Saturday Open Thread | Sidney Poitier Week

Have a great weekend everyone!

We continue with Mr. Sidney Poitier Week!


In the Heat of the Night





Buck and the Preacher

Love this movie!

Buck and the Preacher is a 1972 American Western film starring Sidney Poitier as Buck and Harry Belafonte as the Preacher. Buck is a trail guide leading groups of former slaves trying to homestead in the West, immediately after the American Civil War. The Preacher is a swindling minister of the “High and Low Order of the Holiness Persuasion Church”. Together, they protect a wagon train from bounty hunters.

This is the first film Sidney Poitier directed. Vincent Canby of The New York Times said Poitier “showed a talent for easy, unguarded, rambunctious humor missing from his more stately movies”.

The notable blues musicians Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, and Don Frank Brooks performed in the film’s soundtrack, composed by jazz great Benny Carter.

Buck and the Preacher opens with a deep rhythm and blues soundtrack reminiscent of a John Wayne Western that was given deep soul and harmony from the 1970s. The camera switches scenes to a camp of African-Americans who have been just freed from slavery and are heading West for a better life. A band of men on horseback terrorize the camp by burning wagons and tents and killing men, women and children. The leader of these white bandits, DeShay (Cameron Mitchell), is wearing an old cavalry jacket hinting at his military past.

Buck (Sidney Poitier) enters the scene and dismounts his horse to walk up to his home. DeShay makes Buck’s wife, Ruth (Ruby Dee), wave to him as if everything is all right. Buck begins to approach the house and is then caught in a firefight between DeShay’s outlaws. Buck remounts his horse and flees after being chased by the bandits. He then stops at an apparently empty campsite with a burning campfire, food and a horse. A naked man, the Preacher (Harry Belafonte), is bathing at a nearby stream and approaches the campsite to dress, but Buck steals the Preacher’s horse and his breakfast at gunpoint.

The Preacher dresses and takes Buck’s horse to the nearest town where he grabs a drink and finds out the location of the nearby camp from an African-American boy working at the general store. The Preacher is approached by DeShay and told that any information helping him to find Buck or bringing Buck in dead or alive will be worth a five hundred dollar reward. The Preacher is excited about this because he has a good feeling Buck is at an African-American wagon camp of which the little boy spoke.

Buck returns to the camp and is told by the men that an elderly Indian wise man thinks they should continue West and not turn back. The elder is shown throwing animal teeth on a towel, which the audience assumes to be a prediction of the future. Buck agrees to further help the group as the Preacher appears and punches Buck in the face. Buck then agrees to feeding the Preacher and giving him his horse back – after which the Preacher must depart and leave their camp. Buck does this because he fears the Preacher’s motives for wanting to stay after he is caught looking at the women folk and wondering aloud where the money was kept.

The Preacher leaves the group and stalks Buck when he leaves to make a deal with the Native Americans. The Native Americans pursue the Preacher and Buck bargains with them for protection of the wagon group. The Native Americans are portrayed as shrewd bargainers who constantly haggle for a better deal with Buck. After reaching an agreement, the Preacher has a new-found respect for Buck because of his hard work effort and desire to help the traveling freed slaves.

While the two protagonists are negotiating, DeShay and his men raid the camp again and do more damage. The Preacher turns cheek at this point in the film and stops attempting to corner and kill Buck for the reward because of Buck’s compassion towards the wagon camp. The Preacher then tells Buck where DeShay and his men are camped and suggests an ambush.

Buck agrees to the Preacher’s plan, and together they ambush DeShay’s campsite – killing him and most of his men. The sheriff from a nearby town pursues the pair, but they escape on horseback. The two men – along with Buck’s wife – then decide to rob the bank at the town where they murdered DeShay’s men in hopes of gaining more money for the African-Americans in the camp so they have a better chance of surviving the winter. The three unsuccessfully rob the mail office first and then cross the street to rob the bank. The sheriff returns to town during the robbery and chases the three robbers – along with their bags of loot – out of town.

Buck, the Preacher and Ruth ride hard for the Indian Territory and reach it just in time. A Native American war party is defending the boundaries of their territory and does not permit the sheriff and his posse to cross into their lands. The sheriff continues the search and finds the wagon camp but decides not to attack it. One of the men in the posse suggests they attack the camp to bring out Buck, but the sheriff disagrees arguing that the African Americans did no harm.

In anger, the man kills the sheriff and orders the posse to attack. Buck approaches the wagon camp and lures the posse into the mountains. A gunfight ensues, and the Preacher is wounded but the posse is defeated. The Native Americans who said they would not fight Buck’s battle send several warriors to help and end up being the force that turns the tide of the shootout in Buck’s favor.

The movie ends with Buck, the Preacher and his wife riding happily into the prairie.


Harry Belafonte And Sidney Poitier In 'Buck And The Preacher'



Watch the full movie here.

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74 Responses to Saturday Open Thread | Sidney Poitier Week

  1. rikyrah says:

    just finished watching this week’s Grimm.

    I’ll just say this…..

    Juliette must DIE!!

    That was my mantra, week after week, for many a season. I had backed off of it. But, what she did on Friday’s episode….

    naw…she’s gotta DIE!

  2. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Buck it! So funny!

  3. rikyrah says:

    Just finished this week’s Blacklist.


    Is there NO contingency that Red didn’t prepare for?

    His own operating room?

  4. rikyrah says:

    I realize why I like those Lifetime reality shows (Bring It!, Jump!, Bama State!)

    They show young Black people doing something positive with their lives.

    And, they show their Black parents being supportive of their dreams.

  5. rikyrah says:

    anyone else watch Bama State on Lifetime?

  6. rikyrah says:

    I love Bring It. I can’t believe how much this show has sucked me in to liking it.

    and, I’m getting into Jump! also.

    I can’t believe what those girls can do in doubledutch

  7. Ametia says:

    WHCD Red Carpet on now live!

  8. Ametia says:

    This shidiggety tells me all I’ll ever need to know about these jackals. Trying to throw cover to their piss poor job as journalist.

    White House Press Corps: Obama Doesn’t Like Us
    Posted on April 25, 2015, 11:20 am by Keith Koffler

    A whopping 78 percent of White House reporters who participated in a Politico survey say President Obama doesn’t like them, and about the same percent think Michelle Obama doesn’t like them either.

    Why does anyone have to LIKE you? Do your fucking job.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Chris Rock’s Take on Blacks in Baseball: Real Sports (HBO)

  10. rikyrah says:

    smartypants for the win


    Saturday, April 25, 2015

    Sometimes a girls just gotta rant

    Honestly, I don’t rant very often. But these emos getting into their fee-fees about President Obama and the TPP is just so, well…emo of them.

    Ever since the President told Chris Matthews that “Elizabeth Warren is wrong,” I’ve seen one diary after another at Daily Kos about how he “attacked” her. Really?!!! He didn’t call her a paid shill for the corporatocracy or a warmonger or Bush-lite. As a matter of fact, he didn’t call her any names at all. He f*cking disagrees with her. And he said she was wrong. That’s what one does if they are sane and rational in their political discourse.

    What was really laughable and extremely annoying at the same time was when the author of that diary I linked to up above said this.


    As a veteran of the Obamarox vs Obamasux battles at Daily Kos a couple of years ago, I can personally attest to the fact that if – in defense of Obama – anyone EVER said anything about trusting him, pearls were clutched into oblivion as accusations of “blind Obamabot” were screamed from the rafters.

    Well, Mr. Lux, I welcome you to the world where us peons can decide which politicians we think are smart and worthy of our trust. And no, I will reject my temptation to call you a “blind Warrenbot.” You’re welcome.

    OK, rant over. Thanks for listening. And now we’ll get back to our regularly scheduled programming

  11. Ametia says:

    “If you can look in the face of another and not see a HUMAN BEING, that’s the only way you can KILL a HUMAN BEING.”

  12. Ametia says:

    “RACISM is the failure to look in the face of another HUMAN BEING and see Yourself.”

  13. rikyrah says:

    Why pregnant women in Mississippi keep dying
    By Danielle Paquette April 24 at 2:02 PM

    NEW YORK CITY — There’s a quiet medical crisis going on in this country: the number of women dying in childbirth.

    The United States is the only advanced economy in the world with a rising maternal mortality rate. Deaths related to childbirth in the United States are nearing the highest rate in a quarter-century. An estimated 18.5 mothers died for every 100,000 births in 2013, compared with 7.2 per 100,000 in 1987. This means a woman giving birth here is twice as likely to die than in Saudi Arabia and three times as likely than in the United Kingdom.

    The problem is particularly acute in the South. For instance, Mississippi’s maternal mortality rate, one of the highest in the country, has beenclimbing for more than a decade. From 2010 to 2012, the last measure, an average of nearly 40 women died for every 100,000 births. Risk varied drastically by race: The rate for black women, 54.7, was much higher than the rate for white women, 29.3.

    Common causes for maternal death include heavy bleeding, high blood pressure and obstructed labor. But nearly half of related deaths in the country each year are preventable, said Priya Agrawal, executive director of Merck for Mothers. Oftentimes, women lack access to regular check-ups. In other words: They’re entering pregnancies unhealthier.

    “The U.S. maternal health community doesn’t know exactly why,” Agrawal said. A number of factors may exacerbate the problem, which she called a human rights crisis.

    Mississippi, for example, did not expand Medicaid, leaving 107,000 people — nearly half of whom are women — with no insurance options at all,according to the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. It also has the country’s lowest physician-to-resident ratios: 159.4 doctors for every 100,000 people. Some health advocates say racial discrimination may play a role in poor care for pregnant women. And doctors sometimes mistake a pregnant woman’s distress for nerves or paranoia.

  14. rikyrah says:


    My name is rikyrah, and when it comes to shopping, I’m pretty easy to deal with….UNTIL, I believe you’re trying to scam me. Then, I become the customer from hell.

    I’ve told you about my 8-track phone. I made the decision yesterday that I was going to enter this decade, cellphone-wise. So, I go onto the website of my cellphone carrier, and I look up phones in the price range I’m willing to spend. I go to the store, they have the cards on the shelf – you’re supposed to get the card, give it to the employee, and they bring you the phone. Well, the one I wanted wasn’t in. I was like, Ok, it was my first choice, but I’ll take the one a few bucks more expensive. Turns out that one wasn’t there either, so, I’m like, ok, I’ll take the one a little less expensive…didn’t look like the one I wanted, but I would adapt. The employee has the nerve to tell me THAT one was out too. The only ones available BEGIN at 2.5x the price of the original phone I wanted. I was like HELL NO, I’m not buying that.

    I’m like, then why do you have the cards hanging here, like you have supplies in this store? This is nothing but a scam and a fraud. He has the nerve to smirk at me and ask if I want to see the manager. I was like, yep. So, I stand there, and wait for the manager. Manager gets there, and I’m like, why are perpetrating this scam and fraud on customers. You have the cards hanging there, like they are available, when none of the options are available. You’re trying to scam and fraud people into buying that more expensive nonsense, and I’m not having it. I expect you to find the phone that I wanted, and get it to this store.

    He goes into the computer and says, it would take until Tuesday to get it to their store, but I could go to this other store, which is only 10 minutes away and they have it in stock. I was like, how come HE – the other employee, couldn’t do what you just did, instead of trying to sell me something 2.5x MORE than what I wanted to spend?

    Shook my head in disgust and just left the store.

    Just ordered the phone I wanted online, and will pick it up tomorrow at that other store.


    • Ametia says:

      HA! These fools thought you were some stupid fool, Rikyrah. The fact is businesses do this ALL THE TIME. They count on folks not being AWARE.

      The onus is the customers’ PERIOD.

      Good on you for calling out their FUCKERY.

  15. Ametia says:

    and the “Cost of Racism”

    • Ametia says:

      you stop a program, by showing a BLACK FACE. Farmers didn’t get Social Security until the 1970s, do you think all farmers were black. NO. white farmers didn’t receive SS either, because they used the black face to argue against farmers getting SS.


      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        FDR could not get the Southern congressional members to vote for social security until he agreed to exclude farmer workers and domestic workers from social security. It is said that
        at that time almost 90% of Blacks worked in those two areas. The South had its way.

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        Timestamp – 34:00 —

        This hurt white people more because the majority of domestic and farm laborers were white.

    • Ametia says:

      Whew Lord!

      “Racism is NOT FREE If you’re holding on to the notion that the vestiges of white supremacy is that important, then you will live in a world that will have war, more war, and more war.

      And the Civil War will look like a picnic.

      The solution to this problem is to see in every human being on the planet YOURSELF.”

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      I’m ten minutes into the video now.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Now I’m 21 minutes into video.

      I didn’t know the real history behind the Seminole War and the Alamo with slaves seeking freedom by moving within the Seminole populations and the U.S. going to war to stop them…..and the Alamo being about extending slavery.

  16. Ametia says:

    and “THEY LIVE”

  17. Ametia says:

    Thank you Chauncey Devega of WARN!

    FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015

    ‘They Live’ and Opening the Eyes of Average White Folks to the Harm Done to Them by Whiteness

    Ya’ll go show him some love.

  18. Ametia says:

    Friday, April 24, 2015
    TPP is Not NAFTA
    By Smartypants


  19. Liza says:

    Momentum is building….

    Democracy Now!
    Headlines April 23, 2015
    California: Union to Shut Down Ports to Protest Police Brutality

    In California, the local chapter of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union has vowed to shut down ports on May 1 in a historic protest against police brutality. In a statement, the union said, “It is fitting that on May Day, International Workers Day, Bay Area ports will be shut down to protest the racist police killing of mainly black and brown people.” It’s the first time a union has taken such action. In 2008, the same union chapter shut down Pacific Coast ports to demand an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  20. I still love ‘In the Heat of the Night theme song. Bill Champlin can SANG w/ so much soul.

    In the heat of the night
    I’ve got troubles wall to wall
    In the heat of the night
    Must be an ending to it all, oh

  21. Ametia says:

    Here you go, 3 CHICS!


    Vice President Joe Biden has more experience than any other candidate or potential candidate in the field, on either side of the aisle. When he was elected to the U.S. Senate, he was one of the youngest Senators ever, at twenty-nine years old. With thirty-six years in Congress, and eight more in the Executive Branch, his institutional knowledge of the way Washington works – and doesn’t work – is unmatched.

  22. Liza says:

    Thursday, April 23, 2015
    “Running While Black”: Protests Swell over Death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore Police Custody

    The Department of Justice is now investigating Gray’s death for possible civil rights violations. Since 2011, Baltimore has paid roughly $6.3 million to settle police misconduct claims. Baltimore authorities say five of the six officers involved in the arrest of Gray have now given statements to the Baltimore police. One has not. They remain suspended with pay. Baltimore police union attorney Michael Davey told reporters the officers were right to chase Gray after he ran away when a lieutenant “made eye contact” with him.

    MICHAEL DAVEY: They pursued Mr. Gray. They detained him for an investigative stop. Had he not had a knife or an illegal weapon on him, he would have been released. They know what role they played in the arrest of Mr. Gray. What we don’t know and what we’re hoping the investigation will tell us is what happened inside the back of the van. He was placed in the transport van. Whether he was seat-belted in, I don’t believe he was. Our position is: Something happened in that van; we just don’t know what.

    REPORTER: Do you think any of the six officers committed a crime that day?


    REPORTER: Unequivocally. And what makes you say that?

    MICHAEL DAVEY: Based on the information that I know, no.

    • Liza says:

      “Our position is: Something happened in that van; we just don’t know what.”

      That’s there “position” which means, “this is the lie we’re going to tell and we’re going to stick with it.” Well, what happened inside of that van is obvious. Freddie Gray was dying from a fatal injury inflicted during when the cops took him down. The witness on the video is screaming at the cops that “his leg is broken,” but we know that it was his neck and he was already paralyzed, totally unable to move on his own volition. So, what could have possibly happened in the van except that Freddie Gray was dying a slow, tortured, and horrible death? Who knows what the cops were doing all that time in the van, but if they try to sell a story that Freddie Gray fought them which is probably where they are going with this, then this will be one of the most egregious cop lies ever told.

      How do these people sleep at night? They have families? Children? People who love them? It defies my imagination. They are nothing but evil.

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        We all know that putting Freddie WAS the cover-up.

        They knew he was seriously injured BEFORE they put him in the van. They knew they could put him in the van and then blame the van.

        Have you noticed they have still not released the interior van video that they say exists.

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        I hit like instead of reply to correct the first sentence. Should read:

        We all know that putting Freddie in the van WAS the cover-up.

      • Liza says:

        Yeah, those cops knew he couldn’t walk or move and they knew they had a problem. But if they think they can convince any reasonable person that Freddie Gray could put up a fight, they must be out of their minds. But the phat phuck cop union attorney appears to be going there. Well, what he’s going for is reasonable doubt, but I really don’t think that’s possible. This needs to be tried at the federal level. If AG Loretta Lynch wants a perfect, winnable case, this is it.

      • Liza says:

        And the other possibility that he went into the van without a broken a neck, had a medical emergency inside the van not caused by the cops, and ended up in the hospital with a broken neck and severed spine is so ludicrous that it’s hard to believe they are even considering that as a possibility for reasonable doubt. No one could look at that video and agree with such lunacy except another cop or cop lawyer.

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        Those police are such babies…chickens bah…bah bah bah bah!

        Give them tricycles, water squirt guns, and pacifiers to suck on to keep down their aggressiveness.

      • Ametia says:

        Liza, these folks are trying to tell us that we live in Wonderland, and that what we know, see, hear, and are is not real.

        Please post these comments on the Freddie Gray Open thread too. We can’t comment enough about this murder, and 3 Chics wants the threads and comments on the record in our archives.

        Thank YOU for all your comments.

        They are thought-provoking and ON POINT!

    • Ametia says:



  23. Liza says:

    Here we go again. The Clintons.

    Clinton Foundation to Refile Tax Returns After Errors Revealed

    The Clinton family’s charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns after an investigation by Reuters found errors in how they reported donations from governments. Reuters found for three years in a row beginning in 2010, the Clinton Foundation reported to the IRS that it received zero dollars in funds from governments. But several foreign governments actually continued to donate tens of millions of dollars to the foundation. Meanwhile, another report has raised questions about the Clinton Foundation’s connection to the Russian takeover of a Canadian uranium mining firm. According to a New York Times report based in part on a forthcoming book called “Clinton Cash” by Peter Schweizer, the State Department, then led by Hillary Clinton, gave its approval to a deal which granted the Russians control of one-fifth of uranium production capacity in the United States. Amid the takeover by the company which became known as Uranium One, the Clinton Foundation received donations of over $2 million from the firm’s chairman.

  24. They call me, Mister Tibbs!!!!!!!!

  25. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone:)

    Off to swim, and run errands.

  26. rikyrah says:

    They call me, MISTER TIBBS!!!!

  27. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Good morning, Everyone.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Chile affected by the volcano that erupted this week.

    A hiker was filming waterfalls in the foreground of the volcano and captured the moment the volcano began to erupt:

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