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October was proclaimed National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 1985. While the Susan G. Komen Foundation and several other national organizations have impacted our culture, the need remains for even more women to be encouraged to get mammograms on a regular basis, as early detection is the best prevention. The following celebrities have battled breast cancer,…

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The life and legacy of actor, author, and civil rights activist Ruby Dee will be honored with a public memorial celebration on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at The Riverside Church in New York at 11:00 a.m. The service will feature tributes and reflections from family, friends, and colleagues who were influenced by her outstanding life…

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Ruby Dee Davis was much more than just an actress. Of course we can’t overlook her extensive entertainment catalog which consists of over 50 movies, and nearly 100 television and stage productions combined, including A Raisin in the Sun, with Sidney Poitier in 1959, American Gangster in 2007, and most recently Lifetime’s “Betty and Coretta” film in…

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Ruby Dee died today at the age of 91. Along with an outstanding career in theater and movies, Dee, and her late husband, Ossie Davis, were activists in the Civil Rights Movement. In honor of her legacy, we present 10 powerful Ruby Dee quotes that will inspire you. “God, make me so uncomfortable that I…

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Hollywood Royal Couple Share Hard-Won Life’s Lessons on Love, Art and Activism On Sunday, June 22, Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee, a documentary about the beloved artists-activists Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee by their grandson – director Muta’Ali – will have its world premiere at the American Black Film Festival. At Film Life’s 18th Annual American…

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Legendary artist and activist Ruby Dee dies at 91, two weeks after the passing of late poet Maya Angelou. Dubbed the queen of Black Hollywood, the Grammy and Emmy Award-winning actress Ruby Dee and her late husband Ossie Davis were stalwarts in both the civil rights and entertainment community. Later this month at the American…

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Although Black History Month is over, the following actors are absolutely deserving of a little extra credit. Click continue to see some of the most influential black actors who paved the way for contemporary stars. –ruthie hawkins

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The legends of gospel, jazz, Hollywood and classical music were honored at the African American Church Inaugural Ball at the Grand Hyatt during the 57th Inauguration weekend in Washington D.C. TV One “Washington Watch” host Roland Martin and Hollywood heartthrob Morris Chestnut were co-hosting the affair that gave out awards to the likes of unforgettable…

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One thing is for sure: the Delta Sigma Theta sorority is loaded with legends. The black female Greek letter organization has an inordinate amount of game-changing, barrier-breaking women who broke the glass ceiling with the heels of their stilettos. And, as they just got finished celebrating their 100th anniversary in Washington D.C., we at rolling…

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Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the ‘A’ w/Souleo If you were a guest at singer-songwriter Amel Larrieux’s Thanksgiving Day dinner, you’d likely be served a heaping scoop of ice cream — the treat has become the source of inspiration for the songbird’s forthcoming album, Ice Cream Every Day. Larrieux will perform new songs from the album…

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Legendary entertainer Ruby Dee was honored at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York. The ageless and graceful matriarch was surrounded by high-profile celebrities and esteemed community leaders including Angela Bassett, Courtney Vance, Susan L. Taylor, Billye Aaron and many others. The birthday fête provided an opportunity for guests to take part in…

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African American women are more likely to die of breast cancer than women of other races, especially in the first few years after the diagnosis, according to new research. “Black women were almost 50 percent more likely to die compared to white women within the first three years since breast cancer was diagnosed,” says researcher…

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To ensure that Harlem’s arts and cultural legacy continue to thrive requires vision, business acumen and a commitment that remains unwavering in the face of economic, political and social challenges. As the executive director of the Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA), Michael Unthank exemplifies such qualities. HAA is an arts service organization that helps advance the…

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The Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA), an arts service organization, celebrates its 10th anniversary on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Riverside Theatre. The star-studded event will honor legendary artist and activist, Harry Belafonte with HAA’s first Humanitarian Award. Actress and activist, Ruby Dee will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Visual…

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