My Interview with Cicely Tyson


Good Afternoon, Ms. Tyson we are very honored to have you on our show today. You have paved a way for actresses, especially POC actresses, and just have been so inspiring for many people. It is an honor to be in your presence and to sit with you and talk. Now, we all know you didn’t start out your career being an actress but rather you were a model for the magazine, Ebony. Not only did you come from a home with strict parents, but you also left your home to pursue your dreams. A lot of young artists and new talent are doing the same and I find it completely astonishing how it only takes dedication and determination to become who you have always wanted to be. Now of course one thing that I think we can all agree on is there are many obstacles when people are trying to achieve their goals. When it comes to the entertainment industry, most of those obstacles are being a different race other than white, and also being a woman in the industry is very difficult. I know because I am both a woman and black, and it is difficult, but with people like you it helps me keep fighting for my goals.

Question: Out of all the accomplishments you have made so far, what was the hardest?

Answer: Trying to show people the violence of white racism, and not participating in a lie. It was difficult but it showed people the truth (the miniseries Roots)


Question: When you were younger did you see yourself where you are now?

Answer: My first job was working at Red Cross and I hated,… I wouldn’t say I knew I would be an actor, but I knew I wanted to go into show business.


Question: If you could shed some wisdom on people who are coming in the entertainment world, all genders and races, what would you say?

Answer: “I hope that the next generation of actresses learns from me that to your own self you must be true. You cannot go by anybody else’s ideas. And if you don’t feel what your character has felt during the course of their years, you can’t make someone else feel it.”


Question: What do you think was the difficult part of being the profession you are, was it your race or that you were a woman?

Answer: I would say both played an equal part of challenges in my career.


Question: What are you most proud of?

Answer: I made up my mind that I could not afford the luxury of just being an actress and that I would use my career as my platform which is what I have achieved.


Now once again, thank you for taking time out of your day to sit down with me and have this incredible talk. Ms. Tyson you are an idol for many and it will always be that way.  From making a statement in Roots to being on broadway, you did it all.  You are one of the strongest people in this industry and everyone aspires to make just as much of an impact on the world as you do. Thank you for coming and it’s been an honor.

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