego Tripping and Other Poems for Young People' (1993) and 'Racism 101' (1994)
    She smoked heavily until being diagnosed with lung cancer (1995).
    She claims O.J. is innocent.
    She got a 'Thug Life' tattoo to honor Tupac Shakur.
    She said she would 'rather be with the thugs than the people who are complaining about them.'
    Her poetry has been described by critics as 'blunt and lyrical.'
    She criticized conservative blacks who do not speak out against civil rights abuses suffered by gays and lesbians.
    She said, 'I get so sick of these people who talk about how cancer made them better people.... If it takes a near-death experience for you to appreciate your life, you're wasting somebody's time.'

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