Ruby Dee, Actress & Civil Rights Activist, Dies At 91

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  • Ruby Dee, an actress in the 1961 film “A Raisin In The Sun” and a prominent civil rights activist, died yesterday at age 91. She was a friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, and she appeared at the famous March On Washington in 1963.   She appeared in two of Spike Lee’s earliest films, “Do The Right Thing” and “Jungle Fever,” and was the first Black woman to star in major roles in a prestigious Shakespeare festival. Dee, was married to the actor Ossie Davis and together they received a joint National Medal of Arts from President Clinton. [New York TimesColorLines]
  • Louisiana’s governor has signed a restrictive abortion bill into law which requires that doctors have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of their clinic. It also mandates a 24-hour waiting period for abortions. [RH Reality Check]
  • Brandeis University in Massachusetts punished a student who committed sexual assault with a “warning” and required “sensitivity training.” [Huffington Post]
  • A union for the largely-female hospitality industry in New York City changed their contract so that employees will earn $1 more each year for the next 10 years. [Gothamist]
  • Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson will teach at Harvard University beginning in the fall. [MSNBC]
  • Here’s “Orange Is The New Black” actress Diane Guerrero, who plays Martiza, talking about roles for Latinas. [ColorLines]
  • The Library Of Congress tries to explain why so many poets laureate are old, white and male. [Think Progress]

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