West London singer-songwriter ALA.NI creates provocative songs with a retro, jazzy flavor reminiscent of Lena Horne. She recently completed the season cycle with her Summer, Spring, Autumn, and Winter and the songs range in mood and aesthetic from the dead, somber cold of winter to the bouncy ebullience of summer. On her upcoming album, You […]
When Lena Horne performed at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh in 1944, Charles “Teenie” Harris was backstage to take her portrait. Horne, surrounded by bouquets of flowers, appears relaxed, almost as if the photograph were taken inShow More Summary
February 1 marks the first day of Black History Month, when black culture gets a celebratory spotlight for 28 days... unless you’re like me and celebrate black brilliance every day. At the New York Times, a collection of previously unpublished shots of black stars, and their stories, are up for viewing. Read more...
Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and Lena Horne left big, sparkly shoes to fill, but the cast of NBC’s The Wiz did not disappoint Thursday night. It was a show, but it was also a celebration. The songs were fun, moving, and, at times, a combination of both. Twitter was ablaze with... More »
Lena Horne Turns 90 from National Public Radio Site Search Tags: nonagenarian, NPR
“Over the course of her long life, Lena Horne became a star of film, music, television, and stage, as well as a formidable force for civil rights. … Yet there was a brief period in the early 1950s when Horne’s career seemed to be over. … She continued to perform at nightclubs, but nobody in […]
At the height of her career, the beautiful young performer accidentally stumbled into a power struggle between Hollywood communists and McCarthyites.
Although Jeanine Tesori's grandfather was a composer, she didn't realize writing music could be a career for women until she saw Linda Twine conduct "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music" in 1981.
Peggy Lee and Lena Horne lived long enough to star in their own bio-musicals; Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, and Dinah Washington became theatrical subjects only after their deaths. Either way, the resulting shows — some marvelous, some awful — were mostly tarted-up cabaret acts of the then-I-sang-then-I-screwed variety, with an... More »
Actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield pays tribute to the legendary Lena Horne in the short film A Lady Must Live: A Lena Horne Tribute. The film is produced by CodeBlack Films in collaboration with Ebony.com.
1. LENA HORNE DATED ORSON WELLES. You Must Remember This, Episode 33 Host Karina Longworth continues her “Star Wars” series with another story of a celebrity who worked throughout the World War II era: Lena Horne. Through fascinating...Show More Summary
LENA DUNHAM’S CHILDHOOD, EXPLAINED: Book excerpt: Ex-‘SNL’ writer takes aim at proud NYC parents: When the nurses handed me my son, I couldn’t believe how perfect he was. Ben was so robust, nearly 50 inches tall, including horns and tail. Even the doula was impressed. “My God,” she said. “My holy God in heaven.” Alan […]
It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it. ~ Lena Horne Brad’s mom was worried about her son. “He’s a great kid. An honor student who tries hard to do his very best. A parent’s dream, right? But I’m worried about him. He’s overly stressed. And so hard on […]
Today marks the premiere of Amazon's first great show. Transparent stars Jeffrey Tambor as a retired professor transitioning to female. The show's creator, Jill Soloway, spoke with John Horn, host of Southern California Public Radio's new arts and entertainment show, The Frame, about the freedom of Amazon, the influence of... More »
"MY LIFE would be much more interesting to audiences than Lena Horne's!" That's what Peggy Lee said and thought as she prepared to mount the disastrous Broadway musical version of her life, back in 1983. Maybe I once might have thought the two great singers were on par, in terms of personal drama. Show More Summary
Congrats to NBC's Tamron Hall! After filling in now and then, she's officially been hired to co-host the third hour of Today. Hall, who listens to Bun B to get hyped up for work and names Lena Horne as her inspiration, is the first black woman to have one of the anchor seats on the Today show; she will continue to host MSNBC's NewsNation. Show More Summary
James Gavin, the biographer of Chet Baker and Lena Horne, reviewed my new Duke Ellington biography in this coming Sunday's...
“It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.” ~ Lena Horne Think of a painful injury such as a wound — one that’s fresh and open, bleeding. You attempt to secure a bandage and some protection. You move onward. As time goes by, the wound starts to heal, but […]
Vintage Film Poster, The Bronze Venus starring Lena Horne The Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University Bloomington was established in 1981 as a repository of films and related materials by and about African Americans, which has since been updated to include Africa and its Diaspora. Show More Summary
From Lena Horne to Prince Lee, we look at the women who helped make the March on Washington a success. Read full article...