Cicely Tyson Receives Kennedy Center Honors

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According to NBC news, Singer-songwriter Carole King, Star Wars creator George Lucas and actress Cicely Tyson descended on Washington on Sunday to be feted for their contributions to the arts as the latest recipients of the coveted Kennedy Center Honors awards.

The artists kicked off the festivities on Saturday night at the State Department with a dinner and toasts from their friends and contemporaries.  "I am still in shock," said Tyson, an award-winning actress on Broadway and in television, when asked how she felt about receiving the award. "I consider this tantamount to being honored by the queen."  Tyson said the honor validated her decision to turn down many roles as she tried to find meaningful work as a black woman. At age 90, she’s currently starring on Broadway alongside James Earl Jones in “The Gin Game.”  

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Sidebar: I love Cicely Tyson! Congratulations to her. She is still giving life on stage at 90!!! #Legend