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Ruby Dee & 20 facts

Ruby Dee & 20 facts
Ruby Dee passed away at 91, and she was truly a grand dame. She not only graced the large and small screens but the Broadway stage as well.  She was a petite woman with a larger-than-life persona who possessed thespian skills that were honed to a tee. There will never be another Miss Dee, and thankfully, her immense body of work will live on. Therefore, here are 20 tidbits about the great Miss Dee that you may not know about.
 
1) Ruby Dee’s actual name was Ruby Ann Wallace.  Even though it felt as if Dee was married to the late-brilliant actor Ossie Davis forever, he was actually her second husband. The name “Dee” came from her first husband, blues singer Frankie Dee Brown, whom she married in 1941 and divorced in 1945.
 
2) Dee was born in Cleveland but considered herself a native New Yorker as she was raised in Harlem.  She lived in the Empire State all her life making New Rochelle her home until she quietly passed away from natural causes.

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A plea deal for Snowden? No break for a Black Panther?

A plea deal for Snowden? No break for a Black Panther?
Question: What’s the secret to going on the lam as an anti-government global superstar and getting set up in a nice, cushy exile in a country that’s a rival to your own?
 
Answer: Be a keyboard-tapping, suburban-raised white guy who gives away national secrets and then puts a “patriotic” spin on it. You’ll lock in big-conference speaking stints over an encrypted Skype feed and get a prime-time interview on network news, and the federal government might even consider offering you a sweetheart plea deal while you’re at it.
 
At least that’s what the Washington Post’s intelligence insider, David Ignatius, managed to pry from the intelligence community recently about Edward Snowden, quoting a source saying, “If he came back and told everything he knows, then perhaps some accommodation could be reached.” 

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Health, well-being and good business is a ‘happy’ combination at McD’s

Health, well-being and good business is a ‘happy’ combination at McD’s
Fast-food giant McDonald’s USA is on a mission to help nurture a healthier America, with Dr. Cindy Goody, director of nutrition, carrying a super-sized load of responsibility.
 
Goody and a crew of McDonald’s representatives brought their message to The New Tri-State Defender recently after visiting with 50-plus students ages five to nine at an area Boys and Girls Club. The push there was telling the kids how they could eat from the MyPlate recommended food groups “wherever they are as well as at McDonald’s”
 
They also talked to a similar number of 10- to 14-year-old students. The level of engagement overall was impressive said Goody, weaving in the fact that promoting “movement” is part of McDonald’s education awareness outreach.

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Dr. Angelou’s ‘giving spirit’ felt at memorial service

Dr. Angelou’s ‘giving spirit’ felt at memorial service
(Attorney and former Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey, a civil rights activist, author and actor, attended the memorial services for Dr. Maya Angelou, along with his wife, Adrienne Bailey. This is his special account.)
 
Dr. Maya Angelou was memorialized Saturday (June 7th) at Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University with full recognition of her broad political and literary influence across the globe. A diverse crowd from across the country, and some from abroad, filed in under the banner hanging at the chapel front featuring a picture of Dr. Angelou and the words “A Celebration of Rising Joy.” Inside, abundant long stemmed white lilies flowed from large vases and white roses formed a broad ribbon in front of the podium.

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Fatherhood: Rising to the ultimate challenge

Fatherhood: Rising to the ultimate challenge
 (Every year, fathers – biological and non-biological – are honored for their impact on their families and the community and placed in the Memphis Training Camp for Dads Hall of Fame. Ovr the last few weeks, The New Tri-State Defender has highlighted past award recipients in the series, “Where Are They Now?” The fourth annual event is Saturday (June 14th). This commentary is by keynote speaker Etan Thomas, an NBA veteran and author of “Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge.” 
 
It’s an honor to be a part of the 4th annual Memphis Training Camp for Dads, which Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will host on Saturday (June 14th) beginning at 9 a.m. at The University of Memphis Fogelman Executive Center.
 
Since the release of my book, “Fatherhood Rising To The Ultimate Challenge” and my CD, “Fatherhood Words Of Passion,” I have traveled the country to encourage young people that they can be anything they want to be in life no matter what their circumstances.

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Nonviolent drug offense proposal – how far away is it?

Nonviolent drug offense proposal – how far away is it?
The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday a proposal currently being examined by the U.S. Sentencing Commission that will pave the way for certain individuals who have been charged with nonviolent
drug offenses to be eligible for reduced sentences. 
 
The news is the latest in a series of moves by the Justice Department to adjust the federal guidelines for drug offense sentencing and aims to lessen overlong sentences, prison overcrowding, and an overhaul of mandatory minimum sentencing.
 
Attorney General Eric Holder used Tuesday’s announcement to urge the Sentencing Commission to consider the proposal. The Commission, which sets the guidelines for sentences given to federal criminal defendants, approved a proposal back in April to lower the base offenses connected to amount drugs the defendants were caught with as a result of trafficking charges.

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Female genital mutilation survivor amps up call for an end to cutting in U.S.

Female genital mutilation survivor amps up call for an end to cutting in U.S.
WASHINGTON, DC – Jaha Dukureh, a 24-year-old survivor of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), today will ask the Obama administration to develop a plan to end FGM in the United States.
Dukureh is an advocate for other women who have experienced FGM. She launched a Change.org petition to end the practice and 200,000-plus people have joined.
 
“I’m taking my fight to Washington, DC to call on the Obama Administration to do more to end female genital mutilation in the US – starting by conducting the first FGM prevalence study in this country since the 1990s,” said Dukureh.

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