Cicely Tyson Among Kennedy Center Honorees
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

The Kennedy Center Honors, which recognizes achievements by Americans in the arts, recently honored leaders in music, Broadway, and film, including songwriter Carole King, filmmaker George Lucas, actress and singer Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa, and actress Cicely Tyson.

“Quite simply, our Honorees represent the voices, soundtracks, and stories of our personal lives and memories,” said Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein.

“When I look at this year’s outstanding slate of Honorees, I am struck by a powerful common theme – artists as history makers, artists who defy both convention and category,” commented Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter.

Gospel sensation CeCe Winans serenaded Tyson for her honor in her more than 40 years in entertainment, from Broadway to film roles.

Soul icon Aretha Franklin was also part of a star-studded roster of singers who paid homage to honorees to an audience that included President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Other celebrity attendees included Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, Valerie Jarrett, and Mellody Hobson.

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Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.