AWARD SHOW FAB: Cicely Tyson, Courtney B. Vance & More WIN BIG At The 67th TONY Awards
The 67th Annual Tony Awards were held in New York City last night and several Black actors (Cicely Tyson, Billy Porter, Patina Miller, Courtney B. Vance) walked away with Tony Awards. See red carpet pics and watch Neil Patrick Harris' controversial use of the "N-word" with Mike Tyson inside...
Last night, the 67th Annual Tony Awards were held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City with four African American actors walking away with Broadway's top honors during the three-hour CBS show.
Veteran actress Cicely Tyson proudly walked the red carpet in a gorgeous b. Michael gown to celebrate her triumphant return to Broadway after a 30-year absence.
Ms. Tyson walked away with the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for 'The Trip to Bountiful'. And it's her first Tony ever.
After the ceremony, Cicely posed with actor Courtney B. Vance who also walked away with a "Tony" during the telecast for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in 'Lucky Guy'.
Courtney was congratulated by his wfe, Golden Globe winner Angela Bassett who's also had some fab roles on Broadway.
Angela, who wore a strapless amethyst chiffon gown with a silver sequin and crushed pearl bodice from THEIA's Fall 2012 Collection, just wrapped up filming Black Nativity with Forest Whitaker, Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson.
Newly engaged actress Patina Miller (who also starred in Sister Act on Broadway) walked away with the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for 'Pippin'. Patina successfully reprised the role of "Leading Player" which was originated on Broadway by Ben Vereen. Nice!
Musical powerhouse Billy Porter won for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for 'Kinky Boots'. The hit show, which walked away with a total of six awards, featured original music written by Cyndi Lauper.
New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler and wife Kimberly proudly walked the red carpet together. The powerhouse duo were named producers of 'The Trip to Bountiful'.
Academy Award winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr., who co-starred in 'The Trip to Bountiful', was there to cheer on his castmates.
"The Trip To Bountiful" star (and all around fab chick) Condola Rashad posed with her father, tv journalist Ahmad Rashad. After her successful run in "Bountiful", Condola was reportedly cast as Juliet in the new Broadway production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Meanwhile, we told you previously that Mr. Rashad is going through a nasty split with his wife, the "very rich" Sale Johnson.
And former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, who starred in his own successful one-man show on Broadway, walked the red carpet with his wife Lakiha Spicer.
Despite the historic wins by several African Americans, the 2013 Tonys were not without a little racial controversy. During his big opening number, which featured a cameo by former heavyweight champ/Broadway star Mike Tyson, Neil Patrick Harris used the "n-word" at (3:27). And you can tell from Mike's facial expression, he wasn't aware of the lyric...but he carried on with the show.
The song got us thinking, since it was in the "context" of a performance piece and clearly written into the song by the writers, should Neil and the writers get a "pass" for using the "n-word"?
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