Lena Horne & Kermit The Frog Sing “Bein’ Green”

Kermit: I’m green, it’ll do fine.

Lena Horne: You’re beautiful and I think it’s what I want to be

What could be fresher or greener than this? It saddens me that aside from all of her many talents and accomplishments, Lena Horne’s character and strength doesn’t seem to exist in so many performers today. Even the frankness and honesty with which she explained how she came into knowing about herself and Black people seems to me unrivaled today.

I don’t want to be that person, you know the turn back the hands of time person. Gawd knows we have enough of that in Hip Hop. And I don’t want to front like I was her biggest fan, but it’s a thought I can’t shake when I watch interviews with her or read about her.

In one of Lena Horne’s many appearances on Sesame Street:

Miss Piggy learns that her song has been canceled. Kermit didn’t want her performance to be compared with that of Lena Horne’s. “There are singers and there are singers,” Kermit states. Piggy believes it is that Kermit didn’t want her number to overshadow Lena’s. ~muppet.wikia.com [1]

Their interaction has tons of symbolism and I notice even though Kermit the Frog looks amazingly sad, for a muppet anyway, she doesn’t. She looks strong and understanding. Wouldn’t it be great if all adults were like the ones on sesame Street? We should be working to be those adults everyday shouldn’t we? Seems like a good goal.

RIP Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010) American singer, actress, dancer and civil rights activist.

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