Award-Winning Actress #TWF

Cicely Tyson is a legend to many! She’s an award winning actress seen in ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,’ ‘The Help,’ and Broadway’s ‘The Trip to Bountiful.’ She is our terrific woman this Friday!

Cicely was very secretive with her personal life. But she was very involved in her community. After the assassination of Martin Luther King, she co-founded the Dance Theater of Harlem. She would also teach master classes at a performing arts school in East Orange, which was actually named after her.

She has won many awards such as 2013 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress. In 1977 she was added to the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and was honored by the congress of Racial Equality. Cicely was also awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama.

Cicely is 93 years old and is still acting and setting the bar high for aspiring actresses. She is a girl with beauty and brains.

My Fabulous Confabulation with Ms.Tracey Moore

Hello, Beauties! This is my Fabulous Confabulation with Ms. Tracey Moore, who is a renowned casting director! In this chat, she drops some wisdom and tips regarding the acting business. If you’re an aspiring actor or director then this chat is for you!

Follow Tracey on Instagram @thespiritedactor
If you would like to work one on one with Tracey, you can email her at traceymoorecasting@gmail.com

To purchase her book, “The Spirited Actor: Principles for a Successful Audition,” click here.

 

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Terrific Woman Tuesday: Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Kung Fu Panda 2 and it’s sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 were two fantastic movies. Perhaps it was because they were directed by a woman! Jennifer Yuh Nelson is our terrific woman this Tuesday. Jennifer was the first woman to direct an animated feature from a major Hollywood studio.

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Jennifer was born in South Korea and then immigrated with her parents and sisters at the age of 4 to California. Jennifer’s childhood consists of watching martial arts and drawing. She went to college at California State University, where she received a BFA in Illustration. Jennifer then followed her sisters into the animation field and joined DreamWorks Animation as a storyboard artist. She got to work on films such as, Madagascar and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. When Jennifer got the opportunity to direct Kung Fu Panda 2, it became the highest grossing film ever directer by a woman. That is such an amazing accomplishment!

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Jennifer became the first woman to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film and to win the Annie Award for Best Directing in a Feature Production. She broke many boundaries and showed that having hard work and dedication really pays off. Jennifer may have first been seen as just an immigrated woman from South Korea, but now she is seen as a successful South Korean woman who directs film for major companies!

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Terrific Woman Tuesday: Hattie McDaniel

Hello Beauties! This is the last Tuesday of February, which means Black History month is unfortunately coming to an end. However, this does not mean we forget about all the wonderful accomplishments black people have done. Together, we learned about the first black woman astronaut to go up in space, the first black female judge in the United States, and the first black woman to be appointed as an American Ballet Theatre principal dancer.

This Tuesday’s terrific woman is Hattie McDaniel. She was an actress and a radio performer. Hattie was the first African American to win an Oscar in 1940 for her supporting role in ‘Gone With the Wind.’ She also played a part in the films, ‘The Little Colonel’ and ‘Showboat.’ In 1911, Hattie organized an all-women’s minstrel show and she was performing and touring with many Vaudeville troops for several years.

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After her death, the talented Hattie McDaniel was awarded not one, but two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was also inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1975 and was honored with a commemorative U.S. postage stamp in 2006. It was a challenge for Hattie to be as successful and iconic as she was due to the racism that took place in media. But with hard work and a strong outer shell, she was able to make history. This Black History Month, we honor Hattie! #terrificwomantuesday

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