Back In The Day Beauty: Lena Horne
She graced stages and movie screens as one of the most talented performers of her time. She transcended race, carried the burden of her beauty in an all-white Hollywood and stood for reformation when ears were closed and eyes were blind.
Ms. Horne was a class act. A dancer, performer and civil rights activist, she was always glam and stylish. She kept her head held high even when she became black listed for her friendship with change makers like W.E.B. Dubois and Paul Robeson. Ms. Horne invented exactly what a lady is: Sexy, talented, poised and unapologetically revolutionary.
She turned the image of Black women in film around by changing the roles from mammys and maids to roles of dignity, respect and beauty. She made the world take a second look at black beauty and we honor her legacy.
Love and Beauty,