Sad day for the culture!
Multiple news sources report Cicely Tyson passed away at the age of 96. It’s not clear what her cause of death is at the moment.
Cicely was a black Hollywood pioneer and icon. She made her acting debut in the 1950s. Cicely refused to play blaxploitation roles, even though it became popular in the late 1960s.
In the 1970’s she received multiple Oscar nominations. She won an honorary Oscar in 2018. She also won three Emmys throughout her career. Also, she won a Tony for her starring role in a revival of The Trip to Bountiful.
Cicely played roles in major films like Roots, King: The Martin Luther King Story, A Woman Called Moses, and many more. Within the last 10 years, she had roles in hit movies like Madea’s Family Reunion, Why Did I Get Married Too, and more.
She was in the original 1961 Off-Broadway production of Jean Genet’s “The Blacks.” On Television she had a reoccurring role in the drama series East Side/West Side, and had other roles in The Rosa Parks Story, Playing With Fire, Acceptable Risks, and more. Cicely was a guest actress on the show How to Get Away With Murder. She also appeared on an episode of Law and Order: SVU.
Variety reports Cicely was also one of the founding members of the Dance Theater of Harlem in 1969.
I’m so sad to hear the news that trailblazing artist and cultural icon Cicely Tyson has passed away today. While she may be gone, her work and life will continue to inspire millions for years to come. God Bless. pic.twitter.com/vfvdmIMQxh
— COMMON (@common) January 29, 2021
do yourself a favor tonight and watch cicely tyson’s first film role in ‘carib gold’ tonight. the full thing is up on youtube, and follows a group of shrimpers working to recover sunken treasure: https://t.co/25B4y0M6gf pic.twitter.com/DSivvl2xBc
— nadirah (@hinadirah) January 29, 2021
Cicely Tyson was our Ebony Queen – the blueprint. pic.twitter.com/vUgBbThYpR
— IAMNJERA (@IAMNJERA) January 29, 2021
We honor, love, and appreciate you. Rest well ancestor Cicely Tyson. Trailblazing Actor, Truth Teller, Community Lifter. Fire Bringer. pic.twitter.com/bOhTHVZYRN
— Dr. Thema (@drthema) January 29, 2021
Thank you, Cicely Tyson. Thank you for your life. 🖤 pic.twitter.com/fzhdL3FtdT
— Ibram X. Kendi (@DrIbram) January 29, 2021