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“In her long and extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson has not only exceeded as an actor, she has shaped the course of history.” (President Barack Obama, 2016 Presidential Medal of Honor ceremony)

"Just as I Am is my truth. It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside. Here, I am indeed Cicely, the actress who has been blessed to grace the stage and screen for six decades. Yet I am also the church girl who once rarely spoke a word. I am the teenager who sought solace in the verses of the old hymn for which this book is named. I am a daughter and mother, a sister, and a friend. I am an observer of human nature and the dreamer of audacious dreams. I am a woman who has hurt as immeasurably as I have loved, a child of God divinely guided by His hand. And here in my ninth decade, I am a woman who, at long last, has something meaningful to say.” (Cicely Tyson)

©2020 Cicely Tyson (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Best book I've ever listened to!!

Sis it was worth the wait so inspirational. was captivated from start to end. Love

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What a gift she gave us! ❤️

Loved it! What a gift she left us! ❤️ Thank you Ms. Tyson! Rest in Peace!

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Beautiful Heartfelt Life Story

I loved the intimacy of this book. Ms. Cicely is someone I have treasured since I saw her in her earliest films up there on the big screen. Such diversity of experiences and adventures.

I would have liked to hear her own voice more but the Pearls of Wisdom contained within more than made up for that.

Thank You Regal One Cicely
For all that you did share
Love and Peace


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Just as I Am

A vivid account of her life’s journey with lessons from which we can learn how to manage our own lives and avoid the pitfalls that resides along life’s highway. A valuable addition to one’s collection and should be required listening or reading for all.

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Remarkable

The weight of Ms Cicely’s life is somehow penned with such ease and flow in here. A near century of life and experience shared respectfully touching on just about all aspects of her life. The beauty of it really should be taken in, in pieces and reflected on as much as you need. I definitely will be picking up a paper copy from a black owned bookstore as well. Robin Miles did a wonderful job - it truly felt as though I were sat in front of Ms Tyson as she recounted these memories. What a timely release. May she Rest In Peace.

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A wonderful legacy of a life well lived.

Cicely is a great example for all women how faith in the Lord and following heart and life took her, she is an inspiration for not just Black but All Women through life

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This Book touched my soul!

Cecily Tyson's book touched my soul. Her fortitude, tenacity and conviction throughout her life is very admirable. A brilliant storyteller who pulls you up close and personal in this great story which is her life. This book will be a great legacy, many years to come.

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Refreshing

Listening experience was a “breath of Fresh Air”.
I can feel the honest account of Cicely life experience.
I hope this story wins some Positive Awards.
The Narration was also an award winning performance.

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Inspirational and Powerful

Never in my life have I listened (read) from the foreword to acknowdgement (one or both are missed), however I needed to soak up every morsel of this outstanding biography. I am inspired to live my life better and do better in every aspect of my life. It was colourful, compelling and felt extremely authentic. Thank you Ms. Tyson for leaving us this treasure 🙏🏽

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Beautiful and addictive story

This book was amazing. My admiration for Ms Tyson has grown. The truth in her story is refreshing. Love every bit of it. I felt every emotion. Worth the listen I was hooked.

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  • Marlise Alexandre
  • 2021-01-29

Disappointed with the background noise

So disappointed in the audio signal it wasn't clear at all. I'm so mad I really want to hear this book. But background noise is very disturbing. Ugh please fix this issue asap.

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  • Mz Fabulous
  • 2021-01-29

A Legend and National Treasure

My childhood is filled with memories of Cicely Tyson creating memorable characters on the small screen. She was the embodiment of grace and excellence. I was well into adulthood before I realized that she was much younger than the 110 year old character she created in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. She brought characters to life and made you believe! I watched what would become her last interview wherein she discussed this memoir. I chose this version so that I could hear her tell it in her own voice. RIP Miss Cicely Tyson. Thank you for sharing your gifts and enriching our world.

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  • MarshaReneé
  • 2021-01-30

Know your value-Cicely Tyson

I recommend this book to everyone especially those who are students of their history. And those who wonder about Mrs.Tyson’s life. This audible allows you to hear her voice. Beautiful. She discusses her life journey from Civil rights to BLM. She helps to separate Religion from Spirituality. She discusses details of her marriage to Miles D. and her relationships with many, many other people. And shares her thoughts of two of her God-children. She discusses the importance of taking care of your body and shares her food and exercise regimen. Overall she shares how to have class (B classy) throughout all life struggles. She says, Learn who you are and your value. respect yourself and others. This book is RICH...

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  • 2021-01-31

Beautifully Human; Great Narration

I'm so glad we got to hear a synopsis of the life of one of our national treasures before she departed this Earth.
Cicely Tyson has been a household name for 6 decades and has cemented herself into the fabric of the Black community. She was truly the last of a group of Black American Titans who paved the way for so many of us, in so many different areas.
Though she was born of my grandmother's generation, her life story was highly relatable. Her upbringing, the mistakes she endured through, the sacrifices she made to pursue her dreams, the disappointments of giving your all for men and love, and the resilience to push through in spite of were particularly encouraging.
I especially enjoyed hearing her reflect on her career, her interactions with other dignitaries and how she navigated the underbelly of Hollywood. The more things change, the more they remain the same.
She lived a LONG and fruitful life and mentored some of our up and coming legends. That's how it should be done. I'm so glad that she received proper acknowledgement while she was here with us and I truly hope that she is at eternal peace. She told us EVERYTHING at the very end. She gave us so much and absolutely did her very best. Journey well, Ms. Tyson!

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  • Linda
  • 2021-01-29

Profound story

Such a prolific life and important book. I am so grateful that she planted this seed before transitioning. One beautiful soul.

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  • K. Winston
  • 2021-01-29

Sankofa!

To go back and fetch. A bestseller two days before ascending. Bravo 🙌🏾 Deep bow 🙏🏾

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  • jeane
  • 2021-01-30

Excellent book everyone should get a cooy

An excellent read thank you for blessing us with your talent queen Cicely Tyson May your soul Rest In Peace

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  • jennier lapsley
  • 2021-01-30

Well Done

Rest easy Queen 🤍🕊🌹
Thanks for this, she was more than a pioneer. Through her story, it inspired me to be a better woman, a unstoppable woman.

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  • Tammy
  • 2021-01-31

Powerful

The story of her life is a testament to the glory of the Lord manifested in her life. It is also a love letter to her daughter who had to share her mother with the world. To Joan I say thank you.

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  • Karyse Payne
  • 2021-02-06

I’ve never knew a book could heal this deep

Writing this as the acknowledgments are read, my soul lifted and eyes full of tears; you need to read this book. Not just black women(while let’s be honest Ms. Cicely was our life force) but everyone. This book speaks honestly and eloquently, with vigor and empathy. In a time where things seem uncertain this story of faith, promise, patience and purpose have given me a sigh of relief and a new set of eyes. The depth in which she saw not only her characters and colleagues but also the black women who would come to read this book gave me chills. I pray this book becomes required curriculum as she is truly a piece of history

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