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Celebrated actress Ruby Dee dead at 91

Celebrated actress Ruby Dee dead at 91

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., June 12 (UPI) --Screen legend and activist Ruby Dee died Wednesday at age 91.
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Morgan Freeman to present Rita Moreno with career SAG Award

Morgan Freeman to present Rita Moreno with career SAG Award

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Morgan Freeman is to present the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award to Rita Moreno at Saturday's SAG Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

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Ribodeau announces retirement as president of Howard University

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Howard University President Sidney Ribodeau has announced his retirement, months after signing a contract extension at the school in Washington.

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Smokey, Denzel set for Apollo honors

Smokey, Denzel set for Apollo honors

HARLEM, N.Y., May 12 (UPI) -- Singer Smokey Robinson and actor Denzel Washington are to be honored at the Apollo Theater's fourth annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Harlem, N.Y.

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Today is Sunday, Dec. 18, the 352nd day of 2005 with 13 to go.
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Bruce S. Gordon named to head NAACP

WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People board of directors in Washington selected Verizon executive Bruce S. Gordon as president.

Black leaders discuss state of their union

LITHONIA, Ga., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Talk-show host Tavis Smiley and black leaders discussed the "State of the Black Union" talked about at an all-day forum near Atlanta.

Spike Lee lightens up for 'Miracle's Boys'

NEW YORK, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- New York auteur Spike Lee says he signed on to direct the first and last segments of the six-part mini-series "Miracle's Boys" for cable TV's "The N" network because he wanted to be able to show something he made to his kids, 8-year-old Jackson and 11-yea
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Ossie Davis remembered in New York City

NEW YORK, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Actor, writer and activist Ossie Davis was eulogized by Harry Belafonte at an ecumenical service Saturday in New York City.
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Activist, actor, director Ossie Davis was found dead in his hotel room in Miami on 2/4/05 at the age of 87. The noted actor was working on a film called "Retirement" Davis gained fame with his play "Purlie Victorious" and his direction of the film "Cotton Comes to Harlem"and as a cast regular on the tv series "Evening Shades" (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)
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Ossie Davis (December 18, 1917 – February 4, 2005) was an African-American film actor, director, poet, playwright, writer, and social activist.

Davis was born Raiford Chatman Davis in Cogdell, Clinch County, Georgia, a son of Kince Charles Davis, a railway construction engineer, and his wife Laura Cooper. The name Ossie came from a county clerk who misheard his mother's pronunciation of his initials "R.C." when he was born. Following the wishes of his parents, he attended Howard University but dropped out in 1939 to fulfill his acting career in New York; he later attended Columbia University School of General Studies. His acting career, which spanned seven decades, began in 1939 with the Rose McClendon Players in Harlem. He made his film debut in 1950 in the Sidney Poitier film No Way Out. He voiced Anansi the spider on the PBS children's television series Sesame Street in its animation segments.

Davis experienced many of the same struggles that most African American actors of his generation underwent; he wanted to act but he did not want to play stereotypical subservient roles, such as a butler, that was the standard for black actors of his generation. Instead, he tried to follow the example of Sidney Poitier and play more distinguished characters. When he found it necessary to play a Pullman porter or a butler, he tried to inject the role with a certain degree of dignity.

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