On-Line Family and Friends:
to all of you! Well, the week started of a bit sad
by the loss of another
one of our icons. However, on a personal level it
was pretty cool and somewhat amazing, due to quietly
observing my birth date. As I sit in front of this
computer for the few moments I have free; I am pondering
many wonderful birthdays and years. My mind
however' has drifted towards my goals, and I can't
help but mention: another year has passed and I have yet
to accomplish some of my ultimate goals. LOL...Yup, this
week I did not board a plane that's heading to Egypt, in
order for me to explore the captivating and mysterious
great Pyramids...LOL, what a bomber huh? Instead,
I was consumed by my daily grind and is now
left with very little time to vibe with
you. Honestly though, in my forever quest to
expand my knowledge in various areas, I have been
undertaking some extensive training. Therefore,
this week was filled with sessions after sessions of
training in one area or another. Of course, this
has just about drained me and my brain...LOL; and has
unfortunately cut into my time to completing the things
I love, such as vibing with you regarding all the
important issues that has transpired during this
exciting week. Physically, I know I will survive; after all
I am a fighter and pretty headstrong...right?). I
know if this keeps up I will find a way to do both,
because I don't know how to give up on anything (hence
my sign, which Todd and the folks that really know me
can attest to.)
I ask you to pardon my briefness this week, my Friday
sessions are not quite over yet. Nevertheless,
you will find my little tribute to the late and great Lena
Horne. Additionally, you will find our friend and contributor
Hollis Lashley has enlightened us with his Flashpoint entitled
Unfinished Business. Finally, please check out
our featured events and make plans to attend the
Carnival Bandleaders Association of Washington DC
Bar-B-Que Cookout on Sunday. You will find the
details by CLICKING
HERE or by scrolling down.
Gorgeous, Talented, Incomparable, and Legendary Singer,
Actress, Mother and Activist LENA MARY CALHOUN HORNE
died earlier this week, specifically on Mother's Day - May
9th, 2010, at the age of 92. This women I absolutely
adored, her voice was captivating, her performances were
outstanding and her strength and outspokenness was
We lost a woman who fought racism and
even sexism throughout her career. From my readings
regarding the Cotton Club in Harlem NY, I have always been
fascinated by their sad and annoying practice; however,
Ms. Horne started her career at this club in 1933 at the
young age of 16, and excelled from that point. Yes,
her light-skinned complexion open a lot of doors for her
in this complex world. She was
the first black performer in the 40s hired to sing with a
major white band, [which of course shattered racial
barriers.] And she was also the first black
performer to be signed to a long-term contract with a
major Hollywood studio, and went on to achieve
International fame as a singer.
am most proud of Ms. Horne for her activism and her public
stance against racial discrimination during several
decades (1940s-1960s). She was one of a few high
profile African-American entertainers willing to risk
their careers to support civil rights and human
dignity. As a matter of fact, during
World War II, when entertaining troops for the USO, Ms. Horne
refused to perform for segregated audiences or to
groups in which German POWs were seated in front of
African American servicemen.
was spent battling racial and social injustices.
Horne has had a long and successful relationship
with the NAACP; and one of the members she admired
and who moved her by his optimism and personal
power, was Medger Evers. This gentleman
motivated her to step up her activism during her
trip in 1963 through the South. From my
readings, I understand Ms. Horne sang
at a church concert and attended an NAACP rally in
Jackson with Medgar Evers the weekend before Evers
was gunned down in his driveway on June 12, 1963.
Horne was at the March on Washington where she spoke
and performed on behalf of the NAACP, SNCC and the
National Council of Negro Women.
stood behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while he
gave his famous "I Have A Dream" speech
and attended his funeral five years later in
also worked with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to
pass anti-lynching legislation.
understand Ms. Horne's Father negiotiated with MGM
in 1942 saying I can get a maid for my
daughter. I don't want her in the movies
of her quotes I am very fond of is: You can never
forget you're a Negro...It's our burden.
on the entertainment end of things, I
clearly remember Todd and I watching her memorable musical
movies Stormy Weather where the title tune was a
big hit, and watching her range as she performed her
dramatic role in Cabin in the Sky. Wow, what a
great performer and lovely woman, who is indeed the matriarch
of African American entertainers and a trailblazer.
She too have seen a lot in her years, and must be proud of
where America is today. Ms. Horne is survived by a
daughter and 2 grandsons.
I had the time I would go on and on about this amazing
woman - Lena Horne, but I will end my tribute by saying: May
she rest in peace!!!
learn more about Ms. Horne check out the following links
to view her biography: http://www.nndb.com/people/842/000024770/
or for a more detailed biography courtesy of John Andrews
log on to the following: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/may2010/horn-m13.shtml.
Additionally, by clicking on her picture below you will be
able to launch a page where you can view a nice video on
her. It was nice to see, and most importantly to see
that one of our local Jazz Musicians Mr. Marcus Johnson
was interviewed in this video. Check it out, you
will find it is very informative. Actually, you can
click on the following link to launch: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/05/20105115464120101.html
On another sad note, Todd has lost
his great Aunt Dorothia Jacobs who was 85 years old.
She was from the same era as Lena Horne. Below is a
few words from Todd about his great aunt.
up Aunt Dorothia had a lot in common with Lena
Horne. In my eyes, as a youth in boring
Washington DC, she was the Aunt that lived in
glamorous and exciting New York City. One thing
I remember most about Aunt Dorothia was her little
teacup Poodle...[as a child this little poodle was
very intriguing to me.] In recent years, she had
moved back home to the DC area to be closer to the
family, and her youthful manner then amazed me;
because at 80 she was useful and alert and didn't look
a day over 60. Well, another elder in my family
has passed on, and it is up to us the next generation
to carry the torch. Aunt Dorothia indeed lived a
long healthy life and I'm sure she has moved on to a
better place. We all will miss you Aunt Dorothia...May
you rest in peace!!!
Do you have unfinished business ?
are you living your life ?
you acting with compassion ?
gossiping and causing strife ?
you defined by a position ?
you’re better than the next ?
you understand what love is ?
you living with pretext ?
you made positive difference
the life of someone else ?
you help to fulfill some need
anyone beside yourself ?
you knew that death was waiting
that today would be your last,
you be peaceful or panicking
a selfish, sordid past ?
have their unfinished business,
have as much as you allow,
let us always be remindful
the time to act is now.
is the time to ask forgiveness,
is the time to make amends,
is the time to say I LOVE YOU,
say I’m sorry to your friends.
may not be a tomorrow,
moment now may be your last,
you have unfinished business,
lest too much time has passed.
an enjoyable and fantastic weekend, and we will certainly vibe some more
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