Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ruby Dee - Thank You!

Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee ~
Cannes Festival,  for Spike Lee's film, "Do The Right Thing" (1989)
photography - David Lee 
Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis were married for 56 years. Solid as a rock. That is truly the kind of love that warms my heart and lets me know that that generation of men and women? They knew how to work things out with love and mutual respect for one another. Like my grandparents, who were married for 51 years, love and mutual respect, was the glue that kept them together.

Ruby Dee was Mother, Wife, American Activist, actress, playwright, screenwriter, and journalist. Ms. Dee won an Emmy, Grammy, and an Obie Award. 

Most noted for the roll of Ruth, in
 Lorraine Hansberry's
"A Raisin in the Sun" Screen Play -1959)
and the film, "A Raisin in the Sun "(1961)
Director Spike Lee's  
"Do The Right Thing" (1989)
Ruby Dee also received the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors.
At the age of 83, she played Mama Lucas in "American Gangster", where she played Denzel Washington's character's Mom, and received a Screen Actors Guild award for Mama Lucas. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, next to Gloria Stuart, in the movie, "Titanic" - at the glorious age of 87!
Well, Alright!

In an interview with NPR, Ruby Dee mentioned how she'd like to be remembered:
"In those little flashes of moments...that picks up from some moments of despair."
Rest in Peace, Ruby Dee.
(Ruby Dee - Oct 27, 1922 - June 11, 2014)

Thank you, Ruby Dee, for being a trail blazer for generations to come - as a Mother, Wife, Activist, playwright - and a woman of worth. True to your life, we must value our selves. 

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