USA : Pioneers…The Seeds of Past Present and Future Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, P. Diddy and Henry T. Sampson


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PhotosindexHenry T. Sampson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Sampson_%28inventor%29, film historian and American inventor who invented the cell phone wrote a book called, Blacks in Black and White: A Source Book on Black Films. Ruby Dee is featured in the heart of his book (pages 208 and 209). The rare book is a true “research-based” case study of black film production and black-casting companies between 1910 and 1950.

Henry T. Sampson, pays great detail to documentation about our Black-Cast Film history and genre which had 163 professional companies that operated and showed their films from city to city in 31 states in 430-theatres over the period and they frequented seating capacities of 26,853. These productions were not supported by instant social media but by communities in solidarity and they were connected with informative film synopses and biographical sketches covered by about 20 nationally recognized black newspapers (forerunners to NNPA.Org and NABJ.Org.)

All of this is to say that Ruby Dee had a complete understanding that African Americans in motion pictures, cinema or film today occupy a very different position — in comparison to [our] artistic past in creating film-productions, diverse story lines and even new stars for the  American entertainment appetite.

imagesWhen today, we remember Ruby Dee, in film alone… in just, American Gangster about Frank Lucas and appearing in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever it is nice — but very limiting. We give great respect to Spike and especially to his teaching book Five for  Five and to solid brother- lead actors’ like Denzel but “respectfully to all…” just imagine for one moment…what could have gone through the mind of an elder like, Ruby Dee who led a rich and accomplished life  watching not the current film industry, but our people in transition in creative industry simply having little understanding and or appreciation of our trade savvy, power, marketing and business past.

Ruby Dee was a very great, humble and noble woman.

10371940_10154220931755537_707725233692599250_nI thank God for knowing her, being published by her in my early teens in her Glowchild children’s poetry anthology.

I was further privileged to know her family and be in her home and company on many occasions. This is one of my favorite photos. I took it in a moment that Ruby and Sonya Sanchez shared a greeting in Harlem when Woodie King Jr. was honoring her husband, the late Ossie Davis at George Faison’s theatre.  I have not mentioned her stage credits or her credits as an author and civil rights activist and humanitarian. Suffice to say all/us/we… have great respect for her service to the nation as a defined-artist and for her compassion and sustained sensitivity with all of the lives that she touched. She need not be missed as much as she needs to be studied.

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Glowchild Book

Poem Dedicated to Ruby Dee:

                           Make A New Day!

By W. Calvin Anderson, M.Ed.

i

am  just

a poet

  a Ruby & Ossie

creation “a glow-child”.

 

I am not a

cosmologist or

anthropologist.

but I gotta

tell the kids

“something” each and every morning.

We/they… often wonder

what

really is?

Is  the world

material

or

idea?

Is it

Spirit

Science

Economy

Rhythm

Balance

Purpose

Art

Breathe

Poetry

Song

or

Dance?

Is it an

Environmental

Ode

To

The

humanities

climaxing with

a 60’s flower

power

or

thrust-fist nationalism

to

answer

to the

dark-side

of

hip-hip

or the end

of Columbus’

enterprise

when the street signs

turn

back into

Arawak

and God

Says it was

All just a fire drill

which by

the

way could

perhaps

change and

end

schooling

for

the planet in

a few hundred

years.

Is it material or idea?

Is

the right perspective concerned with

the blackness

covering the stars…

and the

blue

carrying birds and planes and clouds

or should we just paint and keep the the sun

shining?

Is it all about

money or heart for exchanging with people?

Is it the power or the magnetism

that fuels purpose to keep

God’s balancing Re-creation a-n-d

r e c r e a t i o n  working

like

blood through an ancient body

that

we

don’t

understand?

Or, are

eden still… His malleable

material

or

renewable

idea?

What

is

this 24/7

morning

floor

for?

Make a new day

NO MATTER…

what

you think It

is!    “k”

I love you Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee Letter

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