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    Lena Horne, R.I.P.

    Lena Horne, R.I.P.

    Feelings of “stormy weather” enveloped the nation today as news of Lena Horne’s death surfaced.

    Horne led an inspirational life that was filled with great success and groundbreaking achievements. She was an avid civil rights activist with a career in show business that spanned over 60 years.

    At the ripe age of 16, she started her monumental career that broke racial barriers and challenged pundits to change the way they thought about women of color in entertainment.

    Horne showed insurmountable integrity throughout her life when she was denied supporting roles because of her race, and when she had lost her father, husband and son all within a year.

    Her resume included all-black screen musicals like Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather, and she even graced the silver screen in notable performances such as The Wiz.

    Horne, 92, died Sunday at New York–Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.
    CDInsight.com - News: Singer, Civil Rights Activist Lena Horne Dies at 92

    http://www.nydailynews.com/entertain...e_for_so_.html
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    Re: Lena Horne, R.I.P.

    Sad; she was immensely talented. She could've been a huge Hollywood star, had she been born 50 years later.
    Instead, she was mostly relegated to musicals. When those musicals were turned into films, her role was inevitably filled by a white woman.

    This is the kind of thing that burns me up when people say systematic racism and white privilege are past and everyone needs to just get over it.
    You think Lena didn't feel the effects of it on her deathbed?
    You think her children don't still feel the effects? Their mother was one of the hardest-working women in show business, and arguably the most talented performer of her era. Her son had to be raised by his father so she could put every ounce of strength and energy she had into performing.
    She never even made any money. Not really.
    While far lazier, less beautiful, and less talented stars of her day accrued vast fortunes with which to ensure the prosperity of their families for generations to come. All because of their lily-white skin.

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    Re: Lena Horne, R.I.P.

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    Sad; she was immensely talented. She could've been a huge Hollywood star, had she been born 50 years later.
    Instead, she was mostly relegated to musicals. When those musicals were turned into films, her role was inevitably filled by a white woman.

    This is the kind of thing that burns me up when people say systematic racism and white privilege are past and everyone needs to just get over it.
    You think Lena didn't feel the effects of it on her deathbed?
    You think her children don't still feel the effects? Their mother was one of the hardest-working women in show business, and arguably the most talented performer of her era. Her son had to be raised by his father so she could put every ounce of strength and energy she had into performing.
    She never even made any money. Not really.
    While far lazier, less beautiful, and less talented stars of her day accrued vast fortunes with which to ensure the prosperity of their families for generations to come. All because of their lily-white skin.
    She was a great talent and a wonderful voice. She will be missed

    What you posted is true, but that is what the past gave. Today she would have faired better. I can't change the past. It would be more troublesome if it was wide spread today.
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    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCG3kJtQBKo"]YouTube- Lena Horne - Stormy Weather (1943)[/nomedia]

    Damn but she was gorgeous too.
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    Re: Lena Horne, R.I.P.

    These days, while listening to and watching the attacks of the extreme left and the extreme right against each other, permeating the media, it is good to see a story about a woman who, no doubt, inspired others on both sides of the aisle, and who showed us all, by example, not words, what being "American" is all about.

    Thank you for posting this.
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