Long before Sidney Poitier, there was Paul Robeson, who emerged as a top-billed movie star during a period when this country normally wouldn't tolerate an African American enjoying such lofty status. Robeson was a fascinating individual whose accomplishments could also be found outside movie theaters: a Hall of Fame football player in college, a stage actor in such hits as Show Boat (singing the definitive take on "Ol' Man River") and Othello (reportedly becoming the first black man to play the titular black character), a brilliant scholar and linguist (he spoke over a dozen languages), and a social activist whose leftist leanings made him a target of right-wing zealots in the U.S. government (they eventually destroyed his career).
Delette Nycum was my great-grandmother.
Goddamn this town is a drag.
His voice just creeps me out. That is all.