sidney poitier*Today in black entertainment history, actor Sidney Poitier became the first black man to win an Oscar in 1968.

Poitier went on to win many awards throughout his illustrious acting career but nothing beats the first, especially when you make history at the same time.

Today, Poitier has retired from the acting life and shows up at industry events and awards ceremonies only.

Here’s an excerpt from a piece at NewsOne.com

As one of the finest Black thespians to ever grace the silver screen, veteran actor, director and author Sidney Poitier has long cemented his place in the annals of film lore for his staggering list of achievements in the acting world. Long retired, the 85-year-old achieved one of the highest honors in his field 48 years ago today, becoming the first Black actor to win the coveted Academy Award (Oscar) For Best Actor in 1963.

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