It is not easy to undermine Sidney Poitier’s place in the history of American cinema. He was the ultimate ceiling breaker, the first Black actor to break through the Caucasian stronghold.
But that doesn’t mean he was the onscreen equivalent of a reservation-quota topper. Poitier was a brilliant actor,bridled and implosive, bringing to his parts a rare empathy and depth, imparting to his characters the kind of unassuming wisdom that cannot be learnt in acting school.
Back during those days Black actors played Black actors in Hollywood…what else could they play?! If today Denzel Washington, Idris Alba, Will Smith and the late Chadwick Boseman are able to play colour-blind characters , they have only Poitier to thank for it. By playing protagonists who defied the apartheid in the American entertainment industry by bringing out racial issues in the open while playing mainstream…