Although this was on the news a few days ago, something told me to post it just for ‘them’. This post is about how a woman, in sprite of the hardships and suffering she endured; she never gave up her dreams. As you read this post, think about the dreams that you want to make. It’s never too late to make a dream happen. When you are gone from this world, the dream dies forever. Lena Horne was a lovely lady. Although I never got a chance to meet her, she will live on forever in her music and in her spirit.
The world has just lost a wonderful lady.
And there is a new star in the sky.
Lena Horne died Sunday in her home in Manhattan. She was 92 years young.
She was a revolutionary in the Black movement and the feminist movement.
( Horne once told a news reporter that she never intended to be a revolutionary at all. She just wanted to be in the movies and sing.)
At just 26 her dad placed his bets with all of his winnings from ‘illigeal’ gambling, and flew his ‘starry’ eyed starlet on a trip to Hollywood, California.
Horne was faced with the two dragon-gate keepers of sexism and racism on the streets of Hollywood. The dragon gatekeepers tried everything to snuff out the dreams of the ‘female-negro’ newcomer.
Unlike some ‘starry’ eyed starlets that would throw in their stars and dreams over the Hollywood sign(in most some cases, themselves); young Lena had her dad’s strong-will and detonation and slayed the two dream-stealing dragons of sexism and racism. As a result, Horne not only made a way for herself, but for other women of many walks of life.
Cicely Tyson and Hallie Berry are just a few of hundreds of women who have Lena Horne to thank.
It was on that day that a young classmate had a mother who was a fan of western movies. It was an ‘American’ movie my classmate’s mother saw and decided to name her daughter in honor of the woman whose voice has giving her family ‘hope’ to this day.
The mother of the daughter/classmate: Lena. Lena’s family came from Vietnam to escape from the collapse of their country. It was the movie and songs of Lena Horne that gave my friends family hope and light in a cold and strange new land. To this day, my classmate and her family love music and movies. Lena is now an aunt to a young boy. In fact, it was a song that prevented her older sister not to have an abortion.
It just comes to show, the power of music always has an effect on the people who listen to its spirit.
Thanks to Ms. Horne, all females all over have a heroine to look up to.
As a brand new star in the sky that will never fade.
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