There are countless public figures who we admire for a variety of reasons; be it their work, way of life, or public presence, which can impact our decisions one way or another--whether if it is political, socially, or economically.
One man is a reflection of the best of what we all aspire to be and what most of us are working towards. American legendary icon Sidney Poitier. On January 6, 2022, the world was given the sad news of his passing, at the age of 94 in New York, USA.
The world wept this great loss as though everyone personally knew him intimately. Social Media was flooded with beautiful stories of all sorts of people who had the honor and opportunity to engage with Sidney Poitier. All celebrating his grace, elegance, and dignity.
Sir Sidney Poitier was a Bahamian-American actor, a film director, an activist, and an ambassador. In 1964, he became the first Black actor and the first Bahamian to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. He would go on to receive two Academy Award nominations, ten Golden Globes nominations, two Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, six BAFTA nominations, eight Laurel nominations, and one Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) nomination. "
In addition to this impeccable professional resume of his body of work that etched his name in Hollywood history. His style and elegance are equally recognized.
He was far more than just an entertainer for so many of us. Aside from being one of Hollywood's leading heartthrobs in the 1960's, and well known and received as a leading man for countess movies such as; Lillies in The Field, To Sir With Love, The Heat of The Night, and my all-time favorite Guess Who's Coming To Dinner.
Sir Sidney Poitier was a distinguishing figure. Sir Poitier was more than a public figure, he was our son, our brother, our father, and the image of a husband most women truly wanted or dreamt of his gentlemanly presence. He commanded respect both on-screen and off-screen and was very intentional about every project he accepted and he delivered so exquisitely.
Once he conveyed in an interview in which he so eloquently told us about his life and his choices. This must-see interview will show you why this icon earned and kept our respect.
Poitier's life extended beyond the world of entertainment--He was committed to issues that impacted African-Americans on race and social justice to the Black citizens of South Africa who were undergoing apartheid.
His passion for justice was globally recognized, respected, and undeniably apparent in the choice of characters and roles he constantly portrayed.
He has earned and deserves all the accolades he has received, from receiving his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 1974; which earned him the distinction of “Sir” to receiving the Kennedy Center Honor in 1995.
As much of a loss, this is to the world; we will celebrate his legacy and the rich heritage he left us and passes on the responsibility for the next generation to continue.
We thank you for these beautiful memories and works well done! May You Rest In Peace, Sir Sidney Poitier.