Happy Black History Month!
I love history, I love music, and I love my fellow black folks 🙂
Every day this month, I’ll be posting black music history fun facts. Today’s feature is the amazing, elegant, and strong, Lena Horne.
- Born June 30th, 1917.
- She was in the Chorus line of the Cotton Club when she was 16.
- Moved to Hollywood and started playing small roles in films, then moved on to bigger roles in 1943 (Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather)
- First African-American signed to a long-term studio contract
- She was one of the first to work on both sides of the “color line”. She sang with both white and black swing and jazz groups.
- She was blacklisted as a Communist because of her participation in the Civil Rights Movement and her friendship with Paul Robeson and W.E.B. DuBois, who were activists.
- Received Honorary Doctorate from Howard University in 1980
- Her career spanned over 70 years
- More of a random fact….she guest starred on The Cosby Show and A Different World back in the 80s and 90s (two of my favorite shows haha)