Actress Cicely Tyson passed away at 96, President Obama praises ‘iconic’ métier

The Obamas paid tribute to Cicely/Twitter

The Obamas laud Tyson’s humanity. 

Blog King, Mass Appeal

HARLEM — Quondam President Barack Obama and whilom First Lady Michelle Obama paid tribute to departed thespian Cicely Tyson who passed away on Thursday at the youthful age of 96. The presidential lovebirds shared photos on Instagram along with a panegyric that highlights Cicely’s pioneering métier. “At a time when parts for actors who looked like her weren’t easy to come by, she refused to take on roles that reduced Black women to their gender or their race,” wrote Barack who awarded Cicely with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. “But she took pride in knowing that whenever her face was on camera, she would be playing a character who was a human being.”

Michelle, in a separate Instagram post, lauded Cicely’s humanity. “Just by walking into a room, she had this way of elevating everyone around her,” Michelle recalled. “She was the personification of beauty, grace, wisdom, and strength, carrying forward a flame that, not only guided her for 96 pathbreaking years, but lit the way for so many of us.”

“I’ll miss her dearly,” Michelle continued. “But I smile knowing how many people she inspired, just like me, to walk a little taller, speak a little more freely, and live a little bit more like God intended.”

Cicely’s television credits include “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” “The Marva Collins Story,” “Mama Flora’s Family” and “Roots.” She won three Emmy Awards. She was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2018 and into the Television Hall of Fame last year.

Cicely’s memoir, “Just As I Am,” was recently released.

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  1. 😇🙏🏽🌟Absolutely amazing! Such an icon she was👑

  2. Rest in peace❤

  3. Whatttt OMG 😓😥😢 Oooooo Nooooooooo 😔 even tho I’m upset with grief, I am also Honoring her!!! May she RIP…… 💐🌷🥀🌺🌹🌸🌼

  4. Cheryl McKinney

    HEAVEN IS REJOICING!!!! What a ICON!!! HEAVEN needed her MORE than EARTH ❤!!! My ❤ cries!!!🥀
    🌹CICELY TYSON🌹
    “REJOICING IN PARADISE “

  5. R.I.P Miss Tyson! I watched her movies. She had class!

  6. Rip beautiful soul 🙏💔😥

  7. Rest In Power 😊✨

  8. Greater Grace krol

    RIP queen. Will forever live in our hearts 🙏

  9. Cajun Scorpion

    Lovely woman ❤️

  10. Black Bullet212

    It’s sad to see legends die😔

  11. vinsoy Cabillon

    R.I.P Queen 👑 I’m hurt 😭😭😭

  12. This one hurts 😭😭 R.I.P. Cicely Tyson

  13. I’m in shock I can’t take it 😭

  14. Such a beautiful soul and beautiful all around.

  15. Michelle Cunningham

    She was a phenomenal woman she has lived a full long life 👑
    Rip Ms Tyson😢

  16. Talks With Joyce

    Rest In Paradise 💖

  17. Rip she’s forever a queen. Continue to shine on us from the realm of our Ancestors. 🙏🏾❤️

  18. Daphne Rodriguez

    AMAZING 🌟🌈 CICELY TYSON REST QUEEN 🌹❤️🖤💚🤎💜

  19. Tiajuana Walker

    She was such a humble and successful actress. I really enjoyed watching the movies she acted in.

  20. Damn her skin.

  21. Applied Arithmetic

    Black queen, powerful woman

  22. ChiPhiChi Crysalis

    Epitome of elegance class and beauty…

  23. I remember as a child going to the theatre for the first time in my life. There were two movies playing at the theatre. Dean Martin in The Wrecking Crew, and Cicely Tyson in Sounder. I went with my siblings and my mother and grandmother. I wanted to see The Wrecking Crew but my mother and grandmother insisted on seeing Sounder. After seeing Sounder, I begged my mother to take me back the next week to see it again. She did. I have since watched that movie a number of times. Cicely Tyson gave her roles in Sounder and other films LIFE!

  24. I am so heartbroken. Im not the type to look up to celebs, but she was different. She is everyone’s aunt. She will become a great ancestor to our future. Reast in Paradise Queen!!!! 🙏🏽🖤

  25. JesusChrist IstheKing

    JESUS LOVES YOU AND HE’S COMING BACK REAL SOON!! The kingdom of Heaven is at hand so you need to REPENT of your sins!! GOD Almighty is truly Good!! HE sends down HIS Son, Lord Jesus Christ, to die for our sins!! All we need to do now is to believe that Jesus Christ was sent by the Father and believe in Him! Also reading Bible, praying, and fasting are also really crucial. So is following the commandments of GOD! Goodbye, may GOD Almighty help and bless you always!!❤️✝️❤️

  26. Any movie/show she was in I believed in every character she played. Another great joining God in heaven. I am grateful to have known of her.

  27. She lived a good healthy and rewarding life💙❤💙

  28. Angelic TroubleMaker

    💯💯💯💯💯💯

  29. REAL BLACK WOMEN DONT TWERK MAY GOD BLESS HER SOUL REST IN POWER QUEEN.

  30. Absolutely legendary ❤️

  31. Christo Parenti

    What a beautiful life, well lived, both onscreen and off. 🙏❤️

  32. Gregory Phillips

    One of a kind Queen she was truly a ” Icon” RIP 🥰💐❤

  33. She will always be my favorite actress. She was such a beautiful woman. I could watch her and listen to her speak all day. She spoke with purpose and the roles she chose to play also with that same mindset. We need to walk and live in our purpose. What a wonderful legacy to leave. ” Yeshua said, unto her I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me though he were dead, Yet shall he live John 11:25 KJV.” RIP daughter of the Most High.

  34. Social Work Sheryl

    My Heart Breaks just thinking about her Power!! She was such a Classy, Regal, Beautiful, Brilliant, Humble, Compassionate and Loving Queen!! She was a Powerhouse who embodied “Black Girl Magic!” She was Magic and there will NEVER be another like her. So glad I was able to witness her talent and grace in my lifetime. Heaven certainly gained an Angel!!💔💔😭😭❤❤🙏🏾🙏🏾✊🏾✊🏾

  35. James Spaulding

    REST IN HEAVEN MY QUEEN 👑

  36. Kandance LaRoy

    Maaaaan this is sad. She is definitely missed. ~Isaiah 26:19💜~

  37. I would love to have all her movies in my collection.
    Rip beautiful icon 🙏♥️💋

  38. She was so damn beautiful even as she got older…Rest In Paradise queen

  39. Girl let me Tell you okay

    I’m going to carry the Tyson legacy

    we strong and God fearing 🙏🏾🙏🏾❤️❤️💋💋💋

  40. As A Black ❤️ Beautiful Woman Thank you 😘😘😘😘😘😘💓💓💓💓💓

  41. Frederick Johnson

    BLACK HISTORY LEGEND 🌎🇺🇸🏆👑

  42. She was absolutely amazing! 🥺🥺❤️

  43. She was truly regal! She will be greatly missed. R.I.P. Ms Tyson🙏🏽

  44. Félix Roberto E.

    😭😭R.I.P. Cicely Tyson!😭❤️

  45. AN ICON! A LEGEND! A GIFTED ARTIST! RIP BEAUTIFUL CICELY TYSON!

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