Black History Month: A Salute to Lena Horne

  Actress, singer, dancer, pin-up, and Civil Rights activist Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was born on June 30, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of a banker and an actress. Her parents divorced when she was 3, and because her mother traveled as part of various theater troupes, Horne alternately accompanied her on the road …

Black History Month: A Salute to Etta James

Jamesetta Hawkins, more famously known as Etta James, was born January 25, 1938, in Los Angeles, California, to a 14-year-old mother, Dorothy Hawkins, who encouraged her daughter's singing career. James would later say, "My mother always told me, even if a song has been done a thousand times, you can still bring something of your own …