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Lena Horne dies at 92; country music telethon to benefit flood relief; Lindsay Lohan has a new boring song

horne.jpegActress and singer Lena Horne has died after six decades in the spotlight. (File photo)

By Ally Schweitzer

- Groundbreaking singer and actress Lena Horne has died at the age of 96 92. Horne rose to prominence in the 1940s as the first black woman performer to appear on-screen as a glamorous leading lady, as opposed to a matronly nanny or maid, the roles commonly assigned to black actresses at that time. The musical films "Cabin in the Sky" and "Stormy Weather" sealed Horne's status as an iconic black performer. She went on to battle offensive depictions of black women in the performing arts throughout her career, and she died Sunday after six decades on stage. For more about Horne's life and legacy, read the Washington Post obituary.

- The Great American Country channel is producing a telethon to benefit flood recovery efforts in Nashville. Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley and others will perform on the program, called "Music City Keep on Playin’ – A Benefit for Flood Relief," airing May 16th on the GAC network.

- A new song from Lindsay Lohan appeared online late last week. Many are calling it a leak, but something about the word "leak" makes it seem like people were eagerly anticipating more music from Lohan. The most interesting thing about this song is how disassociated it is from the actress herself-- both her voice and her life. So, wanna hear something utterly ordinary? Listen to Lindsay Lohan's "leaked" song "Can't Stop Won't Stop"!

By Ally Schweitzer  |  May 10, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Lena Horne, Lindsay Lohan  
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Comments

Correction: she was 92, not 96 (3/30/17 - 5/9/10)

RIP, lovely lady.

Posted by: amesmb | May 10, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Thanks amesmb! Correction made.

Posted by: Ally Schweitzer | May 10, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Horne was a mulatto and her being light skin almost white with European features and straight hair gave her more privileges than dark or brown skin blacks. Whites in America will always accept mulattos than darker blacks. You see, President Obama isn't light skin. I always said, Lena Horne, former New York Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, and Dr. Charles Drew were all light skin blacks, Negroes, coloreds. I admired Ms. Horne and may she rest in peace.

Posted by: Ward4DC | May 10, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

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