Tag Archives: Sidney Poitier

December 2023/January-February 2024 Viewing Diary

The Golden Bachelor Watched – in great hilarity – with Karen and Allison during a raucous sleepover, and Carol pulled up on FaceTime. So we could watch together. The whole thing is so ridiculous. Maestro (2023; d. Bradley Cooper) I … Continue reading

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“Since I couldn’t actuate the things that I wanted to do, the only weapon I had was to say no.” — Sidney Poitier

It’s Sidney Poitier’s birthday. Poitier was the first African-American to win a Best Actor Oscar for his performance as Homer Smith, the drifter/handy-man in 1963’s Lilies of the Field (which also won Best Picture). Poitier is a superstar in it, … Continue reading

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“The first time I saw Sidney [Poitier] was in A Warm December, the movie I affectionately refer to as ‘Put Your Damn Shirt Back On, Sidney!'”

If you’re not aware of the ongoing series “Black Man Talk,” between two of my pals, Odie Henderson and Steven Boone, then consider yourself informed. And run, don’t walk, to read the archive. These two powerhouse-intellects and writers don’t pair … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Ruby Dee

Pioneering actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee has passed away at the age of 91. The New York Daily News has a comprehensive obituary detailing the sheer scope of this woman’s life, she who was working almost right up … Continue reading

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The Books: The Fun of It: Stories from The Talk of the Town, edited by Lillian Ross; ‘Playwright’, by Lillian Ross

It’s playwright Lorraine Hansberry’s birthday today. Here’s a post I wrote about her. Next up on the essays shelf: The Fun of It: Stories from The Talk of the Town (Modern Library Paperbacks) is a collection of “The Talk of … Continue reading

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