Monday, May 10, 2010

Lena Horne (1917-2010)

Lena Horne, actress and singer, died yesterday, and I'd like to share with all of you a beautiful video of her singing "Stormy Weather" in 1943.

I knew her most as a singer, but she was an important figure in cinema as well, one of few black actresses of her time to make a name for herself. Of course, she never became a huge star, a victim of Hollywood's lack of diversity, but many actors today have her to thank as a role model. Please enjoy listening to her lovely voice today, and try to pay attention to black actors in mainstream Hollywood today - ask yourself how much has changed in the past 70 years.

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