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Farewell, Job Well Done Cicely Tyson

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On Thursday, January 28, 2021 the final curtain closed for actress Cicely Tyson who was conscious of and refused to play roles that were negative and “characterless.” Her career spanned for more than 60 years. Tyson’s manager for over 40 years, Larry Thompson confirmed on behalf of the family that the iconic actress had passed. She was 96.

Born in Harlem in 1924. Tyson was one of three children. Her parents were immigrants from Nevis in the West Indies. In the mist of her early young adult years Tyson desired to act. Defying her mother’s opposition of becoming an actress, her mother put her out of the family home and at one point they didn’t even speak. Tyson attributed that much of her success was driven in large part by making sure she didn’t ever fail and let her mother down.

Tyson starred in many films and television series. She gave the world decades of excellence in entertainment, but before her career took off in acting Tyson had a successful fashion modeling career after being discovered by a photographer from Ebony magazine. Her first acting role was on television in 1951 in a series called Frontiers of Faith, the remaining of her career exploded garnering a multitude of accolades and honors and will remain living history. She gave us great performances in works like The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Roots, The Wilma Rudolph Story, King: The Martin Luther King Story, When No One Would Listen, A Woman Called Moses, The Marva Collins Story, The Women of Brewster’s Place, The Help, and Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too.

Tyson’s nominations and accolades are many including Academy, Honorary Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy, Tony, Peabody, NAACP Image Awards, etc. In interviews Ms. Tyson spoke about how her receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from then President Barack Obama (the first ever Black President) was one of her most distinguished honors.

Two days prior to her death, Tyson released her memoir Just As I Am highlighting her amazing life. Her story is told with emotion and transparency often not found in other celebrity memoirs. One of her last tweets was applauding poet Amanda Gorman’s Inauguration performance of “The Hill We Climb” and one of her final interviews was with CBS This Morning host Gayle King; she was promoting her memoir.

Ms. Cicely Tyson, film and fashion icon will be missed but never forgotten.

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The Stage Is Set

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The NFL season is just a few weeks in, but the halftime time show is booked. Singer, actress, and business woman Rihanna will headline the 2023 NFL Super Bowl halftime show in Glendale, Arizona on February 12, 2023. This will be her first performance since she performed in public at the 2018 Grammy Awards, and since her 2016 album release. In 2018 it was reported that Rihanna and a number of other artist declined an invitation to perform at the Super Bowl in support of Colin Kaepernick, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who was at the center of a National Anthem kneeling controversy.

Rihanna, Rock Nation and the NFL are believed to bring music and sports fans a momentous show. This will be Apple Music’s first time sponsoring the halftime show as they have now replaced long time sponsor Pepsi.

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New Highly Anticipated Season Premiere

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All-new episodes of TV One’s original docu-series, “UNSUNG” and “UNCENSORED” debut Sunday, September 25. “UNSUNG” leads with R&B legend Tony Terry at 9 p.m. ET/8C followed by “UNCENSORED” featuring award-winning actor and entertainer Kadeem Hardison at 10 p.m. ET/9C. Each episode will be published on TV One’s website TVOne.tv. “UNSUNG,” one of the network’s longest-running and seven-time NAACP Image Award-winning series, highlights the careers and explores the personal lives of some of the most talented and influential Black artists, performers and musicians in history. On this season’s premiere episode, singer Tony Terry shares the journey of his early success, experiencing longevity in the entertainment industry and clears the air in his own words. 

The season also includes: 

“Women Take The Mic” Sunday, October 2 

Reggae Revolutions Sunday, October 9 

Jean Carn Sunday, October 16 

Warryn Campbell Sunday, October 23 

Norman Conners Sunday, October 30 

Solar Records Sunday, November 6 

“UNSUNG” is narrated by actor Gary Anthony Williams and is executive produced by Frank Sinton and Arthur Smith of A. Smith & Co. Productions. Mark Rowland, Kysha Mounia and Jamecia Blount also serve as Executive Producers. For TV One, Austyn Biggers is the SVP of Programming and Jason Ryan is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production. 

Directly following “UNSUNG” is the return of the hit, autobiographical series “UNCENSORED,” which explores the lives of popular celebrities and personalities as they provide first-hand accounts of their successes and the obstacles they faced throughout their careers. The premiere episode highlights award-winning actor Kadeem Hardison. While best known for his iconic role as Dwayne Wayne in the classic “A Different World,” Kadeem transparently and authentically shares the story of his nearly four-decade career. 

This season also includes:  

Keshia Knight Pulliam Sunday, October 2

Tyson Beckford Sunday, October 9

Garcelle Beauvais Sunday, October 16 

KeKe Wyatt Sunday, October 23 

Mario Van Peebles Sunday, October 30 

Deon Cole Sunday, November 6 

“UNCENSORED” is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas, Keith Neal, and James Seppelfrick (Executive Producers), Jay Allen and Nikki Byles (Co-Executive Producers), and Rachel Valley (Producer) of Swirl Films. For TV One, Austyn Biggers is the SVP of Programming and Jason Ryan is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production. 

For more information on “UNCENSORED” and “UNSUNG,” visit TV One’s YouTube Channel and check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes content on http://www.tvone.tv. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TV One’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) Be sure to follow “UNCENSORED” & “UNSUNG” on Facebook and Instagram (@UncensoredTVOne) using the hashtag #UncensoredTVOne and #UNSUNG. 

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Blacks Win Big

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This year at the 2022 Emmy Awards black actors and writers made their presence known. It was an extraordinary night at the Emmys with wins for the history books in major categories. Abbott Elementary and cast members walked away with Emmys including Quinta Brunson, Writing for a Comedy Series and Cheryl Lee Ralph who picked up her first-ever Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Abbott Elementary). Ralph portrays Mrs. Howard, a tough but loving kindergarten teacher.

Actress Zendaya won her second Emmy for her role in HBO’s hit “Euphoria.” She made history because at age 26 she became the youngest to win two Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. (Her first Emmy was won in 2020 in the same category for her portrayal of troubled teen Rue Bennett.) Lizzo’s “Watch Out for the Big Grrls” won in the Competition Program category, and Jerrod Carmichael won his first Emmy for Writing for a Variety Special Rothaniel.

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