- Speak: Melinda becomes attached to a poster of Maya Angelou as a subtle piece of foreshadowing. Maya was raped as a young girl. It's also a stealth reference to Angelou's autobiographical novel that informed the title of Speak, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings with the line:"I thought, my voice killed him; I killed that man, because I told his name. And then I thought I would never speak again, because my voice would kill anyone."
Live Action TV
- RuPaul's Drag Race: After Mariah Balenciaga's spoken-word poetry performance in the Variety Show challenge, Jujubee gives her the nickname "Maya Angelou".
- Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl: ''"I want to know why the caged bird sings, I want to get my groove back, and I want the rainbow to be enuf. E-N-U-F."
- Honest Trailers: The Con Air episode's parody credits include "Starring: I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings as Cameron Poe".
- The Boondocks: Ed and Rummy spend the episode "Let's Nab Oprah" trying to kidnap Oprah Winfrey, but by mistake they grab Maya Angelou, and later Bill Cosby.
- The Simpsons: The episode "I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" takes its parody title from Angelou's most famous literary work.
- We Bare Bears: In "My Clique" while Ice Bear correctly guessing all of Chloe's actions, he says.
- Maya Angelou appears in the Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum episode "I Am Maya Angelou", where she teaches Xavier and Yadina to use kind words to each other.