Cecily Tyson To Release The Memoir We Don’t Deserve

She’s 95 and fabulous with no plans of backing down and we’re not complaining. Cecily Tyson has graced our screens for decades and we’ll finally get an in-depth read of her life.

From her notable role in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman that earned her a Primetime Emmy Award in 1974 to Diary Of A Mad Black Woman, Tyson has consistently delivered legendary performances we recognise her for today. Essence reported that the Memoir titled Just As I Am will be released January 26, 2021, and is co-written by Oprah Magazine founding editor Michelle Burford.

Cicely Tyson (1994) Cecily Tyson at the Governor’s Ball after the Emmy telecast. (Image by Alan Light)

The book will detail the actress’ younger years as a model and dancer, her marriage to jazz icon Miles Davis and of course her long-spanning acting career. Tyson also discusses her friendships with Arthur Michell, Maya Angelou, James El Jones, Whoopi Goldberg and other icons of colour.

In a statement released, Tyson spoke on identity and what really matters. “At 95, I’m only beginning to fully understand my identity, the accolades, the lights, the glamour and glitter—they’re all just ornaments on a tree. It is only a tree’s roots, its origins beneath the soil, that can reveal its entire story.”

“Every one of my experiences on the public stage has been rooted in my upbringing, those years spent at my mother’s elbow and in the pews of my church. That was my world. And that foundation, that core, led me to a lifetime of growth—a wondrous journey that has made me who I am,”.

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