I wanted to give Cicely Tyson props for her recent Kennedy Center Honor by dedicating 50 years as an actress and entertainer. A few weeks ago, Black Twitter and Instagram was having a field day with Ms. Tyson as a #CelebrityOnlyBlackPeopleKnow . Well now, America can know her and lover her, just as Black folks always have: the mama in our heads.

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 06: Honoree Cicely Tyson and past honoree Arthur Mitchell arrives at the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on December 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Kris Connor/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 06: Honoree Cicely Tyson and past honoree Arthur Mitchell arrives at the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on December 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Kris Connor/Getty Images)

 

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