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You Must Remember This: #82. The Blacklist Part 12: Stormy Weather: Lena Horne + Paul Robeson

11/07/2021

May 17,2016

Karina Longworth’s award winning and acclaimed podcast series about Hollywood

Horne’s last years at MGM overlapped with the first HUAC hearings. Horne, an outspoken proponent of equal rights, who from the beginning of her career had associated with leftists and “agitators,” got caught up in the anti-communist insanity. One of those agitators was Paul Robeson, a singer, actor and political firebrand who was a mentor and friend to Horne. But once the red panic began to heat up, that friendship became problematic for Lena, and like so many others, she was forced to choose between her career and her friendships.


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