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She had joy, she had fun.  She did “Raisin in the Sun.”

Ruby Dee, actress and activist (actravist) died at the spry age of 91.

In 1961, Dee starred in “Raisin in the Son,” a movie where Sidney Poitier is fed raisins by his mother… somehow that speaks to racism.

Dee went on to work with Spike Lee in movies like “Do the Right Thing,” about a poor pizza parlor owner whose shop window is vandalized by neighborhood toughs and “Jungle Fever,” where a perfectly nice white girl is brutally taken advantage of.  Now there are those who say that I missed the point of these movies.  Well, I didn’t!  Sean Hannity told me what they were about and that’s good enough for me!

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Ruby Dee’s serious face.

Dee was well-known civil rights activists. Dee was a member of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the NAACP, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Delta Sigma Theta sorority and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  At one point, she tried to join the KKK, you know, just to fuck with ‘em.

In 1967, she gave birth to her son, Heavy, who went on to have a music career and eventually went into acting.

Her sister, Sandra, died in 2004.

She is survived by Billy Dee Williams.

This hit goes to: Nora the Explorer!  She breaks her tie with Mostly Mike and now had a promising 30 points.  She is only 160 points behind the leader!

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Jami: 190 (Ariel Sharon – 20, Philip Seymour Hoffman – 60, Peaches Geldof – 80, Rubin “The Hurricane” Carter – 30)

Tailgating with Jesus: – 100 (Jerry Coleman – 20, Ralph Kiner – 10, William Clay Ford – 20, Ralph Wilson -10, Jack Ramsay – 20, Don Zimmer – 20)

Starving Writer: – 100 (James Avery – 6’ 5” – 40, L’Wren Scott – 6’4” – 60)

“Imaginary” Steve: 80 (Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci – 10, Cardinal Ricardo Carles Gordo – 20, Emmanuel III Delly – 20, Marco (Polo!) Cé – 20, CArdinal Simon Lourdusamy – 10)

Gianna: 80 (Tom Laughlin – 20, Alicia Rhett – 10, Mae Young – 10, Ruth Robinson Duccini – 10, Pete Seeger – 10, Fred Phelps – 20, Marc Platt – 0)

SPMI: 70 (Peter O’Toole – 20, Joan Fontaine – 10, Sid Caesar – 10, Dave “Sick-motehrfucker” Herman – 30)

Joanne: 70 (Ace Parker – 0, Nelson Mandela – 10,  Ray Price – 20, Maximilian Schell – 20, Connie Marrero – 0, Al Feldstein – 20)

Babysitter: 60 (Mikhail Kalashnikov – 10, Russell Johnson – 20, Mickey Rooney – 10, Ann B. Davis! – 20)

Good to the Last Drop (© Maxwell House): – 60 (Frederick Sanger – 10, Maxine Kumin – 20, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. – 10, Gary Becker – 20)

Team Sushi: – 50 (Bob Hoskins – 30, Maya Angelou – 20)

The Girl on Fire: 50 (Eleanor Parker – 10, Dave Madden – 20, Ralph Waite – 20)

Occupy the Casket: 40 (Ronnie Biggs – 20, Harold Camping – 10, Dick Ayers – 10)

Nora the Explorer: 30 (Jeremiah Denton – 20, Ruby Dee – 10)

Mostly Mike: 20 (Shirley Temple Black – 20)

Carol’s 1%: 20 (Harold Simmons – 20)

Dick in Town: 10 (Hiroo Onoda – 10)

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