>I know I haven’t lived up to my promise of posting, but I just haven’t had the energy to do so lately. I had to pay my respects to the alpha mother of Black film, Lena Horne. I used this pic cause she looks almost exactly like my grandmother here–something I didn’t notice until googling her picture. She looks so naturally beautiful, inside and out.
While I don’t speak much on early Black cinema such as “Cabin In The Sky”, etc. (though I really should), I have talked about Lena a few times. Like how sexy she was in that Gap commercial in 1997, though she was like 80, and wishing that if I’m blessed to live that long to be even half that sexy. I hope I am even half that sexy now!
Also, I talked about a biopic (which was supposedly confirmed by Oprah), that was to start filming in ’08 with Alicia Keys playing Horne. Thank the most high that travesty didn’t happen; sassy Lena was absolutely no joke, and didn’t suffer fools easily, and to me, Keys would just not be the one for the job. But like I said back then–at least it wasn’t Halle Berry.
I’m gonna sum up this tribute to “The Horne”, as Fred G. Sanford of the respected Sanford And Son put it, by putting up the post from “D-Listed“
If you witnessed a tiny crystal bubble floating through Manhattan last night, it was Lena Horne gliding off to the Emerald City in the sky. Lena passed away on Sunday at the age of 92. Lena’s rep wouldn’t give anymore details.
Lena kicked down racial barriers when she became one of the first black performs to sing with an all-white orchestra in the 1940s. She was also the first black actress to land a long-term contract at a major movie studio. Lena starred in Panama Hattie, Stormy Weather, Cabin in the Sky and of course as Glenda the Good Witch in The Wiz. In the early 1960s, Lena became a prominent civil rights activist. If you haven’t yet, you should read her obit at The New York Times.
Lena’s Gap commercial:
And cause I’m a lover of Lena and Flip (TV Land, please bring back the Flip Wilson Show again!) here is another of her; singing a Kris Kristofferson song of all things: