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President BidenJoe BidenBiden hopes for big jobs number on FridayJan. 6 brings Democrats, Cheneys together with GOP mostly absentEquilibrium/Sustainability Climate, democracy emergencies indivisible MORE on Friday paid tribute to Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier after news of his passing, recognizing him as a trailblazer who changed the way America saw itself.

With unflinching grandeur and poise his singular warmth, depth, and stature on-screen Sidney helped open the hearts of millions and changed the way America saw itself, Biden said in a statement.The son of tomato farmers in the Bahamas, Sidney became the first Black man to win the Academy Award for Best Actor but the trail he blazed extended leaps and bounds beyond his background or profession.  He blazed a path for our Nation to follow, and a legacy that touches every part of our society today, Biden continued.

News of Poitiers passing broke on Friday. He was Hollywoods first African American film star and became the first Black man to win an Oscar for best actor in 1963 for his role in the film Lilies of the Field. Poitiers films often explored racial attitudes in America and he is widely credited with helping pave the way for Black film stars.

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Tributes to Poitier from prominent figures poured in on Friday. Former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaEquilibrium/Sustainability Climate, democracy emergencies indivisible Obama calls out GOP over Jan. 6Biden, Obama to speak at Reid’s funeral in NevadaMORE, who awarded Poitier the prestigious Medal of Freedom in 209, tweeted that his groundbreaking roles and singular talent, Sidney Poitier epitomized dignity and grace, revealing the power of movies to bring us closer together.

Poitier died in the Bahamas on Thursday, according to acting director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Bahamas Eugene Torchon-Newry, who confirmed his passing to various news outlets.