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Angela Bassett, Susan L. Taylor Will Host Screening & Celebration Of Ruby Dee’s 90th Birthday

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by Tambay A. Obenson
October 26, 2012 10:18 AM
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Wonderful news!

You might recall the feature documentary on the lives of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee we highlighted the Kickstarter campaign for ($53,000 was raised successfully), directed by their grandson, Muta'Ali Muhammad.

Titled Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee, and described as "a documentary style film about Love, art and activism," the film will tell the life and love story of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, for the first time, incorporating candid and revealing conversations and much more.

So it'll be a night celebrating her 90th birthday, with lots of black celebs, which will include a 30-minute preview of the above film.

Details via press release below:

ANGELA BASSETT AND SUSAN L. TAYLOR TO CO-HOST STAR-STUDDED SCREENING IN CELEBRATON OF RUBY DEE’S 90TH BIRTHDAY

THE FILM LIFE’S ESSENTIALS WITH RUBY DEE HONORS THE LIFE AND LOVE STORY OF RUBY DEE & OSSIE DAVIS

New York, NY – October 25, 2012 – Announced today, acclaimed actress, Angela Bassett along with Susan L. Taylor, Editor-in-Chief, Emeritus and Founder of National Cares Mentoring Movement, will host the upcoming screening and celebration of Ruby Dee’s 90th Birthday. Bassett and Taylor are announced as the latest in the distinguished company of supporters, special guests and committee members.

The legendary Ruby Dee will be honored on November 14, 2012, at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, during an excerpt screening of Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. In the life story documentary, Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee's legacy lives on in their grandson's quest for the secrets to love, art, and activism.

A prestigious group of celebrities, activists, and community leaders will be on hand for the premiere of a 30 minute excerpt of Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee, which her grandson, Muta’Ali, is dedicating to her.

Bassett and Taylor will serve as co-hosts of the special birthday celebration. Ambassador Andrew Young, Latonya Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson and Courtney Vance serve as Honorary Chairs.

Recognizing the importance of the film, this screening is a first in a series of Life’s Essentials screenings supported by AARP this fall. The event is made possible through the generous support of Billye and Hank Aaron, AARP, as well as 1199 SEIU, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Camille and Bill Cosby and the Carol Sutton Lewis and William M. Lewis, Jr. Charitable Foundation.

The feature release of Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee is scheduled for 2013. Find out more about Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee at RubyDeeStory.com

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4 Comments

  • ALM | October 26, 2012 7:37 PMReply

    Congrats :)

  • urbanauteur | October 26, 2012 2:42 PMReply

    Living Legend..;-)

  • JMac | October 26, 2012 2:24 PMReply

    Great news. Back in the early 70s, my father opened one of the first black businesses of its kind down south and Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis appeared at the grand opening. They didn't do it for money or attention but just to encourage other blacks to patronize the business. Both were/are class acts. Different time and place when black actors used their fame to uplift others - not just for their own selfish means. Dad still has the picture of the event with all three of them displayed on the center of his coffee table and proudly shows it off to anyone who visits. Happy Birthday Ms. Dee. Can't wait to see the documentary.

  • Cordell | October 26, 2012 10:51 AMReply

    That's amazing!

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