At the Emmy Time! No. 1, 1980
Ruby Dee, actress, playwright, and author, was a contributing editor of Freedomways. Ruby Dee and her husband Ossie Davis coauthored their autobiography, With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Togetherand other works.
I took my body to the affair, but my head stayed home. Looking around at the people in the lobby, and later at those sitting nearby, nobody looked as if they really wanted to be there. Maybe, like me, they were hungry, headless and thinking of the feast to follow. Maybe, like me, they were wondering if they looked all right in case the cameras sneaked in. Was the dress all right, nothing falling or slipping or showing or melting or smearing? There was air conditioning; but it couldn't be on too high, I thought, because it might make too much noise and drown out the deathless prose handprinted on huge cue cards just under the center camera. Don't be an ass all your life, Ruby, I told myself. This is HOLLYWOOD. The air conditioning apparatus is probably the latest thing to be thought of. After all, out of Hollywood comes the latest of everything not even remotely envisioned by little ol' Black ladies spawned from the bow-