R.I.P. Lena Horne.

“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.”

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G.D.

Gene "G.D." Demby is the founder and editor of PostBourgie. In his day job, he blogs and reports on race and ethnicity for NPR's Code Switch team.
  • http://trickyrelativity.wordpress.com/ Spaceman’s Hairdo

    Wow. What a quote.

    I wish I had a time machine. Would love to be in a smoky uptown jazz club listening to her mellifluous voice and marveling at her sublime beauty. She will be missed.