Stage and Screen Legend Ruby Dee Dies at 91

first_img View Comments Born on October 27, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, Dee was known best for her searing portrayal of Ruth Younger both in the original Broadway production of the groundbreaking play A Raisin in the Sun in 1959 and the subsequent film version in 1961. Her other notable stage credits include the central role in Athol Fugard’s 1970 play Boesman and Lena as well as roles (often opposite her late husband Ossie Davis) on Broadway in Checkmates, Purlie Victorious, The Smile of the World, A Long Way from Home, Anna Lucasta and South Pacific. Though she had a long and illustrious stage and screen career, Dee was also known as a poet, playwright, screenwriter and activist. As a civil rights activist, Dee was a member of the Congress of Racial Equality, the NAACP and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Both she and Davis were friends of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. In 2005, Dee and her late husband were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum. On June 8, Audra McDonald paid tribute to Dee in her Tony Awards acceptance speech by thanking her as one of the courageous women who have helped pave the way for her. Her many accolades include a Grammy (in 2007 for With Ossie And Ruby: In This Life Together), Emmy (in 1991 for Decoration Day), Academy Award nomination (in 2008 for American Gangster), the National Medal of Arts in 1995 (with Davis) and the Kennedy Center Honors (with Davis) in 2004. She received an Honorary Degree from Princeton University in 2009. Dee is survived by three children: Nora, Hasna and Guy, and seven grandchildren. Stage and screen icon and civil rights stalwart, Ruby Dee has died. The actress died of natural causes in her home in New Rochelle, New York on June 11, according to CNN. She was 91.last_img read more

What Was Revealed in the Latest Episode of ‘The Walking Dead’ Could Be a Real Shocker

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Lissa HarrisWARNING: SPOILERS DEAD AHEAD!!!Glenn is alive. This big fat cat was let out of the bag in Sunday night’s episode of The Walking Dead. Glenn’s fate was one of the best cliff hangers this season, but Sunday night’s cliff hanger came in at a close second. Since this big reveal, the virtual world has imploded in an attempt to either laud or vilify Glenn’s escape under a dumpster after he used Nicholas’ body as an edible shield.This was one of the show’s most dramatic moments but not one of its most important.A few weeks ago I argued for the paramountcy of episode 4, “Here’s Not Here,” the relatively slow-paced back-story on how Morgan had acquired his “all life is precious” ideology.The debate between “kill or be killed” and “all life is precious” has been the show’s meat and potatoes all along, so to speak, and as we head toward next week’s mid-season finale, the writers’ are gearing up to serve us the main course.Last Sunday’s episode 7, “Heads Up,” gives us a variety of ways to look at this issue. Here’s how Morgan, Rick, Carol and Michonne discuss Morgan’s decision to let some members of the Wolves gang live after they attacked him. Rick argues with him: “Do you really think you can do that without getting blood on your hands?” Morgan’s painfully honest answer is: “I don’t know.”There is a brief exchange between Sam, the son of Dr. Pete, the killer in the season 5 finale, and Carol, TWD’s resident Grinch whose heart is three sizes too small. Sam asks Carol, “If you kill people, do you turn into one of the monsters?”But Carol misunderstands the questions and answers him the only way she possibly could. “The only thing that keeps you from becoming a monster is killing,” she explains.In another scene, Rick and Tara save bone-head Spencer, who is trying to exit Alexandria via a zip line that eventually, inevitably, snaps. Deanna, former leader of Alexandria, asks Rick why he bothered to save Spencer instead of using him as a decoy to save the others. Rick explains that he saved Spencer because he is her son and he values Deanna’s friendship.“Wrong answer,” Deanna tells him, implying that she thinks Rick saved Spencer because he’s really a good person who values human life.Does this mean that when push comes to shove, Rick subscribes to Morgan’s philosophy that “all life is precious”?I would say that the show’s writers lean toward Morgan’s side of the debate. Each scene described above would suggest it. To me, this is the episode’s big reveal. Oh sure, they have nine more episodes to play with our emotions and keep us flip-flopping on the ideological scale between survival of the fittest and respect for all living things.But we know where our beloved characters are going to land. Even amid the terror and the fear that comes from their dire predicament, their humanity depends upon their ability to show compassion and trust toward their fellow human beings. They are prepared to accept the possibility that their good will may be taken advantage of, rather than allow their connection to each other to be overruled by dread and hatred. As The Walking Dead has shown us since the very first episode, their vulnerability is their greatest asset because it creates inexhaustible courage. And with limitless bravery, our heroes can face any obstacle, even a church tower collapsing on their wall.last_img read more

What Unai Emery told Arsenal’s players before their Europa League win against Rennes

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 15 Mar 2019 2:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link What Unai Emery told Arsenal’s players before their Europa League win against Rennes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Rennes (Getty Images)‘In the domestic league, like here, we have six teams playing to be in the top four.‘Two teams are going out and the Europa League is giving us a big opportunity also to take one way to go to the Champions League.‘And also, it’s one title. I said to the players today, I am excited about this competition. It’s not just because you can get to the Champions League through this competition.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It’s also because it’s one title and I think we can feel the possibility to win one title, doing this way with a difficult moment like today and playing also against big teams.‘But I think we can feel this competition like in the Premier League, to do a good way and create, with our supporters, a big atmosphere and a big feeling together to do this way in the Premier League and also here in the Europa League. Together and stronger.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Unai Emery is keen to finish his first season at Arsenal with a trophy (Getty Images)Unai Emery has revealed he stressed the importance of winning the Europa League to Arsenal’s players before their comeback victory over Rennes on Thursday evening.The Gunners were chasing a 3-1 defeat from the first leg against the French side but ran out 3-0 winners at the Emirates Stadium to book their place in Friday’s quarter-final draw.Arsenal are still in the running to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League, although winning the Europa League would also mean that the club will be in next season’s Champions League.But Emery has revealed that he has told Arsenal’s players that they should be ‘excited’ by the prospect of winning a trophy.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The Champions League is very important but the Europa League grew up a lot and now is giving every team the possibility to play in the Champions League,’ said Emery. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Lukas Podolski calls Ali Karimi best ever Iranian football player

first_imgTehran: Former Bayern Munich and Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has said that Ali Karimi is the best ever football player in Iran’s history, the Tehran Times daily reported on Monday.”My first year at Bayern, it was a pleasure to play with this legend Ali Karimi. He is the best ever from Iran,” said Lukas Podolski, who played for Bayern Munich from 2006 to 2009, reports Xinhua news agency.Karimi joined Bayern Munich in 2005 as a midfielder and scored three goals in 33 matches for the German giants.He became the third Iranian after Ali Daei and Vahid Hashemian to try his luck with Bayern.Karimi is arguably one of Asia’s greatest players, and is often listed as one of the greatest Iranian players of all time. IANSAlso Read: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers put memorabilia from 2016 IPL on auction to raise fundsAlso Watch: SEBA will declare Results of HSLC-High Madrasa within 30 days from repeal of lockdownlast_img read more

Religious body hosts workshop on reduction of mortality rate

first_imgThe Public Health Ministry in collaboration with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) hosted a four-day training session for local doctors, nurses, and midwives in an effort to reduce the mortality rates of mothers while giving birth.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence with trainers at the workshopSome of the topics discussed at the workshop included helping mothers survive bleeding after birth, and pre-eclampsia/eclampsia. Dr Oneka Scott, Maternal and Child Health Officer (acting) from the Ministry of Public Health introduced the training, which marked the fifth time the Church presented mothers and infant life-saving instruction in support of the Public Health Ministry’s Maternal and Child Health Unit Project. The project aims “To ensure that women, children and family members obtain maximum health care that is necessary for their growth and development.”The training was done by a team from Latter-Day Saints (LDS) charities consisting of Dr Lori Lindsay, Obstetrician/Gynaecologist from Alaska; Dr Steve Kammeyer; retired Obstetrician/Gynaecologist from Utah; Adele Kammeyer, retired Labour and Delivery Nurse from Utah; Dr Lloyd Jensen, Professor of Paediatrics, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and the team’s Project Administrator, Chantel Jensen.Dr William Adu-Krow, PAHO/WHO Representative of Guyana; and President Wayne Barrow, Elder’s Quorum President of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, gave brief remarks. Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence also met with the LDS charities officials.last_img read more