For more than a half century, audiences have been mesmerized by the love story between Hollywood legends Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. After a highly successful Kickstarter campaign and the race against time, now, their grandson, Muta’Ali, unearths the foundation of this unbreakable bond in the documentary “Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee,” which premieres on Centric TV Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, at 3 p.m. EST, in honor of Martin Luther King Day.
Pop culture commentator Lisa Durden had an opportunity to watch an advanced screening of “Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee” and it blew me away! The film is stylistically beautiful and packed with exclusive video footage, family photos and memorabilia. In addition, a host of celebrity friends like Angela Bassett, Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, Hill Harper, Samuel Jackson, Spike Lee, S. Epatha Merkerson, Phylicia Rashad, Glynn Turman, Dr. Cornel West, Sonia Sanchez and Malik Yoba, share eyewitness accounts of this American legacy.
To get the backstory, Lisa Durden had the pleasure of sitting down with the director, Muta’Ali; and producer, Jevon “NJ” Frank, for an exclusive interview.