7. Sidney Poitier
Unfortunately, 2022 is the year when we lost several celebrities that marked history in American culture, and Sidney Poitier is one of them. He was the first African American actor to win the Academy Award.
He died on Jan. 6th, 2022, and the announcement was confirmed by the Bahamian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Poitier was a trailblazer who paved the way for Black actors and also one of the last living celebrities of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
His role in Lilies of the Field brought him an Oscar in 2001, and eight years later, Barack Obama gave him a Presidential Medal of Freedom.