When I think of Lena Horne I can't help but think of the the racism that she encountered being an African American performer in the first half of the 20th century. What she endured, I can only imagine. Somehow she even found the nerve to refuse to be cast in stereotypical acting roles such as maids. She was a pioneer.
But when I think of Lena Horne I also think of her in the second half of the last century. I think of the guest spots she did on the shows of my childhood; Sanford and Son, The Cosby Show and Sesame Street are the ones that spring to mind. Fred Sanford and Heathcliff Huxtable both loved Lena!
I found this video of her on Sesame Street today, and had to share it. It's thought provoking version of It's Not Easy Being Green with Kermit:
She had such grace, strength and sophistication. Check out this video: could she sell a song or what? Very inspirational.