The media mogul wasn't powerful enough to keep the lights on in D.C. on Tuesday

By Lanford Beard
Updated April 08, 2015 11:20 AM
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She might be among the world’s most powerful women, but Oprah Winfrey couldn’t stop the power outage in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

As Winfrey unveiled the memorial stamp for her icon, the late Maya Angelou, the room suddenly plunged into darkness.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t the only flub surrounding Angelou’s newly issued Forever stamp. It features a misattributed quote: “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

In fact, the Washington Post pointed out that the words – which clearly evoke Angelou’s 1969 autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – were actually written by Joan Walsh Anglund in her 1967 book A Cup of Sun.

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