Showing posts with label Diahann Caroll. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Diahann Caroll. Show all posts

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Tyler Perry dedicates a soundstage at his Atlanta studio to Diahann Carroll

Filmmaker Tyler Perry delighted a star-studded crowd of A-list celebrities and politicians Saturday when he dedicated a new soundstage at his sprawling Atlanta studio to actress Diahann Carroll during a gala ceremony at the complex.

Perry paid tribute to the groundbreaking African American actress, one day after the announcement of her death. Carroll, who made TV history as the first black actress to star in a prime time series as a career woman rather than a domestic worker in “Julia,” died at age 84 following a long bout with cancer, said her daughter Suzanne Kay.

Perry had already planned to honor Carroll with the soundstage, one of several dedicated to pioneering African American entertainers during the weekend celebration.

But while the dedication of stages to Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith and Sidney Poitier were cheered by the largely VIP crowd, the tribute to Carroll was a clear highlight.

“We are honored to have shared this planet with Diahann Carroll,” Perry said on a stage in front of the chocolate-brown structure. As the cover was removed, unveiling the name of the stage, the gathering cheered robustly as fireworks marked the moment.

Said Perry, “Let her hear you up in heaven” as clips from “Julia,” “Dynasty,” the film “Claudine,” where she played a welfare mother, and other moments from her career played on a screen.


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Oprah, Lee Daniels to honor African-American TV

[SOURCE] Oprah Winfrey and Lee Daniels are among the stars set to honor the achievements of African-Americans in television at a gala next month.

Winfrey and Daniels will be among the special guests at the Paley Center for Media’s tribute on May 13 in New York City.

The event will recognize milestones such as the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, and the 35th anniversary of the launch of TV network BET (Black Entertainment Television).

President and CEO of the Paley Center, Maureen J. Reidy, says in a statement, “Television, more than any other medium, has paved the way for social change, and this momentous African-American tribute is a great expression of the Paley Center’s mission to highlight the critical role of media within our society.”

In addition to Winfrey and Daniels, other celebrities slated to attend include Diahann Caroll, Phylicia Rashad, Cicely Tyson, Anthony Anderson and Wynton Marsalis, among others.