Royana Black Hubbell
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ESOPUS-Royana Black Hubbell (1973-2020). Born on March 1, 1973, at St. Francis Hospital, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She lived in Esopus, N.Y. She attended Robert Grave's Elementary School and Coleman High School. She attended and graduated from Yale University in 1994. When Royana was 10 she played Laurie on Broadway in Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs." For over a year and half she went to Los Angeles to play the leading role in "Raising Miranda" on CBS. She did many videos for the "Reading Rainbow." She worked with Paul Sovino in "Almost Partners", "Stood Up", an after school special, The Cosby show, and a Woody Allen movie. She was also a member of AFTRA/SAG and Equity. While she lived in Los Angeles, she had her own Theatre company and directed and performed at the theatre. She was also an administrative assistant at Houlihan Lokey, an investment firm. She was married to John Paul Hubbell for 11 years. She is survived by her husband John Paul Hubbell of Los Angeles, her mother Gloria Black of Florida, and her brother Robert J. Pereira Black of Kingston, N.Y. She passed away of AML (Acute Myeloid Lukemia) on July 14, 2020 in Los Angeles. Royana had an infectious smile and laugh which could light even the the darkest of days. She was a beautiful person inside and out. She was truly an angel on earth. In honor of her memory, the family would like any donations to be sent to the Lukemia Fund in her memory.

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Published in the Daily Freeman from Jul. 23 to Jul. 28, 2020.
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July 31, 2020
Sandi White Eagle
July 28, 2020
To Gloria, Robbie, and JP I am so sad for your loss. Though Royana and I were not close friends in her later years, childhood friends stick with you always. The memories of Roy’s beautiful jewelry and the ceremonial dance costumes were always magnificent to me. I know our group of friends is just heartbroken and remembers piling in the car to see her at the theatre. I was saddened by Roy’s passing as well. Your family was an iconic combination of culture and talent.
Royana was a vibrant light of energy and the essence of her beautiful heritage inspired me to create an American Indian runway collection for my final college fashion show at FIT. I say this to show I am so grateful I knew her and that she changed my life in a positive way I would not be the same without. Many kind thoughts and prayers to you all.
Carrie Bono
July 28, 2020
Over thirty years ago, I worked with Alan Simon of On Location Education, and through that association. I came to serve as Royana's tutor on the set of "Almost Partners", which was the film she made with Paul Sorvino. She was a joy to teach: eager to learn and quick witted. The hours were long for a teenager then (for which Paul Sorvino took the student directors to task about), but she bore up under it like a real trooper, which, of course, she was. Her loss is a great sadness, even to one as far removed from her life as I have been since. However, i must say that whenever the morning sun first shines in my windows, wherever I am, I will be thinking of her sunny disposition.

My deepest condolences to her husband and other family members, and especially to her mother Gloria, who I also got to know. She and Roy were great parents, and it showed always in Royana's politeness and powerful ability to listen. My condolences also to her other friends and family, both in the theater and film world and without.
Steven Herrup
July 28, 2020
ear Gloria and Robert, we are so sorry to hear of Royana’s passing. Memories take us back to times when your family provided entertainment to the Campus School. Also remembering Royana as a lively and talented personality at the Graves School. On rainy days at the Graves School Royana would sing to her classmates at lunch time. She certainly went on to great heights in her career. So sorry for your loss. Wayne and Alice Harris
Wayne and Alice Harris
July 27, 2020
Gloria, So sorry to learn of Royana's passing. She was indeed a bright light. I'm sure you are heartbroken, you will not be forgotten. God Bless.

Joan Maguire
formerly of Main Street, Esopus. July 27, 2020.
July 26, 2020
I would like send my deepest sympathy to her husband and Mrs Black and Robbie. I am totally at a loss for words. I have not seen her since she was a young girl and did not know she was Ill I will keep you all in my heart and prayers
Andrea Aurigemma Whittaker
July 26, 2020
We are deeply saddened to have read about the passing of Royana in the Daily Freeman today. We have known Royana since infancy and have always marveled at her many achievements. Condolences to her family.
Larry & Ruth Hauptman
July 26, 2020
I had the honor of knowing the Black family when I taught Royana gymnastics. I am devastated to hear about her death. She was a lively little girl who lit up a room when she entered it. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this tragic time.
Lisa Hamilton Armstrong
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