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.
Rapper Biz Markie Dead at 57
Born Marcel Theo Hall, he was known around the world and in Hip Hop as rapper Biz Markie a.k.a the “Clown Prince.” Unlike other rappers of his time, his fun and humorous lyrical style made him a household name that spanned generations. Best known for his most memorable 1989 hit single ‘Just a Friend’ became a top 40 hit in several countries and an anthem even for dating skeptics. Markie was a talented rapper, human beatboxer, singer-songwriter, DJ, and record producer. He also did some acting, appearing and guess starring in movies and various television episodes.
Markie reportedly battled some heath issues over the years and suffered complications from diabetes, peacefully passing July 16, 2021. He leaves to mourn his wife Tara who was by his side the evening he passed.
BAD DAD REHAB: THE NEXT SESSION
Following the success of its popular film BAD DAD REHAB, TV One recently announced the premiere of BAD DAD REHAB: THE NEXT SESSION. The film features a brand-new cast that includes rapper Anthony “Big Daddy Kane” Hardy (Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap, Dead Heist)as Owen, Lamman Rucker (“Greenleaf”, “Why Did I Get Married”) as Mr. Arnold, Blue Kimble (“Monogamy,” “Ruthless”) as Chauncey, Onye Eme-Akwari (“Queen of the South”) as Marshall, Carlo Mendez (“90210,” “Parks and Recreation”) as Hosea, Chrystale Wilson(“The Rich and the Ruthless”) as Marjory. The film will air on Sunday, June 20 at 8 P.M. ET/7C.
BAD DAD REHAB: THE NEXT SESSION follows the new class of Bad Dads hailing from Jersey City, New Jersey who must confront their personal demons in order to get their act together and become better dads. Hosea (Mendez) is more concerned about being his rebellious son’s best friend than disciplining him. Marshall (Eme-Akwari) works pyramid schemes in his mancave instead of helping his frustrated wife and son. Chaucey (Kimble) holds a grudge against his ex-girlfriend oblivious that it’s hurting their young daughter. Owen (Hardy) spent thirty years denying his daughter from an affair but now wants to make amends before her impending wedding.
Bad Dad Rehab: The Next Session is written by Keronda McKnight, directed by Juwan Lee with casting by George Pierre. The film is produced for TV One by Swirl Films with Eric Tomosunas, Keith Neal, Ron Robinson and James Sepplefrick serving as Executive Producers. For TV One, Jason Ryan is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.
Complimentary One-day Ticket To Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Six Flags Fiesta Texas is partnering with SA Metro Health to give away 20,000 one-day tickets – over $1.5 million in value – to people who get a COVID-19 vaccination at any Metro Health or partner vaccine clinic.
Beginning Tuesday, May 25, individuals who get vaccinated at any of these clinics will receive a complimentary one-day ticket to Six Flags Fiesta Texas valid through Sept 6, 2021 to enjoy a fun day at the park.
“Six Flags Fiesta Texas is honored to partner with city leaders to encourage residents to get vaccinated, especially in underserved communities,” said Park President Jeffrey Siebert. “We appreciate Mayor Nirenberg’s leadership on this initiative and we look forward to partnering with the City of San Antonio Metro Health to assist with their vaccine campaign efforts.”
Metro Health will also share the theme park tickets with its partners – including UT Health San Antonio, University Health System, University of the Incarnate Word, WellMed, San Antonio Fire Department, Bexar County Health Collaborative and Curative – to give to those who receive their vaccine at designated vaccine clinics.
“With so many people who enjoy visiting Six Flags Fiesta Texas each year, we hope people take advantage of this generous ticket giveaway and go get vaccinated. This could mean that 20,000 more residents get vaccinated to help us end the pandemic,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg.
As a reminder, people can get vaccinated either by walk-in or appointment at the Alamodome drive-thru clinic from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday.
For a list of locations of Metro Health vaccine clinics around the city, visit http://covid19.sanantonio.gov.
For more information about Six Flags Fiesta Texas, including operating hours, visit https://www.sixflags.com/fiestatexas.