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Cicely Tyson Among 2015 Kennedy Center Honorees

The legendary Cicely Tyson who will soon return to Broadway alongside James Earl Jones in The Gin Game, has been announced as one of the recipients of the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors along with will be recognized, along with filmmaker George Lucas, singer-songwriter Carole King, rock band The Eagles, conductor Seiji Ozawa, and EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) title holder Rita Moreno. 

The Kennedy Center Honors includes a White House visit for honorees and a gala performance Dec. 6 in Washington, featuring amazing entertainers. The show will broadcast Dec. 29 on CBS. Cicely Tyson is beyond deserving of this honor for a career that has spanned decades and work that continues to influence the lives of those that come behind her.

Tyson is a Tony Award winner for her work in The Trip To Bountiful in 2013. She starred alongside Vanessa Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., & Condola Rashad in that Bountiful on Broadway. Probably best known for her leading roles in “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and “Roots,”  she was also nominated for an Academy Award for “Sounder.”

“During my career I certainly questioned whether or not I was doing the right thing when I turned down roles,” she said. “Needless to say there were very few roles over the years written for women . I had to wait for it not only to be written for a woman but for a black woman. And then of course the longer I live, I became involved in ageism. So there’s always been that challenge.”

The actress said she was always selective with what roles she would take — but the Kennedy Center Honor tells her she made the right choices.

Indeed she did. Congratulations to the incomparable Cicely Tyson on this honor. We aren’t the only people to feel that way. Read the congrats from some of those Ms. Tyson has influenced and watch her 2013 Tony acceptance speech and get inspired all over again.

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Drew Shade is a theatre artist and enthusiast who fosters artistic diversity and excellence for the love of Black theatre artists. He is the Founder/Creative Director of Broadway Black, Off-Book Podcast & The Antonyo Awards. “Have a belief in yourself that is bigger than anyone’s disbelief.” – August Wilson


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