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Ruby Dee and the late Ossie Davis tell the story of their lives for the first time in feature documentary form.
Ruby Dee and the late Ossie Davis tell the story of their lives for the first time in feature documentary form.
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    1. Michelle Marcus on June 12, 2014

      My apologies - Ruby.

    2. Michelle Marcus on June 12, 2014

      My deepest condolences to you and your entire family on this terrible loss. Runy was a wonderful, wonderful human being. Let this project stand as a testament to her life and good works.

    3. Moving Images on June 5, 2014

      Hi, so glad you have finished, can't wait to see the film!
      Melissa Young

    4. Martin Kelley on February 17, 2014

      I was just about to ask for an Update myself.

      Thanks for the update Muta'Ali!

      -Martin

    5. Muta'Ali Creator on February 17, 2014

      Hi Michelle,
      Thanks for reaching out and for helping us reach our goal! Sorry about the security issue. I just found out about it also. Nothing was compromised on this end. As to your excitement about the doc, I'll be sending out a comprehensive update shortly. However, I can let you know that we are in the test screening phase of the doc. Meaning, there is a 90 minute cut that everyone is excited about and we are screening for family and close associates of the family prior to stepping into the next phase which is licensing and distribution. So let's say we're very CLOSE and we are geared up to send all pledge items after full completion of doc.

      Also, for additional updates (complimenting the information you get here privately, please feel free to take a look at our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LifesEssentialswithRubyDee

    6. Michelle Marcus on February 16, 2014

      Also realized I haven't received any of the pledged items (but is that because the documentary isn't complete?).

    7. Michelle Marcus on February 16, 2014

      Hi. Last update was June 2013. What's going on now? I've lost track of what's going on here. Haven't been on in a while - had to come on to change my password after everyone was hacked. So, I thought I'd check to see what was going on with the documentary. Can you please give us all an update? Thanks so much!

    8. Muta'Ali Creator on June 24, 2013

      Hello Shean,
      We are excited to be in the final stages of production of the feature length documentary. We would like to be complete with the film in time for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. New updates will be posted soon.

    9. Shean Mohammed
      Superbacker
      on June 23, 2013

      Brother Ali, I just watched Lifetime's movie about Dr. Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King and I saw Mrs. Ruby Dee's contribution to this interesting perspective which gave it so much gravitas that it really uplifts any project she is part of. I am writing to inquire of the status of the documentary this far, as the last update was back in November?

    10. Deirdre Lovell on November 28, 2012

      90 years young. How blessed we are to have our ancestors walking amongst us. Congratulations on your brilliance and valiant efforts in keeping our history ALIVE!

    11. Muta'Ali Creator on June 30, 2012

      We are excited. We believed it could happen and you all made it possible! We are re-making history! And you have made it possible!

    12. Tatiana Bacchus on June 30, 2012

      Congratulations! So glad to know that this project will be funded! Thank you for sharing your family with us!

    13. Tachelle Shamash Wilkes on June 30, 2012

      God is good congratulations -- please keep me posted on completion. i would love to interview you for Femmixx.com

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      Toi B. James on June 29, 2012

      Congrats on reaching (and exceeding) your goal!!!! i'm so excited for you and project!

    15. Michael D Friedman on June 29, 2012

      Congrats Muta! I'm happy to be a little part of your project!

    16. Dewayne Jackson on June 28, 2012

      Congratulations!!!

    17. Jon Garcia on June 28, 2012

      Cheers to you guys! Glad to see you went above and beyond your goal. Looking forward to seeing it completed!

    18. Muta'Ali Creator on June 27, 2012

      Thank you Lisa!

    19. Lisa Jackson on June 27, 2012

      Congrats on reaching your goal with a few days to go...Lisa Jackson

    20. Muta'Ali Creator on June 26, 2012

      We made it together. Thank you all so much!

    21. meredith danielle on June 26, 2012

      yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hallelujah!!!!! and with THREE DAYS LEFT!!!!!! you betta work!!!!!!!!!!

    22. Roberta Meek on June 26, 2012

      You MADE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!

    23. meredith danielle on June 25, 2012

      almost there!!!!!!! gooooooooooooooooo!!!!!! i'm SO EXCITED!

    24. Muta'Ali Creator on June 15, 2012

      Go Meredith! Go Roberta! We are #makinghistory!

    25. Muta'Ali Creator on June 15, 2012

      Go Meredith! Go Roberta! We are #makinghistory!

    26. meredith danielle on June 14, 2012

      just got my mom on board!!!!! she LOOOOOOOOOOVES your grandparents. it's ON now!!! lolol go team!

    27. Muta'Ali Creator on June 14, 2012

      You all are wonderful. In case you missed it, we were in Essence yesterday. check out the link.

      http://www.essence.com/2012/06/13/exclusive-ruby-dee-shares-thoughts-on-marriage-and-loving-ossie-davis-plus-photos/

    28. meredith danielle on June 14, 2012

      yes!!! it has mos def picked up speed!! this is WONDERFUL!! the universe has A PLAN, and we are the facilitators...let's go!!!!!! going to RE-POST and email everyone i know!!!! (and even a few i may not quite recall lol)

      it IS HAPPENING!!!

    29. Roberta Meek on June 14, 2012

      Looks like things are picking up steam with 15 days to go. I just upped my own contribution and will be sharing again on my FB and Twitter pages. This project HAS to happen!

    30. Muta'Ali Creator on June 7, 2012

      Thank you Deirdre!

    31. Deirdre Lovell on June 7, 2012

      Godspeed! Your grandparents are the grandparents of all African Americans of our generation. We love them eternally.