Monday, November 29, 2021

WE REMEMBER: Legendary Actress Diahann Carroll Dies from Cancer at 84

*Groundbreaking actress Diahann Carroll made history on television performances in Julia and Dynasty. A Tony Award winner and Oscar nominated performer, Carroll personified grace, class and intelligence in all of her most notable performances.

However, today is not a time of celebration but of remembrance as the world mourns the loss of an original diva at the age of 84 after a long bout with cancer, according to her daughter Suzanne Kay.  

Carroll was the first African-American actress to star in her own non-stereotypical primetime series in “Julia,” alongside Fred Williamson, Paul Winfield and Don Marshall as her leading men.  

“We were saying to the country, ‘We’re going to present a very upper-middle-class black woman raising her child, and her major concentration is not going to be about suffering in the ghetto,’ ” Carroll noted. 

“Many people were incensed about that. They felt that [African Americans] didn’t have that many opportunities on television or in film to present our plight as the underdog … they felt the [real-world] suffering was much too acute to be so trivial as to present a middle-class woman who is dealing with the business of being a nurse. 

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Ricardo A. Hazell began his career in journalism in 1996 as a Research Intern for the prestigious Editor & Publisher Co. His byline has appeared in The Root, Washington Post, Black Enterprise and he helped define culture within the African Diaspora as Senior Cultural Contributor at The Shadow League. Currently working on the semi-autobiographical novel "Remorse".

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