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The Hidden History of Lena Horne and ‘Stormy Weather’

Men groped women on set and the director disliked Blacks, but what else is new?

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Lena Horne’s honey-dripped vocals and dazzling stage presence is ingrained into the fabric of American popular culture. However, the truth is, the sensational entertainer was never truly a movie star — not really. Certainly, Horne’s velvet…



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Aramide Tinubu

Aramide Tinubu is a NYC-based film critic & writer. She wrote her master’s thesis on Black Girlhood and Parental Loss. Find her at awordwitharamide.com.