Rest In Power Queen Diahann Carroll
Over the weekend the world stopped to mourn the passing and celebrate the life of entertainment trailblazer Diahann Carroll. American Television’s first Black woman TV star to be featured in a non-stereotypical or subservient role, Dame Carroll sought to show audiences in America and abroad the versatility and beauty of black acting outside of the racist pigeonhole.
In addition to singing, modeling, and activism, she is known best for being the 1st black woman ever to win a Tony award for Best Actress in the Broadway production of “No Strings” and her iconic roles as Dominique Devereaux on the classic soap opera Dynasty (ask your grandma’s about burnt champagne) and her Academy Award winning performance as Claudine.
There aren’t words to describe the impact of her legacy nor the blow of her loss. Diahann Carroll, along with the rest of our legends, helped to lay the foundation that black entertainers young, old, and in-between, have come to stand on decades later. She was a mentor and role model not just to Black Hollywood but to all of us. She will be missed and revered. Rest in Power, Queen Carroll.