Legend. Trailblazer. Icon. Lena Horne is all of this and so much more. Today she is 91 years young. My earliest memory of Lena Horne is as the luminous Glinda The Good Witch in The Wiz. To me she was the highlight of the movie! A couple of years back, I saw a clip of a big party that MGM had for all the stars in the 40's. There in the middle of all those sea of white stars sat Lena sitting elegantly and beautiful. I wondered how she really felt. Miss Lena had to endure racism in many forms. Her scenes in most of her movies for MGM were cut out when shipped down South so as not to offend the white audiences. Her most famous movies at MGM as ,one of the few Black performers under contract, are Stormy Weather and Cabin in The Sky. Being a talented and beautiful actress and singer in the 40's could only get her so far. Despite that, Lena Horne went on to flourish in television and theater; also as a recording artist. She is an Grammy and Tony award winner.
Lena Horne, the actress, the singer, the activist is a woman to be respected and remembered. As an African American Actress, I am grateful for her commitment to always show us in a positive and wonderful light. I feel as the first true Black Movie Star, she paved the way for generations of actress to come. Here is Lena Horne signing her signature song: Stormy Weather
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