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Lena Horne: she sang up a real storm

by Theresa Bennett
Issue No. 1795

PAUL ROBESON Jr is presenting a new series, Lena Horne: A Force of Nature, on Radio 2. It looks at the black woman described as a living legend. The programme is great-a real musical feast, and much more. It describes the life of Lena Horne, the performer, artist and singer. There are real gems of information about the influence of the organised black middle class in the US.

Paul Robeson knew Lena Horne. They both challenged the treatment of black performing artists in the 1940s and 1950s. From his son we get a very personal account of this singer, who helped to break the colour bar on bands and Hollywood. Everyone who can should listen to this series about the woman who challenged racism and anti-Communism in the McCarthy era.

Lena Horne: A Force of Nature, 10pm, Fridays, Radio 2.

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Sat 13 Apr 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1795
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