Nobody slayed more than our QUEEN, Miss Cicely Tyson. While we are deeply saddened by her passing, we are blessed and honored to share this gift of her life story in her own words with all of you. With a career stretching across seven decades, her extraordinary talent and career awakened a sense of pride and excellence for Black women.
In her memoir "Just As I Am," she opens up about her legendary experiences in Hollywood and refusal to accept derogatory roles intended to dehumanize the life of Black women. This iconic book is a celebration of her life and legacy as a trailblazing artist who is forever etched in Black history. We salute this queen. A woman of grace, a woman of class, a woman of integrity, Miss Tyson will be dearly missed. One can only wish to live a life as rich and as full as the 96 years Miss Tyson gave to the world.
"Just As I Am is my truth. It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside. In these pages, I am indeed Cicely, the actress who has been blessed to grace the stage and screen for six decades. Yet I am also the church girl who once rarely spoke a word. I am the teenager who sought solace in the verses of the old hymn for which this book is named. I am a daughter and mother, a sister, and a friend. I am an observer of human nature and the dreamer of audacious dreams. I am a woman who has hurt as immeasurably as I have loved, a child of God divinely guided by His hand. And here in my ninth decade, I am a woman who, at long last, has something meaningful to say.” –Cicely Tyson