ossie and ruby

December 18, 2015

Today In History

‘Ossie Davis was born in Cogdell, GA, on this date December 18, 1917. The highly successful actor, author, producer, and director both wrote and starred in the Broadway hit Purlie Victorious. Davis has numerous roles on television and in film to his credit.’

(photo: Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis)

- CARTER Magazine


Gil Scott-Heron TV Performance (Rare) on “Ossie and Ruby” (Pt.1)

Part 1 in a 3-part video ([Part 2] [Part 3]), which showcases Gil Scot-Heron’s appearance on Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee’s TV Show (“Ossie and Ruby”), which ran from 1980 thru 1981 in New York


Gil Scott-Heron on Ossie Davis’s and Ruby Dee’s TV Show, “Ossie and Ruby”. Part 1 of a 3-part video… 

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fuc11vTL14c
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxN9xcrZAS8


What does it look like to be on the set of a Spike Lee film? That’s what you can find out in the photos of his brother, David Lee, who’s been capturing moments from the making of the 2015 Honorary Oscar recipient’s features through still unit work beginning with Spike’s first feature, She’s Gotta Have It (1986), and up through 2012’s Red Hook Summer.

David Lee has been the still unit photographer for many of the key American films and television series of the modern era, including King of the Hill (1993), Far from Heaven (2002), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), American Gangster (2007), and the first season of HBO’s The Wire (2002). Work from David Lee’s fine art portfolio has been shown at the Museum of the City of New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and Boston’s Photography Resource Center. David was also included in “Songs of My People,” a group show of works from 100 African American photographers that has traveled internationally.  In 2014, the Academy celebrated Lee’s work on his brother’s films in an exhibition titled “WAKE UP! An Exhibition of Still Unit Photography by David Lee.”

Directed by their grandson Muta'Ali Muhammad, and titled “Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee,” the “documentary style film about Love, art and activism” tells the life and love story of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, for the first time, incorporating candid and revealing conversations and much more.

Premieres on Centric on January 17, 2016 @ 3:30PM. Available on DVD February 1, 2016


Celebrate Black History Month!
Public Figure Profiles:Ruby Ann Wallace & (Ossie) Raiford Chatman Davis <3
Ruby: October 27, 1922 – June 11, 2014
Ossie: December 18, 1917 – February 4, 2005

Keeping Valentine’s Day in mind, today we celebrate a power couple. Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis were married for 57 years, until Davis’s death. They wrote a joint biography in 1998 after their 50th anniversary.

Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis were activists and successful actors. The two met in 1946 when the worked together on the Robert Ardrey play, “Jeb”. They married in 1948 and had three children. They appeared for the first time together on the big screen in the 1950 film, “No Way Out.”It was Davis’s first film role, and Dee’s 5th.
They appeared together in more movies including, Roots:The Next Generation, and Spike Lee’s, Do the Right Thing. Ossie Davis on his own is perhaps best known for roles in films such as, Dr. Doolittle and Grumpy Old Men. Ruby Dee is perhaps best known for her roles in films like, Raisin In the Sun(In which she played Ruth Younger, a role she also played on stage) and American Gangster. They both have done their fair share of voice work and tv shows. Combined this dynamic duo has more than 200 acting credits under their belts.
They have also been very involved in activism and civil rights. They assisted in organizing the 1963 march on Washington and marched alongside Dr. King. They have given their voices, talents, and support to several causes and remain an inspiration on several levels. Their activism, talents, and longstanding love are all something to admire.