The lovely & unforgettable Lena Horne passed last night, 92-years-old, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. I was interested to learn recently that Lena Horne was born to an upper-middle class family in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn (Each side of her family belonged to what W. E. B. Du Bois called “The Talented Tenth“) & that she was blacklisted from working in Hollywood during the “red scare” because of her progressive political beliefs.
My most memorable Lena Horne moment to follow:
I remember this episode of The Cosby Show from when I was young. Clair succeeds at surprising Cliff on his birthday, for the first time, when she arranges for Lena Horne to sing for him. Makes me cry everytime…
More on Lena’s life, here.