Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Lena Horne Was Born Today... In 1964 Santiago Alvarez Directed "Now"

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 30, 2011 5:12 AM
1 Comment
  • |

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.”

Today in history... June 30th, 1917, singer and actress Lena Horne was born in Brooklyn, NY.

She died last spring at 92 years old.

In 1964, Cuban filmmaker Santiago Alvarez made the below 5-minute film titled Now, about racial discrimination in Civil Rights-era USA, which includes a montage of related photos and newsreel clips, all set to the sounds of Lena Horne's voice singing the title song.


  • |

More: Today In History

Free Indie Movies and Documentaries    

1 Comment

  • James Madison | June 30, 2011 8:49 AMReply

    Happy Birthday Ms. Horne!

Follow Shadow and Act

Email Updates

Most "Liked"

  • 'Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black ...
  • Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs ...
  • Veronica and Efren Go on a Trip in Divisive ...
  • AAFCA Announces 2015 Special Achievement ...
  • Thankfully, 'The Equalizer' Gets an ...
  • First-Look at Seth Gilliam as Father ...
  • Pioneering Documentary Filmmaker William ...
  • 'The Equalizer' Engages His Adversary ...
  • Unpacking My Locarno Summer Academy ...
  • Powerful Documentary 'The Homestretch' ...