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Remembering Lena Horne

I knew that Lena was a legendary beauty and a ground breaking performer. I also knew something of her civil rights work but, in looking up information for this post, I learned there’s a lot more I want to know! I never knew she was black listed in the 1950’s for her activism and for her friendship with Paul Robeson. There are lots of great videos of course, but I thought we’d stick with a classic. It’s not the greatest musical ever made but it is still one of my all time favorites. Here she is singing the title song from 1943’s “Stormy Weather.”

I haven’t got much to add down here today. That “Stormy Weather” clip is not the first Lena Horne performance I ever saw, but it is the one that made her my hero. Thank you for your example Ms Horne. Rest In Peace.


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