Documentary We Need: The Life and Love Story of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee

May 23, 2012  |  

Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee are a classic Hollywood couple and their grandson, Muta’Ali Muhammad, wants to bring their story of love and light to life with a feature-length documentary titled, Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee. Muhammad describes his vision as a “documentary style film about love, art and activism [that] tells the story of one of the most enduring couples of our times, Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee. “According to a description on

Ossie & Ruby’s achievements in love (sustained marriage for 57 years), art (pioneers in black theater) and activism (always using their influence to help “the people”) parallel nearly a century of change in America. With this story being told through the lens of their grandson (filmmaker), an innate hunger to learn everything possible about Ossie & Ruby’s lives and apply it to today’s fight to preserve love, art and activism is always present.

Based on candid questions, revealing conversations, and never-before-seen family archival material, Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee shares the wisdom of the ages with this present generation and carries the legacy of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee forward in history for the first time in feature documentary form.

Muhammad is attempting to raise money to create the film which is why he started a petition on Kickstarter. He’s attempting to reach his $50,000 goal in the next 37 days and if it worked for Issa Rae and Awkward Black Girl, we think it can work for him.

Check out a snippet of what the film will show in the clip below and tell us what you think. Will you support this effort?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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  • One Love Lore

    I’m really excited to see this film get made. My husband and I will celebrate 12 years married in August and since our coming together as starving artists in Atlanta have looked up to Ossie and Ruby as a shining example of love, art and activism. We had the good fortune of meeting them while we were dating in 1998 during the promotion of their autobiography. Let’s celebrate this iconic couple.

  • Chacha_carr

    This Is A Need Documentary I Am Looking Forward To Watching It.

  • CA Pullen

    I love that.  This is what I am talking about.  Black Love.  These people stayed married for over 50 years.  I would love to have the opportunity to sit and speak with her about her longivity of her marriage. This is who we need to look at examples of a marriage.  Not that foolishness that is on televison now.  Sadly, you don’t hear now about marriage (especially black and christian marriage) lasting as long.  I am planning to donate.  Please we need to support each other!  Her grandson is a cutie!

    • Guest

      Yes, we NEED all the examples of strong, Black love we can get!  There’s just way too much hostility between Black men and women right now.  What happened to the love?  We need classes, seminars, movies and more to help us get back what is missing.  I would really love to see this. 

  • Jojoaustin2002

    This will be amazing. I hope he’s able to raise the funds! On a side note he’s also a cutie. Lol

    • Mia

       Hopefully he does make his goal , his Grandparents were/are brilliant artist. And YES, there are no bad genes in that family! lol, He is a cutie! lol