On Saturday night after attending the Caribbean Cook Off I went to a birthday party for a close friend. While out on the deck we saw fireworks and joked that it was in celebration of her birthday. I now know that it was in celebration of the opening of the 30-acre Tyler Perry Studios in southwest Atlanta. This was a historic event as it is the first major television and movie studio owned and run by an African-American film producer. In attendance were many heavy hitters in film and television like Oprah Winfrey, Ruby Dee, Louis Gossett Jr. and Will Smith. The faces that were of particular interest to me were Sidney Poitier and Cicely Tyson.
Sidney Poitier is from the Bahamas although he was born in Miami while his parents were visiting. He is the first black man to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field.
Cicely Tyson was born in Harlem NY to parents who immigrated from the Island of Nevis (St. Kitts & Nevis).
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