Need a last-minute Halloween costume? Try this DIY honoring Lena Horne
Last Halloween, I created a DIY costume based off Dorothy Dandridge’s character in the 1954 American musical film Carmen Jones as a way to honor her work. This year, I wanted to continue in the same vein; paying homage to women of color in the arts and creative world. It’s imperative that we never forget those who came before us, paving the way so we could have opportunities to express ourselves through art and creative work.
I chose to highlight the ever-talented Lena Horne for this year’s DIY costume. Horne was a Brooklyn-born African-American actress, jazz singer, dancer and civil rights activist who appeared in films, theater and nightclub performances. Throughout her career, (which spanned for several decades in and out of Hollywood) Horne was instrumental in advocating for the rights of African Americans. Her political activism caused her to be blacklisted for some time in Hollywood. Perhaps you remember her for her famous song “Stormy Weather” or her guest appearance in the hit TV show A Different World
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This DIY costume showcases Lena Horne’s performance in the 1944 MGM Technicolor musical, Broadway Rhythm
Honestly, I did the Brazilian Boogie and here’s the video to prove it! Have a wonderful and safe time this Halloween!