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“The original Will and Jada.” Amid the hubbub at Harlem’s Schomburg Center late Wednesday night, during a special event celebrating the 90th birthday of living legend Ruby Dee, a dad explained the honoree in terms his teenage son might understand. His description, of course, hardly scratches the surface. Ask Melvin Van Peebles, Jesse Jackson, Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover or any of the other distinguished celebs milling around and a clearer picture would definitely develop. Through seven decades, the Oscar-nominated actress, activist and (with late husband Ossie Davis) matrimonial icon Ruby Dee mixed African-American love, art and politics into a unique legacy all her own.