“I disconnected myself to shield myself from people who would sway to my songs in the club and call me ‘nigger’ in the street. They were too busy seeing their own preconceived image of a Negro woman. The image that I chose to give them was of a woman who they could not reach and therefore can’t hurt.” —Lena Horne
she died on this day in 2010.
art: photo of Horne by Charles “Teenie” Harris, 1944