Back in September, we reported on an upcoming Ruby Dee documentary called Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee. Directed by Dee’s grandson Muta Ali Muhammad, the film chronicles the life and love story of Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis. Well, a portion of it was shown at a special screening last week at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City. In a star-studded affair hosted by acclaimed actress Angela Bassett, along with Susan L. Taylor, editor-in-chief, emeritus and founder of National Cares Mentoring Movement, the legendary Ruby Dee was honored as she celebrated her 90th birthday. Among the distinguished supporters, special guests and committee members were Andrew Young, Samuel L. Jackson, Latonya Jackson and Courtney Vance.
An esteemed group of community leaders, celebrities and activists were on hand for the 30-minute screening which is the first in a series of Life’s Essentials screenings supported by AARP. The event is made possible through the generous support of Billye and Hank Aaron, AAPR, 1199 SEIU, delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Camille and Bill Cosby and the Carol Sutton Lewis and William M. Lewis, Jr. Charitable Foundation. The full-length release of Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee is scheduled for 2013.
Check out our Photo Gallery to view the photos from the event.