RIP Ruby Dee – 1922-2014

    Senator Smith said: "We have lost a true stage and screen legend - Ruby Dee. She was a perfect combination of grace and grit and made huge strides in the entertainment industry at a time when African-American women were given little space in movies and on stage. Ruby was one of the greatest thespians of our time and she leaves behind a stellar body of work that will surely serve to inspire future generations."