Goodnight, Lena

10 May

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:

Full Clip:

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…

Short Clip:

More on Lena’s life, here.


One Response to “Goodnight, Lena”

  1. justdc May 10, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    Thank you for sharing…that cosby clip especially is my favourite episode EVER! 😀

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