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For Oprah Winfrey, ‘Sidney’ is an act of love for Poitier

By Jake Coyle, AP Film Writer Oprah Winfrey was discussing her profound affection for trailblazing actor Sidney Poitier — a longtime friend and mentor to...

The story behind ‘Star Trek’ actress Nichelle Nichols’ iconic interracial kiss

By Matthew Delmont, Dartmouth College On a 1968 episode of “Star Trek,” Nichelle Nichols, playing Lt. Uhura, locked lips with William Shatner’s Capt. Kirk in...

Sidney Poitier – Hollywood’s first Black leading man reflected the civil rights movement on screen

By Aram Goudsouzian, University of Memphis In the summer of 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. introduced the keynote speaker for the 10th-anniversary convention banquet of...

Melvin Van Peebles, Creative Genius

By Julianne Malveaux, TriceEdneyWire.com One of the first Broadway plays I ever saw was Melvin Van Peeble’s Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death. A....

Melvin Van Peebles, Godfather of Black cinema, Dies at 89

By Jake Coyle, AP Film Writer Melvin Van Peebles, the groundbreaking playwright, musician and movie director whose work ushered in the "Blaxploitation" wave of the...