30 June, 1917 to 9 May, 2010
"It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it."
Growing up I was very aware of Lena Horne. My father always thought she was one of the most beautiful women in the world, and my mother loved her sass.
I knew her mainly as a singer, having never seen one of her movies. She crept up on shows I watched (The Oscars, The Cosby Show, The Tony's and re runs of The Muppet Show and Sesame Street) and I remember always knowing exactly who she was.
It was only in later years, when I began to seek out her music and research her career, that I realised that this stunning woman had such a struggle within the Hollywood system. It is a sad and all to familiar story for many non white actors.
However as a child, when ever she graced the screen, I thought her the biggest and brightest star in the world.
Sometimes that is really what matters. A star that can shine on their own.
"You have to be taught to be second class; you're not born that way."