View Comments “Ruby Dee inspired so many people both on stage and off,” said Broadway League Executive Director Charlotte St. Martin in a statement. “Our thoughts are with her family and she will be deeply missed.” Broadway theaters will dim their lights to pay tribute to stage and screen legend Ruby Dee, who died on June 11 at the age of 91. Marquees will go dark on June 13 at 7:45 PM for one minute. Dee was best known for her portrayal of Ruth Younger in both the original 1959 Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun as well as the subsequent film version. Her notable stage credits include Boesman and Lena, Checkmates, Purlie Victorious, The Smile of the World, A Long Way from Home, Anna Lucasta and South Pacific. She often appeared on stage and screen opposite her late husband Ossie Davis. Her many accolades include a Grammy, Emmy, Academy Award nomination, the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors. She received an Honorary Degree from Princeton University in 2009. Dee was also known as a civil rights activist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum.
Ghana will now play Egypt in the first leg of the final qualifying round to the Brazil 2014 World Cup, on Tuesday, October 15, at the Babayara Stadium in Kumasi.The Ghana Football Association (GFA) had initially fixed Sunday, October 13 for the game but an official statement from the GFA says the decision to change the date “is meant to give Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah more training time with the team before the match in Kumasi”.“It also falls in line with FIFA’s decision of playing the first-leg of the playsoff between 11 and 15 October.“The Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi remains the venue for the match.Kick off will be at 16:00GMT,” a statement said.However, there are speculations that the FA was forced to shift the date because, Sunday October 13 is known by the people of the Ashanti Kingdom as an ‘Akwasidae’ or a day of cleansing.Traditionally, teams that play on such a day do not do well and often lose games. The second leg is planned for between 15 and 19 November of this year.Two-leg ties will be played between both nations with the aggregate winner going to the finals in Brazil next year.