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A Blues for Tom: Sidney Poitier's Filmic Sexual Identities

Ian Gregory Strachan

Ian Gregory Strachan received his PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania. He is Associate Professor of English at the College of The Bahamas. He has also held the post of Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and is a former fellow of the Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Paradise and Plantation: Tourism and Culture in the Anglophone Caribbean (2002). He was recently co-edited an issue of the University of Miami’s journal of Caribbean studies, Anthurium dedicated to Bahamian literature. He has also recently contributed a chapter to Routledge’s forthcoming anthology Black Cinema Reconsidered entitled “The Measure of Men: Legacies of Sidney Poitier’s A Piece of the Action.” He is also a published playwright, poet and novelist. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Poitier Revisited : Reconsidering a Black Icon in the Obama Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Until racial integration became an accepted norm, the fear of racial contact was always translated by racist white folks into a fear of black male sexuality.The truth is I was tired of fighting Hollywood. Tired of trying to push the studios...