Ossie Davis/Ruby Dee Documentary Needs Funding

by Stacia L. Brown

Muta’Ali Muhammad, grandson of Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, is developing a documentary film based on their lives, their art, their activism, and their love for each other. Since this legendary couple is held in such great esteem in the black community, a film like this, produced by their grandson, would be an amazing treasure for us all.

The project, titled Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee, is in need of funding, and Muhammad has launched a Kickstarter page to raise the $50,000 necessary to complete the project. The video trailer accompanying the page is pretty amazing. Any contribution made to help this film reach fruition would be a sound investment. At the time of this writing, there were only 22 backers and $1,573 raised. Muhammad has just 38 remaining days to reach his goal. Visit the Kickstarter page to help.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    Lawwwd hammercy their grandson is hella foiiine, I’d support him on that precept alone! Whattttttttt!

  • OSHH

    Dope project! I really enjoyed the Marley doc as well.

  • Dalili

    How wonderful! Such a fantastic ode to one of the greatest examples of how to love & live gracefully!

  • http:www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    Oh how wonderful. I love these two.

    Fun fact: Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee stepped up to help Betty Shabaz after Malcolm X was assassinated. They helped with money and IIRC nannies and babysitting.

    Their grandson isn’t playing with that name. He wants you to know he’s a Muslim.

  • http:www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    *looks at comments starting to post*

    You know what????

    *shakes head*

    I’m not even going to today.

    The moderation gods have blessed me.

    *leaves bowl of fruit by giant server*

  • RenJennM

    Wow, he is a nice-looking man! *ahem* Anyway… I look up to Ossie and Ruby Dee and their marriage. They were/are strong, beautiful Black people and a great part of our entertainment history.

    I personally would love to see the documentary come to fruition. I really wish I could help monetarily, but I’m kind of struggling to keep my OWN bills paid these days! Maybe when I get my check, I’ll send in $20-$30. It’s chump change, but it’s better than nothing.

  • http:www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    Maybe when I get my check, I’ll send in $20-$30. It’s chump change, but it’s better than nothing.

    If every reader of this site gave a dollar, he would have 50k. Don’t sweet not being able to give a huge amount. Like you said, something is better than nothing.

  • http://Lifesessentialsdocs.com Sonya Denyse

    Whatever you send will make a difference. If all of Ossie and Ruby’s fans contributed $1.00 we could make the film and share it nationally and internationally. You support is appreciated!!

  • anon

    i hate how this question is going to come off but there isnt a round about or rosy way to ask. so i just have to say it…. after all these years Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis’ estate doesnt havent 50000 to help him out?? now i understand if he just wants to do it on his own…completely understandable but if not then… im just curious

  • overseas_honeybee

    Love them. I’ll support.

  • Nicole

    I was just thinking the same thing…

  • mikey kun

    I so want to support

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