Nat "King" Cole and Ruby Dee relax on the set of "St. Louis Blues" at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood on Oct. 28, 1957.

Nat "King" Cole and Ruby Dee relax on the set of "St. Louis Blues" at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood on Oct. 28, 1957.

W.C. Handy of New York was back on Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn. on May 14, 1936 where his Blues began. The composer of "St. Louis Blues" and "Memphis Blues" visited the bar at "P-Wee's" and the street's Church Park to play with the children.

A Handy look at entertainment districts, otherwheres...

W.C. Handy of New York was back on Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn. on May 14, 1936 where his Blues began. The composer of "St. Louis Blues" and "Memphis Blues" visited the bar at "P-Wee's" and the street's Church Park to play with the children.

Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis on the set of a film

Hair Street Style: Washington Naturals

Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee carries the legacy of Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee forward for the first time in feature documentary form and is told through the eyes of their grandson, Muta'Ali.  Click through to help fund this Kickstarter Campaign.

Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee carries the legacy of Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee forward for the first time in feature documentary form and is told through the eyes of their grandson, Muta'Ali. Click through to help fund this Kickstarter Campaign.

W.C. Handy (1873-1958), composer and musician who penned the Memphis Blues (aka, Boss Crump) and the St. Louis Blues, is the Father of the Blues. Handys Memphis home is a museum on Beale St.

W.C. Handy (1873-1958), composer and musician who penned the Memphis Blues (aka, Boss Crump) and the St. Louis Blues, is the Father of the Blues. Handys Memphis home is a museum on Beale St.

Elegance Personified: Legendary Beauties, Ruby Dee and Josephine Premice at the Cotton Club, circa 1978.

Elegance Personified: Legendary Beauties, Ruby Dee and Josephine Premice at the Cotton Club, circa 1978.

Ruby Dee. She's giving me Debbie Allen in this pic. And, I'm loving her softly curled 'fro, too.

Ruby Dee. She's giving me Debbie Allen in this pic. And, I'm loving her softly curled 'fro, too.

St. Louis Blues (1958) ● OFFICIAL TRAILER ● Nat King Cole stars as the legendary W.C. Handy ●彡

St. Louis Blues (1958) ● OFFICIAL TRAILER ● Nat King Cole stars as the legendary W.C. Handy ●彡

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