Here’s to Lena Horne…
The first musical I’d ever seen was 1978’s The Wiz…I fell in love with theater at that moment and I know it was in part to Lena Horne’s gorgeous portrayal of “The Good Witch of the South”. My parents have always called me their princess and when I saw Lena on screen she looked just like the princess I’d always wanted to be.
Later on, I discovered my insatiable love for Jazz…I found my way through all the greats until I settled on Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane and…Lena Horne as my all time favorites. Not a day goes by when she doesn’t come on at least once in my “Coffehouse” playlist.
So here’s to a woman…an African-American woman who was beautiful and immensly talented. She made strides in music and film and became another eternal symbol of poise and beauty for African-American women (hopefully all women) everywhere. You will be missed Ms. Horne.