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Alicia Keys And Harry Belafonte Honour Ruby Dee At New York Memorial


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Alicia Keys, Harry Belafonte and actress Tyne Daly were among the celebrities who helped to celebrate the life of late screen icon Ruby Dee at a special memorial service on Saturday (20Sep14).

Guests gathered at the Riverside Church in New York to salute the actress and civil rights activist in a three-hour ceremony, which featured performances from jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, Peter, Paul and Mary star Peter Yarrow and pregnant Keys, who sang her Superwoman hit for the crowd.

Daly joined fellow actresses, including Phylicia Rashad, Kim Fields, Pauletta Washington, Lynn Whitfield and S. Epatha Merkerson, to read passages of Dee's poetry and prose, while the veteran entertainer's A Raisin in the Sun co-star Glynn Turman paid tribute to Dee, saying, "I feel honoured to have known Ruby Dee, but I feel so very blessed that she knew me."

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Alicia Keys To Lead Ruby Dee Tribute


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Alicia Keys and Broadway star Audra Macdonald have signed up to lead a tribute to late actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee.

A memorial for the star will be held at the Riverside Church in New York on 20 September (14), and Keys and MACDonald will be among the famous faces saluting the movie and theatre great, who died in June (14), aged 91.

Dee's poetry and prose will be read by Angela Bassett, Tyne Daly, Phylicia Rashad, Pauletta Washington and Lynn Whitfield, among others, while Harry Belafonte will deliver a eulogy.

Public Memorial Service Set For Ruby Dee In New York


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Veteran actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee will be honoured at a special public memorial service in New York in September (14).

The Jungle Fever star passed away on 11 June (14) at the age of 91 and now her family, friends and fans will be able to celebrate her life at the Riverside Church on 20 September (14).

The ceremony will include songs and tributes from those closest to the stage and screen icon.

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Beloved Actress And Civil Rights Activist Ruby Dee Dies At 92


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Actress Ruby Dee, who first came to prominence as the star of A Raisin in the Sun and Do the Right Thing, has died at the age of 91. Dee’s daughter, Nora Davis Day has confirmed the sad news. 

"She died of natural causes," said Arminda Thomas, who works for Dee's family, for Reuters. "She was blessed with old age."

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Dee wasn't just known for her considerable acting talent.

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Broadway's Lights To Be Dimmed To Honour Ruby Dee


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Late thespian Ruby Dee will be honoured by the Broadway community on Friday night (13Jun14) when the lights outside the Great White Way's theatres are dimmed in her memory.

The actress, who starred in several Broadway hits, died on Wednesday night (11Jun14).

Broadway's lights will be dimmed for one minute.

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More Tributes Pour In For Ruby Dee


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Omar Epps, Talib Kweli, Questlove and Alyssa Milano have added to the tributes pouring in for actress Ruby Dee, who died on Wednesday (11Jun14) at the age of 91.

The film and Tv star, who was best known for her roles in American Gangster, A Raisin in the Sun and Do the Right Thing passed away of natural causes in New Rochelle, New York on Wednesday night and many stars are now expressing their condolences on social media.

Taking to Twitter.com to pay tribute to Dee, Omar Epps writes, "R.I.P. Ruby Dee! A true legend!"

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Ruby Dee Dies Aged 91


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Ruby Dee has died aged 91.

The Oscar-nominated actress passed away on Wednesday night (11.06.14) at her home address in New Rochelle, New York City, with her family by her side.

Her daughter Nora Davis Day told the Associated Press today (12.06.14): ''We have had her for so long and we loved her so much. She took her final bow last night at home surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

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Ruby Dee Dies Aged 91: Remembering The Actress, Poet And Activist


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Ruby Dee, star of stage, screen and written word, died yesterday at her home in New Rochelle, New York. A pioneer at a time when African-American actors were given very little space on stage or screen, Dee was the proud winner of an Emmy, a Grammy, a Screen Actors Guild award, and an Oscar nomination during her long and illustrious career.

A family member confirmed the new today, via NY Daily News, but declined to comment further on any more details, such as the cause of death.

Born Ruby Wallace on the 27th October 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, Dee was raised in Harlem, New York. She made several appearances on Broadway before her first film role in 1949, in the musical drama That Man of Mine. She then played Rachel Robinson in The Jackie Robinson Story in 1950, and starred alongside Nat King Cole, Eartha Kitt and Cab Calloway in 1958's St. Louis Blues.

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'Free Angela And All Political Prisoners' Premiere

Ruby Dee - New York Premiere of 'Free Angela and All Political Prisoners' held at The Schomburg Center Langston Hughes Auditorium - New York City, New York , United States - Wednesday 3rd April 2013

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Premiere Of 'Betty & Coretta'

Angela Bassett, Ruby Dee and Mary J Blige - Premiere of 'Betty & Coretta' New York City USA Monday 28th January 2013

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Lincoln Center Film Society's 2011 Chaplin Award Gala Honoring Sidney Poitier At Lincoln Center - Arrivals

Quincy Jones and Ruby Dee - Quincy Jones, Sydney Poitier and Ruby Dee New York City, USA - Lincoln Center Film Society's 2011 Chaplin Award Gala Honoring Sidney Poitier at Lincoln Center - Arrivals Saturday 2nd April 2011

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Celebrities Attend The Lincoln Center Film Society's 2011 Chaplin Award Gala Honoring Sidney Poitier At Lincoln Center

Quincy Jones, Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier - Quincy Jones, Sidney Poitier, and Ruby Dee Monday 2nd May 2011 Celebrities attend the Lincoln Center Film Society's 2011 Chaplin Award Gala Honoring Sidney Poitier at Lincoln Center

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Grey Goose Entertainment Celebrates Sundance Channel's Fifth Season Of 'Iconoclasts' At Lavo Restaurant

Ruby Dee Tuesday 21st September 2010 Grey Goose Entertainment celebrates Sundance channel's fifth season of 'Iconoclasts' at Lavo restaurant New York City, USA

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American Gangster Review


OK
There's something dead in Denzel Washington's eyes nearly all of the way through Ridley Scott's American Gangster, which takes what should have been a mesmerizing slice of urban historical grit and grinds it into roughly two hours of standard issue cinema. Washington is playing Frank Lucas, a real-life crime boss who for a period lasting from the late 1960s into the following decade, ran Manhattan "from 110th to 155th, river to river." A real slick character who doesn't need to strut his worth on the street, Lucas hates flash like a junkie hates rehab: It reminds him of all he truly is but doesn't want to be. Facing off against him is New Jersey narc Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe), a womanizing tough guy with a short fuse but a heart of gold (aren't they all), who's so clean that when he and his partner come across $1 million in untraceable cash he had the bad manners to turn it all in without taking a single bill for himself. In a big-city police department in the 1970s, boy scout behavior like that will just plain get you killed -- the guy who's not on the take is the guy who could very well sell you down the river when the grand jury comes sniffing around for who is on the take.

Ridley Scott has a good thing going here, tossing these two Hollywood bigshots into the ring and letting them play cops and robbers while he slathers on the period detail with a trowel. There's some serious Superfly outfits (including a godawful $50,000 chinchilla coat that plays a surprisingly key part in a plot twist), a generous helping of soul music, enough fantastic character actors to choke a horse (Idris Elba, Jon Polito, Kevin Corrigan, an incredibly sleazy Josh Brolin, and so on), the specter of Vietnam playing on every television in sight, and the odd enjoyment one gets from watching cops in the pre-militarized, pre-SWAT days take down an apartment with just revolvers, the occasional shotgun, and a sledgehammer to whack down the door. Scott's smart enough to let the story cohere organically and without rush, keeping his main contenders apart for as long as could possibly be borne, making them fully developed characters in their own right and not just developed in opposition to the other. But there's something in this broad and expansive tale that can't quite come together, and it seems to start in Denzel's eyes.

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A Raisin In The Sun Review


Excellent
Sidney Poitier is on fire, as usual, in this play adaptation -- something in the vein of A Death of a Salesman, Long Day's Journey into Night, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Poitier's family faces racial prejudice as it moves into a new home in an all-white neighborhood while entering an ill-advised business venture that leaves them penniless. The struggle to triumph in the face of adversity transcends the film being pegged as a civil rights picture, and thanks to the leadership of Poitier, a classic is born.
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