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RIP Cicely Tyson: Fans mourn passing of iconic and influential Black actress

Cicely Tyson, an award-winning iconic star of theater, film, and television died on Thursday aged 96, News of Tyson’s death was confirmed by her longtime manager Larry Thompson.

Cicely Tyson passed away just two days after the release of her first memoir, “Just As I Am,” in which the actress chronicled her lengthy career.

Her decades-long career some of the most celebrated film and television shows featuring Black women in major roles: “Sounder” (1972), “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” (1974), “Roots” (1977), “The Marva Collins Story” (1981), “The Women of Brewster Place” (1989), and “The Help” (2011).

In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded her the Medal of Freedom.

On her sad demise, many of her fans and celebrities took to social media to pay their tributes and last respects to the iconic Cicely Tyson.

Former US president Barak Obama on his official Twitter handle posted a throwback photo featuring Cicely and his wife Michelle Obama and said, “n her extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson was one of the rare award-winning actors whose work on the screen was surpassed only by what she was able to accomplish off of it. She had a heart unlike any other—and for 96 years, she left a mark on the world that few will ever match.”

Michelle Obama also shared a tribute for Cicely Tyson in a series of tweets.


She will be remembered as a strong Black actress caught up in life’s struggles during a 60-year career that earned her three Emmys and a Tony Award.

Tyson’s 1972 film “Sounder” in which she played a Louisiana sharecropper’s wife, earned her only Academy Award nomination. But she received an honorary Oscar in November 2018.

Uncountable tributes pour in on social media for the Black actress who shattered all stereotypes.




Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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