Earlier this month 95-year old Cicely Tyson graced the cover of Time Magazine. She said she will never retire from her career in acting.
“The reason why I have been in this universe as long as I have been is because he’s not ready for me,” Tyson said. “When I’ve completed my job, he’ll take me away. I know several people who have retired and then six months later, they’re gone.”
“We have to honor this blessed gift that we have. That’s what keeps you going. Keeps your mind fluid — your heart, your whole being. You can’t just stop, because that will be the end of you” Tyson said.
Tyson has been on TV and movies since the 1960s paving the way for new generations of Black women in Hollywood. She’s won many awards including Tony’s, Emmys and even nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Sounder in 1972.