by April Watts
You have to be taught to be second class; you’re not born that way.
Lena Horne sings Stormy Weather in the 1943 Movie of the same name.
Singer/actress and timeless beauty, Lena Horne, died Sunday night at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She was 92. Horne’s monster talent and stunning looks enabled her to break racial barriers for black entertainers. She was the first African American performer to be signed to a long-term contract with a major Hollywood studio (MGM) and was one of the first to sing with an all white orchestra. As a performer her style, grace and showmanship were unparralleled.
Lena Horne on Rosie O’Donnell telling a beautiful story about herself and Billy Holiday
Lena Horne on the Johnny Carson show discussing the struggles of being black in Hollywood