YouTube - Lena Horne - Stormy Weather (1943) *lena had a lifetime of near-misses, outright discrimination, rudeness as a daily diet, and EVENTUAL - eventual - sweet triumph and recognition. she did not look dark enuf on camera to please studio-execs, so the suits consulted Max-Factor... the makeup wizard agreed to tackle the problem, came back with a dark-makeup newly minted night egyptian... they slathered it all over Ava Gardener, and GAVE * HER the role. :eek6: problem solved... Showboat, and the role *lena had desperately wanted, steamed-off + left her on the shore. luckily, *ava* was a friend of *lena*, and was forgiven; it was not, after all, HER decision. this was before *RONNIE* [prez reagan] lifted the BAN on advertising + selling goods related to kids-TV YouTube - Sesame Street: Lena Horne and Muppets Sing The Alphabet *lena was all too aware of the struggle of black-kids for literacy + schooling. 1981 - YouTube - Lena Horne - Stormy Weather/If You Believe this woman was a voice thru my entire life - i will never forget her class, her incredible delivery, and her gritty stubbornness; she wanted a career, and despite Jim-Crow, entering thru tradesmen-doors, non-stop hurdles... by God, she got one. farewell, lena - and thank heaven for recordings. i miss U already, lady.