In Honor of Cicely Tyson

I was working on a blog post—a love letter to black women—when I heard the news about Ms. Cicely Tyson.

We lost a giant, an icon, a pillar in the Black community. Miss Tyson made it to 96 years of age with a resume many actors dream of. She shattered stereotypes for many dark skinned black women looking for the promise of Hollywood fame, while paving the way for the Nia Longs and the Viola Davises of the world.

My heart aches for those who knew and loved her personally, and for those of us who only knew her from our television screens. She felt like family, because many could see ourselves in her. We all stand on your shoulders Miss Tyson.

May you rest in power, because you live on in us.

(Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)

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