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R.I.P. Lena Horne
Lena_HorneMultiple Grammy winner, NAACP Image Award winner, and Kennedy Center Honors recipient Lena Horne passed away May 9 at age 92.

Whenever I think of the great classy jazz vocalists, Ms. Horne comes first to mind. I always found her sultry, sophisticated style particularly engaging. Along with other great vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, Lena Horne forged a path through contemporary music and American culture that will long be remembered, and that we all should be grateful for.


In a time and place where your political views, personal relationships, and the color of your skin could be more influential on your career than your talent and ability, it took a very special person to persevere and overcome such superficial and impertinent details.

Lena Horne overcame racism, a Hollywood blacklisting, and the fallout of an interracial marriage when the Civil Rights movement was still in its infancy to become one of the most revered and influential artists of our time.

Thank you, Lena Horne, for doing what you did, for doing it so well, for ignoring ignorance and bigotry, and for doing it all with style, substance, and class.
 

Daily Wisdom

"Jazz is the big brother of the blues. If a guy's playing blues like we play, he's in high school. When he starts playing jazz it's like going on to college, to a school of higher learning."

- B. B. King


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