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SoCal Black Chamber of Commerce Salutes Sidney Poitier  
By Sentinel News Service 
Published February 9, 2022

Legendary actor Sidney Poitier will be honored with a virtual tribute on Feb. 17. (Ian Foxx photo)


On Thursday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m., the Hollywood chapter of the Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce pays tribute to entertainment legend, icon, and activist Sidney Poitier.   

The virtual business mixer theme is “Blacks in Business Making History” and will focus on Mr. Poitier’s contribution to the business of entertainment. 


Poitier was a Bahamian and African American actor, film director, and diplomat. In 1964, he was the first African American actor and first Bahamian to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. He received two Golden Globe Awards, a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), and a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album. 

The virtual mixer is the first for LyNea “LB” Bell in her new role as Hollywood Chapter president for the Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce. Bell has a history of community involvement, business leadership and working with non-profit organizations and now turns her efforts towards bringing together business leaders and organizations in the Hollywood area.  

Honorary speakers and business leaders including L.A. Councilmember Curren Price, Glynn Turman, Bill Duke, Hal Williams, Dwan Smith, Bobby McGee, Beverly Todd and Kokai Ampah.  

Other confirmed guests will include Assemblymember Mike Gibson and Pastor William D Smart, CEO/president of the Southern Church Leadership Conference of Southern California.

Register for the virtual salute today at:  


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