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Sidney Poitier, trailblazing Black film actor and activist, dies at 94

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Sidney Poitier, Hollywood’s first major Black movie star who led the fight for racial equality in film many decades before the #OscarsSoWhite and Black Lives Matter movements, has died. He was 94. The pioneering thespian became the first Black star nominated for an Academy Award with 1958’s “The Defiant Ones” and, six years later, was the first to win the best actor Oscar for his performance in “Lilies of the Field.” Collecting his historic award, Poitier told the glamorous audience of mainly white contemporaries it had been “a long journey to this moment” — but it would b…

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