Ava DuVernay And Cicely Tyson Share Majestic Twitter Exchange Over Time Cover

"Thank you for all that you are, and for all that you continue to give us," the director wrote. "This is the least of what you deserve, Your Majesty."

Cicely Tyson celebrated her recent cover on Time magazine by thanking Ava DuVernay, who guest-edited the special issue. Their Twitter exchange brought joy to many readers.

The 94-year-old acting legend tweeted to the acclaimed 鈥淪elma鈥 director on Saturday, sharing her appreciation for the opportunity to grace the cover of Time. It鈥檚 the magazine鈥檚 second annual 鈥淥ptimism鈥 issue, which went on sale Friday.

鈥淚 have been asked multiple times what it feels like to be on the cover of @TIME?鈥 Tyson wrote. 鈥淢y humblest answer is, had u not been guest editor, I would probably never know. For that I am truly grateful and thankful that God put u in my life. I hope the cover inspires many more.鈥

DuVernay responded, 鈥淚t was my true honor, Your Majesty.鈥

Tyson, who was notably nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role in the 1970s film 鈥淪ounder,鈥 has also been recognized for her years of activism. The Emmy Award-winning actress currently plays Ophelia Harkness in Shondaland鈥檚 hit series 鈥淗ow to Get Away With Murder鈥 and received an honorary Oscar this past November.

In a letter to readers, DuVernay wrote that the 鈥淎rt of Optimism鈥 issue intends to 鈥減resent the idea of optimism, hopeful progress and radical change through the appreciation of art.鈥

The special edition features two covers; the other one has an original painting by 36-year-old South African artist Nelson Makamo.

DuVernay also thanked Tyson for her decades of contributions to society in another tweet Saturday.

鈥淚 love you, Ms. Tyson,鈥 she wrote. 鈥淭hank you for all that you are, and for all that you continue to give us. This is the least of what you deserve, Your Majesty.鈥

Debra Lee, former BET Networks chairman and CEO, joined in on the celebration of powerful women on Twitter.

Congratulations @IAmCicelyTyson!鈥 she wrote. 鈥淪o well deserved. And you look gorgeous!! Thank you @ava for shining a light on our queen!!鈥

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