VIPs Honor Ossie Davis at Final Service

An overflow crowd representing Hollywood and Harlem and points in between paid final respects to actor and activist Ossie Davis on Saturday in a three-hour-plus service that featured musical accompaniment by Wynton Marsalis.

Davis’s wife of 56 years, actress Ruby Dee, sat in the front row of Manhattan’s Riverside Church, near where her husband’s coffin stood covered in flowers, reports the Associated Press. Mourners included former president Bill Clinton, Spike Lee, Cornel West, Rachel Robinson and outgoing NAACP president Kweisi Mfume.

Angelina's Environmental Work Threatened

THREATENED: Angelina Jolie’s work to protect an area of Cambodian land is reportedly being threatened by an influx of settlers. The land, located in northwest Cambodia, is forestland that a conservation group funded by the actress hopes to protect, and once belonged to the Khmer Rogue regime, which ruled the country in the 1970s. Jolie has donated $1.5 million to the conservation efforts, but some 1,000 people have recently settled in the area, cutting down the forest to grow crops.

Actor-Activist Ossie Davis Dead at 87

Ossie Davis, the actor, playwright, director, social activist and husband of frequent acting partner Ruby Dee, was found dead Friday in his hotel room in Miami where he was making a film, a representative from Davis’s office tells the Associated Press. He was 87.

Davis is perhaps best known to young audiences for his work in the Spike Lee films: School Daze, Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever. He also recreated the eulogy he delivered at the 1965 funeral of Malcolm X for Lee’s 1992 film biography of the slain leader.