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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I'm Back

OK, after a number of months of taking a break from daily blogging, I'm ready to come back. This time, my blog will be more focused on my opinions regarding political, social and economic issues of the day, with more of my opinion, and less links to other opinions. Lot's have happened in the past 6 months. I have a lot to say, so hold on...

My opinions are in no way to be considered the opinions of my employers, contractors or others who pay me a wage. They are my own political opinions. OK, now that I got that out of the way... Don't forget to join me on my highly popular, progressive and controversial, political slugfest show on BlogTalkRadio, "if you can handle the truth."

Monday, May 10, 2010

RIP Lena Horne

Lena Horne, who was the first black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio and who went on to achieve international fame as a singer, died on Sunday night at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York. She was 92 and lived in Manhattan.

Her death was announced by her son-in-law, Kevin Buckley.

Ms. Horne might have become a major movie star, but she was born 50 years too early, and languished at MGM in the 1940s because of the color of her skin, although she was so light-skinned that, when she was a child, other black children had taunted her, accusing her of having a “white daddy.”

Ms. Horne was stuffed into one “all-star” musical after another — “Thousands Cheer” (1943), “Broadway Rhythm” (1944), “Two Girls and a Sailor” (1944), “Ziegfeld Follies” (1946), “Words and Music” (1948) — to sing a song or two that could easily be snipped from the movie when it played in the South, where the idea of an African-American performer in anything but a subservient role in a movie with an otherwise all-white cast was unthinkable.  Read more at the Boston Hearld and NY Times, HERE

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