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PEAK BLACKNESS: I find, in being black, a thing of beauty: a joy; a strength; a secret cup of gladness. - Ossie The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within - strength, courage, dignity. - Ruby Black love, people. Now and forever more.

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R.I.P. RUBY DEE We lost a phenomenal actress, civil rights activist, and entertainer last night. She was 91 years old. Now, she can be reunited with her husband, Ossie Davis, who also left us too soon in Job well done!

The top and bottom Ebony trim pieces are in place and just need to be sanded flush on the parquetry box, then I'll be adding a little more gold mother of pearl around the top perimeter. The Ebony will be a little bit smaller once I've cleaned it up which I think will be a good look, it won't be quite so strong of a contrast when it's smaller. Clearly I decided to use hinges on this box. I think there will also be a couple interior trays of some kind.