National Women’s History Month- MARCH!

Almost a lifelong New Yorker, Ruby Dee was born Ruby Ann Wallace on October 27, 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio. Her family soon moved to New York, and Dee was raised during the golden age of Harlem. After high school, she attended New York’s Hunter College, graduating in 1945. Expressive and literate, Dee was drawn to the theatre while still a college student. Dee acted in small Shakespearian productions and landed a role in the play, South Pacific in 1943. She also began to study with the American Negro Theatre, where she would meet her future husband, Ossie Davis. They would fall in love during a cross-country tour of Anna Lucasta.

Ruby Dee’s career as an actress has been nothing short of phenomenal. A petite, intelligent actress of nuance and sensitivity, she was talented enough and lucky enough to garner some of the best roles for black women in the 1950s and 1960s. On stage, she was the first black woman to play lead roles at the American Shakespeare Festival, and won an Obie Award for her portrayal of “Lena” in Athol Fugard’s Boseman and Lena; a Drama Desk Award for her role in Alice Childress’ Wedding Band and an Ace Award for her performance in Eugene O’Neil’s Long Days Journey Into Night.

Dee has appeared in over fifty films. In 1950, she played Jackie Robinson‘s wife in The Jackie Robinson Story and forty years later, she played his mother in the television production, The Court Martial of Jackie Robinson. Her film credits include: A Raisin In The Sun (1961), Uptight (1968), Buck And The Preacher (1972), Roots (1978), Do The Right Thing (1989) and The Delany Sisters: The First Hundred Years (1999). Dee won an Emmy Award for her performance in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production, Decoration Day. Throughout her film and television career, Dee has been selective and has brought that selectivity and dignity to every role she plays. She is particularly proud of her one-woman show, Zora Is My Name, about pioneering novelist, folklorist, anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston.

Dee and her husband are authors, storytellers and recording artists as well as actors. Her published works include the humorous, My One Good Nerve and various recordings for young people. In 1998, Dee and Davis co-wrote the autobiographical book, With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together, in which they take turns telling their stories as actors, activists, a married couple and as parents.

Dee’s life has not all been acting, however. She is a survivor of breast cancer for more than thirty years, and has long been active in a variety of movements. She, along with Davis, traveled to Lagos, Nigeria, as goodwill ambassadors, and eulogized Malcolm X in 1965 and later his widow, Betty Shabazz in 1997.

Jointly presented with The Academy of Television Arts and Science’s Silver Circle Award in 1994, Dee and Davis officially became “national treasures” when they received the National Medal of Arts in 1995. In 2000, they were presented the Screen Actors Guild’s Life Achievement Award. They are inductees in the Theater Hall of Fame as well as the NAACP Hall of Fame. In 2008, Dee was awarded the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film, American Gangster. She also received an Academy Award nomination for this role.

Dee was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 7, 2001.Ruby Dee

Rapper Lil WAYNE robbed

Lil Wayne’s fans may have more crazy in them than Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, and Lady Gaga’s fans combined…they commit felonies trying to meet him! Reportedly, 20-year-old Marcus Negrete was on the Glendora, CA set of the hip-hop superstar’s latest video last Friday when he allegedly stole a laptop, Louis Vuitton purse, wallet, and a pair of NBA All-Star tickets. It turns out the laptop was outfitted with a GPS sensor, so it didn’t take long for cops to find it and Negrete. When cops caught up with him, and although none of the items belonged to Weezy, Negrete blamed his thievery on his wanting to meet the “A Milli” rapper.

New Marijuana Law signed!

A new law makes possessing up to an ounce of marijuana in California no more serious than getting a speeding ticket — a development both sides battling over a marijuana legalization ballot measure hope to exploit with the vote just a month away.

The law signed late Thursday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reduces possession of an ounce or less of pot from a misdemeanor to an infraction with a maximum punishment of a $100 fine.

What do you think?

EDDIE LONG , HOW COULD YOU?

Mr. Eddie Long how could you? You’ve put yourself in the position that other young men would admire and respect.

I’ve heard one of the accusers Jamal Parris. I understand we all are imperfect and make mistakes. But why right NOW? At a time when young men need that role model in their lives. Because so many fathers are leaving the house, to be headed by the mother.WHY? WHY???

Why not  confess your sins and repent? Be the better man. Be the man we will then forgive. Also, most importantly; Jehovah God will forgive you.

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I Love My Pet King snake

King Snake with his lunch

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It’s funny how much I like animals. Even my pet King snake Shakespeare. I rescused him from the hungry eyes of a falcon in the summer of 2007. I think it was in July.

Some of my friends think that I am crazy for having a big King snake, but what is the difference between pets, such as a snake and a cat or dog?

I feed Shakespeare once a week. Just like people may go to McDonalds , Burger King or White Castle for food; I go to Pet Mart, or the Friendly Pet store for his meal of live mice. So it’s the same thing. The mice cost $2.90 USD each, the price of a Big Mac.

Shakespeare protects me from other poisonous serpents such as Cobras, Rattle snakes and several others. A dog couldn’t do thast 🙂

Dine with the Fishes at Hilton Maldive’s Underwater restaurant

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What I really should be saying about this, just to tick off fellow Craver Mike Yamamoto, is that I wish this underwater restaurant were off the coast of Antarctica, so that I could go and see some penguins swim by. Alas, I don’t know how well that could be accommodated with all the, you know, heating that’d have to be installed. But I digress. The Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa has recently opened the Ithaa Undersea restaurant, which is indeed underwater. A blogger at Table of Malcontents seemed rather disgusted at the prospect of dining in an establishment where there were fish swimming around everywhere, but personally I think it’d be pretty cool. The cuisine is described as “Maldivian-Western fusion,” which sounds good to me as long as there’s some tasty calamari on the menu.

Puppies and inmates

20090416-tows-puppies-behind-bars-290x218Inmates are in Fishkill Correctional Facility,NY. The dogs sleep with the inmates, in the cell in a crate.

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A program that helps both prison inmates and returning military vets, Puppies Behind Bars is a not for profit organization that trains prison inmates to raise service dogs. One program within the “Puppies Behind Bars” organization is called “DogTags.” Under the DogTags program, inmates train puppies to become service dogs for soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. During their training the puppies live in prison with their incarcerated trainers. As the puppies mature into well-loved, well-behaved dogs, their raisers learn what it means to contribute to society, rather than take from it.

The program currently places a total of 80 dogs in seven prisons in the three states of the New York region at both men’s and women’s prisons. The puppies, all Labs and Goldens, arrive at the prisons at about eight weeks of age and live with the inmates until they are 20 weeks old. They live in crates in the cells and learn 82 commands before they are ready for their next level of training. Since the dogs don’t know the difference between a prisoner and a model citizen, they help the prisoners as well, responding to kindness, firmness, patience, and consistency.


Veteran Sgt. Allen Hill with his service dog Frankie.

Many of the dogs will eventually be given free of charge to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who are themselves confined — to wheelchairs or to navigating life with a missing limb or two. The program is trying to make veterans more aware of the dogs’ availability. In addition to training dogs to help returning veterans, the inmates also work to train drug and bomb sniffing dogs, guide dogs, and other dog helpers.

In addition to the article on Puppies Behind Bars, check out Glenn Close’s interview with military veteran, Sgt. Allen Hill. It’s an awesome story and a great cause!