As an actor and entertainer, there are many that I look to for inspiration but none more than Sidney Poitier. This is the actor who just about single handedly opened the door for more positive and dignified portrayals of African-Americans. An actor whose body of work is a testamonial to the positivity depth and complexities of the African experience. This truly exeptional individual turned 81 this past Sunday.
I watched a film tribute to him on TCM (Turner Classic Movies) yesterday and the performances that he produced in "A Raisin in the Sun" and "Edge of the City"and "Lillies of the Field" (For which he won the Academy Award for best actor in 1963) and other classic films continue to blow me away. So here is a salute to you Mr. Poitier, you continue to blaze a path for younger artists such as myself.