Love At First Sight

The year was 1983. It was the year I first laid eyes on Cicely Tyson. There was something captivating, something magnetic that drew me to her. Her essence, her Qi was strong.

I grew up with my grandparents until I was twelve years old. There was no television. The only access to television I had was when I visited my mom in the city for Easter and a few weeks in the Summer. There was only one television channel: TTT. And during my visits, I watched Sesame Street, Chips, and Martial Arts Movies. That’s it.

Portrait of Academy Award winning American actress Cicely Tyson smiling and raising her arms in the air during a visit to London, February 19th 1973. (Photo by Dennis Oulds/Central Press/Getty Images)

On one of those occasions in 1983, my mom called us to watch Roots, and that’s when I saw Cicely Tyson for the first time. Binta Kunte was a fierce, breathtaking mother and women. My thought was, wow. she looked like my aunts, my grandmother and the women of my village; Something I’d never seen on television before. I loved her smile, her strength and her loving in Roots. Later on, with more access to media, I came to love her style, her confidence and the mysterious air about her. She had my heart the first moment I saw her. A rare occurrence for me. Rest In Peace Cicely Tyson.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 08: Cicely Tyson arrives at GBK Pre Oscar Gift Lounge at Kimpton La Peer Hotel on February 08, 2020 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Maury Phillips/Getty Images for GBK Productions )

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