"I don’t think the word disappointment quite makes it, I was surprised...I know that Common is brilliant. He may in fact be close enough to be called a genius—I’m not sure—I know that we are all in process, and young artists are in process...There was a statement made by Machiavelli in the 15th century...He said if you want to control the people, separate them, and you can rule them, divide them and you conquer them. I will not be divided from Common by anybody’s machinations." - Renowed poet Maya Angelou phoned into BET's 106 & Park yesterday to squash an arising rumor that penned her against Chicago Rapper Common. Common was on set to receive the call and to discuss the issue further. For more, click here.