Sidney Poitier is the most important Black man in the history of Hollywood. You didn't need me to tell you that. He is also one of the most important men in the history of me.
There was a time in my life when I wanted to be the Best Actor of this generation, of this decade. Among my role models and inspirations was Sidney Poitier. I grew up hearing his name called, saw books with his face on them and saw him in movies long before I dreamed of being like him.
I would have liked for him to have won the Oscar for In The Heat of The Night but his landmark Best Actor win for Lillies of the Field gives me no reason to complain.
Anytime I saw him walk on the Oscars stage was uplifting and inspirational because I wanted to be there one day, or in my wildest dreams, as a multiple winner.
I had a lengthy rough draft about Sidney Poitier hanging around for a long time but as past history proves, that was not the best way for me to write about him. Short and sweet seems to be the way to go. I decided to take the time to write about the legendary actor and his influence on my life.
Sidney Poitier celebrates his birthday in February 2015.