Wednesday, February 24, 2016

“By the fall of 1967, Sidney Poitier was one of the...

"By the fall of 1967, Sidney Poitier was one of the biggest movie stars in America and was ready to shed his tidy, no-fuss image. "For Love of Ivy" — the romance he filmed that fall with the jazz singer Abbey Lincoln — was a walk on the wildish side. The film showed not only a high-functioning black business world, but black romance, too. "You look at that photo now and maybe see a pair of American stars just being beautiful together," writes the @nytimes critic at large Wesley Morris. "But back then, the idea of these two making love would have been this close to starting a revolution." The scene being filmed here didn't appear in "For Love of Ivy," and this photo, taken by @nytimes staff photographer Ernie Sisto, didn't run with the @nytimes article about the film, which focused primarily on the complications of wrangling hippies to play extras.

After 3 weeks of diving into our #archives for our #unpublishedblackhistory project, we're asking you to share your own version of #unpublishedblackhistory. It could be a snapshot from an important event or a quieter personal moment that reveals a deeper truth. Visit the link in our profile to submit your photo. We'll share a selection at the end of the month on" By nytimes on Instagram.

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