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Portrait Of Ruby Dee

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In February during Karen in the Afternoon its Black HER-Story Month where we are celebrating Black History month everyday with a “She Fact.”

Today we acknowledge Oscar nominated actress, poet, screenwriter, playwright, journalist, and activist Ruby Dee. Born in Cleveland, OH; she was a midewest girl who made power moves in entertainment and the civil rights movement. She has appeared in a multitude plays and films including Spike Lee’s, “Do The Right Thing” where she played opposite her husband actor Ossie Davis and “American Gangster” which she received an Oscar nomination in 2007.

In 1965 Ruby Dee became the first African American actress to appear in major roles at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut. She played Kate in “The Taming of the Shrew” and Cordelia in “King Lear” during the festival.

Ruby Dee pasted away June 11, 2014 at the age of 91. She leaves a body of work that will be praised for years to come. Watch a clip of her as Mother Sister in “Do The Right Thing.”