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BOOK: Charles Blow’s ‘The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto’ — By HOPE WABUKE

January 26, 2021 – By HOPE WABUKE

In his new book ‘The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto’, Charles Blow recalls hearing Harry Belafonte give a speech.

The subject was Belafonte’s bailout of some student members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC.) Belafonte had raised $70,000 in bail money and called up his best friend Sidney Poitier  to help him deliver the money. But it was not easy. Belafonte recalled how he and Poitier were chased by the Ku Klux Klan, whose members accosted them at the airport; Belafonte and Poitier had to take off speeding in a race for their lives.        Continue reading

Diversity at the Oscars – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Diversity at the Oscars – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The keys on the piano may be black and white but sometimes they seem to be miles apart.

Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier

Michael Caine has asked Black actors to be patient. If there were an Oscar for patience Black actors would have won it many times. Remember Hattie McDaniel? She was the first Black person to win an Academy Award. Hattie won it in 1939 for best Supporting Actress in the movie ‘Gone with the Wind’ in which she played the role of Mammy.
On the night of the ceremony Hattie had to sit in a segregated area reserved for Blacks.
In her acceptance speech Hattie recognized the import of the moment and hoped that she was a ‘credit to her race.’ One of her greatest desires was to be buried in the Hollywood cemetery among he ‘showbiz types’ but even in death she found segregation.
The cemetery was for whites only. Hattie died in 1952, two years before Brown v the Board of Education.   Continue reading

The Dignity of Sidney Poitier – interview video

The Dignity of Sidney Poitier – interview video

This is a recent interview of the actor, Sidney Poitier (86), where he comments on his life, his acting roles his image and the high standards he insisted on throughout his acting career.  He also introduces his latest book that reflects his life.   [Published May 12, 2013]