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Sidney Poitier Was The Nelson Mandela Of Hollywood

Sidney Poitier Was The Nelson Mandela Of Hollywood

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…

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