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Ruby Dee passes

October 27, 1922 — June 11, 2014

Cultural icon and beloved actor Ruby Dee is no longer among us. She was best known for her film portrayal in 1961 of the achingly vulnerable, nonetheless strong-willed Ruth of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun, sharing the screen with Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil and Dianna Sands, a role she’d originated on Broadway two year earlier. From 1946 to 2013, she appeared in upwards of 150 screen and television roles, including star turns in American Gangster with Denzel Washington, Stephen King’s The Stand, Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever with Wesley Snipes, her husband Ossie Davis and Samuel L. Jackson, along with then up-and-coming Halle Berry, Cat People with Nastassja Kinski, The Jackie Robinson Story and The Court Martial of Jackie Robinson. A devoted activist, she combined with her acting career a passion for progress in the fight for civil rights, also appearing on the 1960s drama Police Woman (NBC) as a character clearly based on Angela Davis. During the ‘60s she helped African American actors and directors break into the business by lending her profile to such politically charged projects as Gone Are the Days and The Incident. Continue Reading →

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Why voting matters

MSR asked local and national figures the importance participating in electoral process


By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


November 6 is Election Day in the United States. The MSR has published a series of stories and articles to fully inform you, the reader, on the issues and choices at stake in next week’s general election. This week, the following individuals answer the question: Why does voting this year matter?  












Poet and activist Dr. Maya Angelou: “Don’t go after the election [and] sit around moping and bemoaning your outcast state… Get off the couch and out of the beauty shop and the barber shop and go vote.”













Record executive Amir Windom: “I’m 27 years old, and I think our generation as a whole have not been as interested in understanding what people went through to get us the right to vote. Even if you don’t care, you should exercise your right.”


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