Toni Morrison, editor, educator, novelist, and Nobel Prize winner in Literature has died at age 88. With sadness and gratitude it was confirmed on the official website of the Toni Morrison Society that Toni Morrison has joined the ancestors.
Celebrated for her works in literature, Morrison is most popularly known for her bestseller novel “Beloved,” a story about a former slave who killed her baby to make for certain the child was never enslaved. “Beloved” won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Award. “Beloved” was said to be inspired by the story of an African-American slave, Margaret Garner who escaped slavery by fleeing to Ohio, a free state.
In 1993 Morrison was the 1st African American woman to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature, and in 2012 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
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The earthly curtain has closed for the last time for the multi-talented, actress, singer, model, activist, Tony-winning-, Oscar nominated, and first Black woman to star in her own TV series; Diahann Carroll, died today at her Los Angeles home at age 84. Reports note that she had battled with cancer for some time now.
Born Carol Diahann Johnson, she went by Diahann Carroll. Known for her beauty and poise, Carroll broke race barriers when she stared in the TV series Julia in 1968. Her role was iconic because it was the first time a black woman didn’t play the role of a servant. She was also well recognized for her role in the film Claudine and for playing the character Dominique Deveraux, a mixed-race diva in the soap opera Dynasty.
RIP Diahann Carroll.