We owe Will Smith award for Best Black Stand Up, like Sidney Poitier stood up

Will Smith was the talk of the 94th Academy Awards after he walked on stage to slap comedian Chris Rock minutes before winning his first Oscar. Smith smacked Rock after the host of the award show made a joke about Smith wife’s lack of hair. Smith’s wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, announced in December she […]

Dionne Warwick was starstruck when she met Sidney Poitier

Dionne Warwick felt starstruck when she first met Sidney Poitier. The iconic actor died on Jan. 6, 2022, at the age of 94, and the 81-year-old singer recalled her first encounter with the Hollywood star on the streets of New York City. During an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Warwick joked: “I […]

Sidney Poitier’s cause of death revealed

Sidney Poitier‘s cause of death has been revealed. Poitier died from a combination of heart failure, Alzheimer’s dementia and prostate cancer. The iconic actor died at his home in Beverly Hills on Jan. 6, 2022, at the age of 94. The official death certificate — which has been obtained by TMZ — also confirmed his […]

Sidney Poitier’s daughter pens heartfelt message to late father

Sidney Poitier‘s daughter has praised her dad for “changing the landscape for everyone who came after him.” The late actor died on Jan. 6 at 94-years-old and his daughter, Sidney, has penned an emotional tribute to her father. In a lengthy statement on Instagram, she wrote: “There are no words for this. No real way […]

Will Smith hails ‘iconic’ Sidney Poitier

Will Smith has hailed Sidney Poitier as a “true pioneer.” The 53-year-old actor used Instagram to pay a heartfelt tribute to the iconic star, who passed away on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, at the age of 94. Alongside some throwback photographs, Smith — who is now one of the best-paid stars in Hollywood — wrote: […]

Oprah Winfrey producing documentary about Sidney Poitier

Oprah Winfrey is producing a documentary about Sidney Poitier. The 67-year-old media mogul will serve as the executive producer for the project about the late actor — which she has been working on for over a year — for Apple and Reginald Hudlin is directing, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Poitier’s family is involved with […]

Stephen Perry pays tribute to his ‘adopted’ father, Sidney Poitier

Stephen Perry has paid tribute to his “adopted” father, Sidney Poitier. The 73-year-old actor starred alongside the late Hollywood legend — who died on Jan. 6, 2022, at 94 — when he was just 12 years old in 1961’s A Raisin in the Sun and he recalled how Sidney always used to “watch out” for […]

Legendary actor Sidney Poitier has died

Sidney Poitier has died. He was 94. The Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner actor was the first Black winner of the Best Actor Oscar for his work in Lilies of the Field. Fred Mitchell, the minister of foreign affairs for the Bahamas, said: “We’ve lost a great a Bahamian and I’ve lost a personal friend,” […]

Sidney Poitier to be honored by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opens on Sept. 30 in Los Angeles and will mark the occasion by paying tribute to legendary actor Sidney Poitier. The venue’s opulent 10,000 sq. ft. foyer currently will also be named after the iconic Oscar winner. The trailblazing 94-year-old actor earned an Academy Award for Best Actor in […]

Spike Lee to receive Chaplin Award

Spike Lee continues to receive his flowers and will be the recipient of the 46th annual Chaplin Award from Film at Lincoln Center next month. The honor will take place on Sept. 9, 2021, and will be held at Alice Tully Hall, the main venue for FLC’s New York Film Festival, which will be back […]

Arizona State University names film school after Sidney Poitier

Veteran actor Sidney Poitier is getting his flowers while he’s still alive as Arizona State University named its new film school after him. According to The Associated Press, the university is expanding its existing film program into its own school and that it has invested millions of dollars in technology to create what’s intended to […]

Dozens of Sidney Poitier’s relatives missing in the Bahamas after hurricane

More than 23 members of legendary actor Sidney Poitier’s extended family remain missing after one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded ravaged much of the Bahamas off the coast of Florida. Hurricane Dorian grew into a monstrosity as a category 5 storm that raged ashore with nearly 200 mile-an-hour winds and reduced thousands of […]

Jamie Foxx shares how Oprah Winfrey and Sidney Poitier made him a better actor

Jamie Foxx has been cast alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt in an upcoming sci-fi movie for Netflix. The untitled project is being made by Catfish directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, according to entertainment website Collider, which says that Mattson Tomlin has penned the script. Foxx, 50, will reportedly play the part of a family man who has […]

Oldest living Best Actor Oscar winner Sidney Poitier’s top 10 quotes

At age 90, legendary actor and Civil Rights activist Sydney Poitier (b. Feb. 20, 1927) is the oldest living Best Actor Oscar winner/ On April 13, 1964, Poitier became the first Bahamian and Black man to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field (1963). Poitier plays Homer Smith, a construction […]

Director Ava DuVernay on the King family’s reaction to ‘Selma’

To say that director Ava DuVernay has faced hurdles in bringing the civil rights drama, Selma, to the big screen is an understatement. After being the third director brought on board, having to redo the script, literally begging Oprah Winfrey to be a part of the project, and having to write the Dr. King-esque speeches […]

Actor Ro Brooks talks career, inspiration

What inspired you to become an actor? Watching the kids on all of my favorite shows inspired me to become an actor. What actors do you study for style and character? None; I have my own unique style of acting and creating character but I study seasoned actors for their delivery timing. What inspires you […]

Nelson Mandela and other great men in black history

(This story was originally published on April 1, 2013) As reported earlier this week, the world stood still as Nelson Mandela, the former South African president, was once again hospitalized due to pneumonia. Today, reports indicate that Mandela is comfortable and able to breathe without problems as he continues to respond to heavy treatments. Throughout […]

Influential black actors

Although Black History Month is over, the following actors are absolutely deserving of a little extra credit. Click continue to see some of the most influential black actors who paved the way for contemporary stars. –ruthie hawkins

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