Oprah Winfrey honors a legend.
sydneythe documentary detailing the life and legacy of Sidney Poitier, is officially on its way to our screens. And on September 23, the producer posted a powerful teaser for the documentary on her Instagram page, giving us a glimpse into the iconic actor’s world and the impact he’s had on Hollywood and the black community.
The promo kicks off with a pair of prolific actors talking about the A raisin in the sun actor. First there is Denzel Washingtonwho says, “He had big shoulders, he was given big shoulders, but he had to carry a lot of weight.” Morgan FREEMAN continues with “Throughout all my formative years I focused on this light.”
Spike Lee then chimes in stating, “It’s not easy to be first.”
In 1964, the Hollywood legend made history as the first black actor to win an Oscar in the Best Actor category. This step paved the way for other black artists who came after, such as Halle Berrywho became the first black woman to win the Best Actress Oscar in 2002.
The ball of monsters The actress, who is also part of the tribute, shares in the trailer, “It was the first time I’ve seen a black man assert his power.” Music and film producer quincy jones adds, “Bam! This has never happened on screen before.”
Former president barack obama also reflected on the actor, saying, “Poitier once called it his driving goal to become a better person and he made us all a little bit better along the way.”
And it wasn’t just the actors who felt those feelings, as a singer Lenny Kravitz added, “He came to this earth to move it”, before Oprah ended the teaser by saying, “The biggest box office draw, Black man, 1967, 68′, and the whole country revolves around from him.”