Cicely Tyson Honored at BIFF Fest!

Cicely Tyson has been a voice and presence in the arts for decades. From her performance in Alex Haley’s Roots through her 26-year wait to star in the all-Black cast version of the stage play The Trip to Bountiful on through her no-nonsense delivery in an episode of How To Get Away with Murder, she has endured racism, progress, setback and an array of accolades over the span of her decades long acting career.

Adding to her stellar resume and trophy shelf will be the first-ever “Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute Award” to be presented to Ms. Tyson on Feb. 28, at the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF).

“Cicely Tyson is an immensely gracious and beautiful woman, an extraordinary actress who has broken barriers in film and in her theatre performances,” Leslie Vanderpool, BIFF Founder and Executive Director said in a statement. “Ms. Tyson is also known to be an advocate for Civil Rights and the basic of human kindness. She is the governess of acting and a true role model for all men and women of color.”

Tyson will be in attendance for the special tribute to accept the prestigious award.

“I am honored to be receiving the 1st Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute Award. This award, in recognition of my dear friend and colleague delights my heart; both Sydney and I have always tried to use our career to not only entertain and enlighten, but to educate as well,” Cicely Tyson said.

In the below clip of Ms. Tyson’s appearance on Oprah’s Master Class, the iconic actress discusses the beginnings of her career in the arts.

Well deserved!

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