Posts Tagged ‘Cicely Tyson’

Good Morning Monday

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on February 25, 2019 at 8:51 am

good_morning_monday.jpegGood morning baby. How are you doing?
I’m over here in my studies, Bachelors of Science pursuing

and I’m doing good. My GPA is one that you’d agree with.
The curriculum load is heavy – but not too heavy for the kid.

Enough about me, I have missed you duly.
Did you enjoy your weekend? Did you ‘take it easy,’ truly?

I did.
Nothing bothered my wig.

I lived in the editing bay.
The fundamentals of production are in play.

I’m up a little later because I bed real late.
I spend 8-12 hours on production; my work is my play.

Hey! I’m into it and I’m also into you.
Good Morning Monday love. I’ve really missed you, Boo.

Any chance that you caught the finale of the TRUE DETECTIVE series?
I loved the entire production especially Mahershala Ali.

Ooo Wee, he and Stephen Dorff his co-star
spanned the ages of their character’s, by far.


Cicely Tyson played ALL OF THE ROLES

They took a page straight from Ms. Jane Pittman‘s make-up chair.
The way Mahershala moved in and out of era caused me to greatly stare.


Great work, good writing.
All of the composition was inviting.

HBO is on it; I duly aspire.
Having said as much, I’ll bid you adieu so I can go script fire.

Though you should also know that I have not had my a.m. coffee,
I’m Qui
Dear Monday Morning I love thee and the lack of caffeine has never stopped me.




In Book, Communication, Movies, Networking, News, Self Improvement on August 12, 2013 at 8:50 am

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Letter On a recent trip to New York City, I had the pleasure of seeing the Broadway play The Trip to Bountiful. While the show was amazing, the real treat for me was meeting its star, the incomparable Miss Cicely Tyson, who brought the house down with a performance that earned her, at age 79, her first Tony award. As I waited after the curtain went down to be ushered backstage, it occurred to me that I was about to have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of meeting a living legend whom I have admired for as long as I can remember. And in that moment, nothing else mattered. I felt happy and full of life. Which is my definition of wealth.

Ebony Mag_QuoteSure, our annual Black Wealth issue is packed with important financial advice that will enable you to get on the right path toward financial freedom and security. and in this issue, EBONY launches our 12-month Black Wealth Challenge, where each month, we will be offering you tips, tools and a specific plan to guide you toward your financial goals. The ultimate prize, however shouldn’t be to have the biggest house and drive the fanciest car.

True wealth isn’t about the stuff you collect; it’s about your ability to enjoy the wonderful experiences that life has to offer. Some of those experiences may require more resources than others. Sending your child off to college is an experience that will require significant funds. Taking a long walk at sunset with someone who loves you will not. And take it from me: Your feeling of personal contentment won’t increase relative to the number of red-bottomed shoes in your closet. But if you wear any pair of shoes to a restaurant to meet good friends for a night of great conversation, that’s priceless.

While some important experiences wil require saving up, fortunately, so many of the most meaningful experiences you can have cost little or no money. Here are five ideas that will help you create a rich and layered life:  EbonyMag_Quote2

We hope you will join our EBONY Wealth Building Challenge, but also keep in mind all the components of living a rich life. Email me or hit me up on Twitter to let me know what experiences make your life feel more full.

–Amy DuBois Barnett
Twitter: @amydbarnett | Email:
[Reference source: Ebony Magazine August 2013]

Cicely Tyson is still very much in play
at the tender age of 1 + 78.

One can only hope and one can only pray
to be comparable to her success in their wisest day.

She has conquered many fortified tasks, having been born in 1933.
And was a prime source of art inspiration to a much younger Qui.

My heart does love all that she has contributed to the EBONY me and you.
I’m Qui
Still mesmerized by her work in Miss Jane Pittman too. Ooo!

Today is all about Cicely Tyson – may she know how much she’s seriously affected us.
From the streams of Maine, to the New York Plains, to the plateaus of the red state Texas.
May the ripples of progress connect us.


In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on July 10, 2012 at 9:27 am

Hey-Hey-Hey! Remember the old WHAT’S HAPPENING series from the late seventies? If you’ve never known it, get familiar: via AMAZON.

Remember Rogers little sister Dee? I do. There was one line in particular that I remember [that still cracks me up to this day], it was in an episode where the high school teen Roger was tasked with baby sitting his little sister Dee, (Mom – played by MABLE KING worked the night shift), but Roger wanted to go to a party with Rerun and Dwayne, so he called Millie (the aging babysitter) over to watch Dee instead. Once Dee found out Roger was going out anyway, she threatened to run away, by saying to Roger,

Good ol’ Cicely Tyson. [lol!] If she could pull off portraying Mrs. Jane Pittman from her youth to her death without changing out actresses, then surely she could portray Dee in her adolesence. Even though Cicely was well into her 40’s at the time that WHAT’S HAPPENING was running. lol!

Talk about age-defying feats, Cicely Tyson has the goods. But what about Dee? Where has she gone and what is she up to? Well Dee’s real name is Danielle Spencer and I found a great update on her and what she’s doing in the JULY Issue of Ebony Magazine. You know I had to share it with you:: At age 12, Danielle Spencer — best known for her role as Dee on the hit seventies sitcom What’s Happening!! — survived a car crash that left her unconscious. Three decades later, the effects of that collision suddenly returned.

n 1976, during the second season of What’s Happening!! I was involved in a head on car crash. My stepfather, who was the driver, died on impact. I suffered a broken pelvis, arm and leg and I was in a coma for three weeks. When I came out of it, I had no memory of the accident. I came home in arm and leg casts to recuperate for six months. A few years after the show ended, I traded the stage for the classroom: I enrolled in college and eventually earned a degree in veterinary medicine. For more than 10 years I worked as a vet and experienced no effects from the accident. That changed in 2004. While I was in New York City during the Christmas holidays, I felt a tingling in my legs. At first I dismissed it as fatigue from walking around. But when I lost my balance trying on a skirt, I knew something was wrong. Still I was in denial — until the pain became so bad, I couldn’t climb the stairs. A few months later I underwent an MRI. The doctor called me with the diagnosis: I had spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column that causes pressure on the spinal cord.

Within days of that diagnosis, my condition became so debilitating that I couldn’t walk without falling, and I became confined to a wheelchair. When the doctors ran more tests they discovered that the injuries I suffered from the accident more than 30 years before, were the culprit. In addition to spinal stenosis I had bone calcification, a painful condition of extra bone growth that was pressing on my spinal cord. I then heard some news that really frightened me: I’d have to have a surgery that could leave me paralyzed. My biggest fear came true: After surgery, I had no feeling from the chest down.

Doctors were optimistic that the paralysis would only last a few weeks. It lasted eight months. I went from having a positive attitude to having an angry one because my physicians hadn’t explained things to me, nor did they recommend a rehabilitation plan that would help me walk again. I kept asking God why this was happening to me. Once home from the hospital, I fell into a deep depression and even considered suicide. I had only been married five years. I desired to have children and had to realize it probably wouldn’t happen.

I told my husband, Garry, I’d understand if he wanted to leave me, but he wouldn’t hear of it. Instead, he tried to encourage me with passages from the Scripture. But I didn’t wan to read nobody’s Bible or listen to anything religious. I felt helpless — and I needed a change of environment. They say ‘you can always go home’. By the end of 2005, with Garry’s full support, I flew to my mothers home in New Jersey and became a patient at the famed Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation where Superman actor Christopher Reeves had received care. Within three weeks— and after eight months of no progress in Los Angeles— I was up and walking with the use of a walker. Garry flew in from the West Coast for regular visits. It put a bit of a strain on our marriage, but we made it.

Learning to walk again was a struggle, but being in New Jersey gave me hope– and that hope gave me my life back. My focus gradually shifted from my pain to my blessings: a supportive husband, good friends and a loving family. In 2007, I returned home to Los Angeles and slowly eased back into my life and career as a veterinarian. Last year, I published Through the Fire: Journal of a Child Star. As I recovered, I received calls with offers to appear on the TV Land Awards and last year on the Wendy’s Williams Show.

I’ve made peace with the fact that surgeries, back pain and walking with crutches will be part of my life forever. Some days are good, somedays are difficult. Yet despite the challenges, there are reasons to celebratge. My life includes volunteering with a charity that feeds the homeless; providing care for animals through my work as a vet; and relishing a wonderful 13-year marriage to the man who has been my rock. I’m fulfilled in ways I never imagined. At last, I can truly say that I love what’s happening now.


The DIARY OF A COMEBACK is always in style,
and Dee is up walking – spanning new miles.

Her marriage is great. Garry is a treat.
Dee must cook well – Ol’ Gar’ likes to eat.

Yes he’s a big brother – though BIGGER is his heart.
Garry craves intellect & Dee is pretty smart.

He’s got good taste across the board,
and Dee ain’t tattle telling no more.

Mable King crossed over in 1999
and Shirley Hemphill wasn’t too far behind.

4 years later we were none the more merry
in 2003 – we lost “ReRun” – Fred Berry.

God makes no mistakes and so we’ve carried on.
Roger’s still working.
His career is still strong.

Dee is still on fire and happy to boot.
She works on our pets. Awww, ain’t she cute.

Dwayne Nelson faded to black on the television screen a long time ago,
then Haywood stepped forth to tackle a course that took him down the engineering road.

Google lent me no specific details — please believe I looked.
True he’s very private, though I found him on Facebook.

Peep the details of his journey on the following feed
Haywood updates us on what he’s doing and his past deeds:


And so, What’s Happening with Dee? ALL IS WELL.
I’m Qui
Reading July’s EBONY and couldn’t resist to tattle tell.