Cicely Tyson passed away: An actress who Shattered Stereotypes, Pioneering “Sounder” Oscar Nominee & “The Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pittman” Emmy Winner, “A Woman called Moses.” She Was 96

Her latest role Ophelia Harkness in How To Get Away With Murders is perhaps most young people know her from but she had already made history before starring as [Anna Harkness’ mother.] Annalise Keating

Whether one is familiar with her work or not; there aren’t very many in the entertainment industry who can say they stuck to what they believed in regardless of the cost.

Ms. Tyson, maintained the positive image of African American women through out her long career. Unwilling to comprise cost her much work, but it paid off was building a bridge so that main-stream America got to see African American women as they truly are, not as often portrayed in movies and books. She refused to portrayed characters that were demeaning to black people, especially black women.

“The Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pittman” is the story an a woman born in slavery who lived to see the Civil Rights’ Movements. The original iconic scene of Miss Pittman slowly walking to the water fountain to take a sip of water from a faucet which she would have been killed for drinking out of a mere twenty years earlier is a scourge America is still living with but in a different way.

It’s told through the eyes of someone who lived what we read about or what some of us find too disturbing to read about.

“Stunning. I know of no black novel about the South that excludes quite the same refreshing mix of wit and wrath, imagination and indignation, misery and poetry. And I can recall no more memorable female character in Southern fiction since Lena of Faulkner’s Light In August than Miss Jane Pittman.” — Josh Greenfeld, Life

This is a later edition.

This is one of the most iconic movie scenes of the Civil Rights era.

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A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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6 Responses to Cicely Tyson passed away: An actress who Shattered Stereotypes, Pioneering “Sounder” Oscar Nominee & “The Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pittman” Emmy Winner, “A Woman called Moses.” She Was 96

  1. ShiraDest says:

    Yes, iconic it is, and diminished we are for her loss. Thank you for this post, Unholy.
    Be safe,

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Cele says:

    I was shocked and saddened to learn of her passing. Not many become a living legend . I was introduced to her work as a child and has been hooked ever since. She was a better actress than a model.


    • Yes, I too was introduced to her work as a child and has held a fascination with it ever since. She played in some of the most iconic movies of all times. “Roots” was one of those movies.


  3. She is indeed a legend. I know she was 96, but somehow I pictured her going on forever. Her memoir Just As I Am, was published last Tuesday.

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