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AWARD SHOW FAB: Cicely Tyson, Courtney B. Vance & More WIN BIG At The 67th TONY Awards

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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...


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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.

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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.

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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'.

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Courtney was congratulated by his wfe, Golden Globe winner Angela Bassett who's also had some fab roles on Broadway.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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'.

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Academy Award winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr., who co-starred in 'The Trip to Bountiful', was there to cheer on his castmates.

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"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.  

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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"?



Photos via Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North America




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tom022's picture

My respects to Ms

My respects to Ms Tyson....Awful frock though ! NPH and company; great opening number. The N-word if indeed it was used, has not place in a modern and progressive society.

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Hilda_Sat3's picture

Whites made up the word so

Whites made up the word so WHY NOT black people just use the word casually while talking to each other WHICH IS DUMB AS FUCK. Even i use it at times but it's still a derogatory term NO MATTER WHO USES IT, but if you niggas say "IT'S NO LONGER A BAD TERM , and these crakkkas who made the word up to insult your ass want to use it" THEN WHY NOT. Negros forget about everything and want to include everybody, no way in hell you could get a jew to call himself a kike and give a GERMAN a PASS to say that shit HELL ANYBODY A PASS. But niggas are slaves genetically it's like they use to being fucked over.
LetsGetIt's picture

From afar, I loved Cicely

From afar, I loved Cicely Tyson's dress but upon further inspection, I don't like it, perhaps if it were shorter or went up to her knee, I'd liked it more. But to each their own -- however, I have huge respect for her as an actress who respects the craft. Hell NO, Neil shouldn't get a pass for saying it. Y'all forget he added the "E R" to the word. Weren't we all supposed to be beating his ass about then. I know black people wanna be respected but that should have been the moment when Mike Tyson knock his ass out and the rest of the nominees walk the hell out. Stand up for justice. Damn, Cicely was there for the Civil Rights movement and nothing has changed. People today, black people today, better stand for something or fall for everything and/or nothing at all.
dimples876's picture

NPH said "bigger" and

NPH said "bigger" and "highest bidder" not the n-word.
elleohsee's picture

Did they not rehearse the

Did they not rehearse the song before they got on stage to perform it? I think NPH slipped...either way it's not what they call you, it's what you answer to and he said it in a room full of non-N words...otherwise, that would've been an a$$ whippin comin. Tyson caught himself...he almost had... A N-a moment

Cicely, Angela, Condola, all

Cicely, Angela, Condola, all the celebs looked fab!!
Cynthia Cole's picture

NO PASS!! Find another word.

NO PASS!! Find another word. Damn!!! Sosickofthisshit!!!
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leelee13's picture

And her lack of style.

And her lack of style.
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Nikki100's picture

Condola Rashad is gorgeous.

Condola Rashad is gorgeous. Cicely Tyson has been 80 for the last 40 years right?
BEEMA SUX DIX's picture

lol! dont nobody betta talk

lol! dont nobody betta talk about cicily "slave face" tyson! NOBODY!! they wrong as hell for wrapping her up in that purple silk casket liner too. dead ass wrong!
sugarsteez's picture

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ebyruff27's picture

I love Broadway

I love Broadway actors/actresses the most. They carry themselves with a higher level of class and sophistication, that regular celebrities lack, or refuse to represent. Luv Angela Bassett, Audra McDonald, who is a total Boss, and Rashad daughter is beautiful.

I didn't notice this before,

I didn't notice this before, but now that you said it, Broadway actors/actresses do carry their selves with a higher level of esteem then regular celebrities. They don't get the buck bucks that Hollywood celebs do, but they should when you figure all it takes to put on a Broadway musical and making sure you performance is class a every night.

Great thing Mike Tyson didn't

Great thing Mike Tyson didn't react.What was the context of the song, the play?, I'm glad Tyson didn't react in a negative way, because if he did, Tyson would have been the angry black man. Sometimes, you have to ignore things, to prove you're the bigger person. And besides, at this point, how can blacks get upset, when we were stupid enough, and childlike enough to make the word into popular slang for the new society in which we live in. Don't hate something you created. i'm more insulted that black folks use it, knowing that word was used to lynched, murder, rape, enslave blacks., but black folks use it , and say, it takes away from the sting.


GOTCHA6's picture

They are saying "Go Neil Go."

They are saying "Go Neil Go." Wow...just wow lololol
GOTCHA6's picture

No one should get a pass for

No one should get a pass for using the n-word. Not NPH because he's gay, (it's not the same thing), and not Gwyneth Paltrow because dumb ass rappers said she can have one. SMH.
PacificGirl's picture

Agreed. I am NOT amused.

Agreed. I am NOT amused.

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trixiecpkymosley's picture

I don't care for Cicely

I don't care for Cicely Tyson's gown but she's such a HUGE talent she could've work a plastic bag. Congrats to ALL of these people. They're talented, well-respected and *classy*. Those awards are long overdue.

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Jesus H. Christ's picture

1. Class 2. Talent 3.

1. Class 2. Talent 3. Beauty 4. Legendary 5. Integrity ... What a proud moment in history for black entertainers. Please post Ms. Tyson's speech. I started crying. It's equally as sad that we have allowed the n-word to become pop culture and another way we have allowed ourselves to be defined.
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