The world can say their final farewells to the legendary actress, Cicely Tyson at a public viewing today at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. Tyson was a long time member of the church and will be available to view from 10am to 6pm. COVID-19 protocol will be in place, masks and social distancing will be required. Please be advised that photographs and video will not be permitted.
Tyson was a New York native born on December 19,1924. In the early days of her career, the Harlem native, modeled before becoming the star we knew her as. Tyson was the recipient of 49 awards and has been nominated for numerous other prestigious honors. Tyson most recently released her memoir right before her passing. She was truly a lady of style, grace and talent.
Ms. Tyson was 96 years old when she departed on January 28, 2021. Her impact of the culture will forever live on. Sending love and light to the Tyson family and friends.
The Honorable David Dinkins, the first and only African American mayor to serve in New York City has died at the age of 93. Dinkins passed away at his Manhattan home on Monday evening. According to the New York Police Department, an EMT call was made from the residence reporting an unconscious male with breathing complications. The New Jersey Native, served as the mayor from 1990 to 1993. He attended Howard University where he met his late wife Joyce, who passed away back in October.
During his time in public office the former mayor’ fought largely for the improvement with race relations in the city. Dinkins was a leader for the African American community in New York. He fought alongside other civil rights leaders in the New York political circuit. Dinkins made impacts on issues like affordable housing, healthcare directly affecting HIV/AIDS services, due to the crisis at that time, as well as crime rates in the city.
Following his role as mayor, he began teaching at Columbia University in 1994. In later years, you could even find the late mayor walking around the streets of Harlem. Dinkins leaves behind two children and two grandchildren. A true pioneer, David Dinkins will be missed by many.
While some of you may have been sleeping, Saturday Night Live aired their 46th season. The show was hosted by Chris Rock and included fresh new skits and some new faces. Life as we know it has changed drastically since COVID-19, but SNL was there to relieve some of that stress that may have been building up. One of the highlights of the night was Alec Baldwin and Jim Carrey’s sketch reenacting the disastrous Presidential debate that occurred earlier this week. Chris Rock was joined by musical guest, Megan Thee Stallion.
The rapper had a powerful message to send about black women being the most disrespected and unprotected person in the world. In addition, she emphasized how important it is to protect black women and protect black men. Touching on the ongoing senseless violence against black men in America.
Something that caught many eyes in one of Megan’s performances was the visual of bleeding gunshots in the backdrop. This clearly was in reference to Megan Thee Stallion becoming a gun violence survivor back in August. While the jury is still out on that case, the message was still very much truthful and needs to be heard on a national platform regularly until changes occur.
Saturday Night Live has announced that the next two episodes will be hosted by Insecure’s Issa Rae and comedian Bill Burr.