I’ve made my feelings about Lena Horne known before, so if you read this post, you know how I feel right now. One of my life’s inspirations is gone.
Lena Horne, singer, actress and iconic beauty, passed away tonight at the age of 92. Her New York Times obituary is an inspiring read for any fan of hers, particularly for this passage:
“Looking back at the age of 80, Ms. Horne said: “My identity is very clear to me now. I am a black woman. I’m free. I no longer have to be a ‘credit.’ I don’t have to be a symbol to anybody; I don’t have to be a first to anybody. I don’t have to be an imitation of a white woman that Hollywood sort of hoped I’d become. I’m me, and I’m like nobody else.””
Such sad words to write. RIP, Lena Horne. Thank you for 92 years of inspiration.
* photo via Huffington Post.