Monthly Archives: May 2010

Willie Nelson Is Sporting A New Look!

Willie Nelson displayed his new chin-length 'do at a gig in Hawaii over the weekend.

Willie Nelson’s pigtails used to be his trademark. But,the country music legend has decided to trade his old look in for a new one. He is now sporting a short bob that goes to his chin.And he still looks great for a 77 year old man. His fans should be pleasantly surprised because he looks like he belong more to this century than the previous one. Nice upgrade,dude!

Here’s more from USA Today:

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The Controversial Mojave Desert Cross Is Missing!

Religious - Mojave Cross After ACLU Lawsuit

Who stole the Mojave Desert Cross that was erected as a memorial to fallen U.S. soldiers? That’s the question many have pondered once they learned about this latest theft. Some are wondering if it’s related to the ongoing legal dispute about the removal of the cross or if metal scavengers are the culprits.

Here’s more from Yahoo News:

The 7-foot-high metal cross vanished from its perch in the Mojave National Preserve late Sunday or early Monday, said National Park Service spokeswoman Linda Slater. Bolts holding it to the rock were cut.

Slater said possible scenarios ranged from people “with an interest in the case” to metal scavengers. The U.S. Justice Department was looking into the case.

The cross has been the center of a legal dispute for about a decade since a complaint by a former park service employee represented by the ACLU.

On a 5-4 vote in April, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to order its removal. The high court told a federal judge to take a new look at a congressional plan to transfer land under the cross to private ownership.

The theft was discovered when workers went to replace a plywood cover that was placed over the cross years ago pending resolution of the case and had been torn off during the weekend.

The isolated site in the 1.6 million-acre preserve is a small rise amid Joshua trees along a road far off busy Interstate 15, about 200 miles northeast of Los Angeles and 70 miles south of Las Vegas.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars first placed a wooden cross on Sunrise Rock in 1934 to honor soldiers killed in World War I.

The metal cross that was stolen was erected in the late 1990s by the memorial’s longtime caretakers, Henry and Wanda Sandoz of Yucca Valley.

Liberty Institute, an organization representing the Sandozes and veterans groups, offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest or conviction.

Wanda Sandoz said the cross had been vandalized in the past, but such instances had become rarer since her husband bolted it down.

“I was really upset and I was crying, and I said: ‘Well, we’ll show them. We’ll put up a bigger one and a better one,” she said. “And Henry said: ‘No we won’t. We will put one up exactly like the veterans put up.'”

The VFW also promised that the memorial will be rebuilt.

“This was a legal fight that a vandal just made personal to 50 million veterans, military personnel and their families,” National Commander Thomas J. Tradewell said.

It was not immediately clear, however, whether a replacement cross would be permitted.”(End of Excerpt) Read the whole article here.

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The Late Lena Horne Hated The Moniker “Chocolate Chanteuse”!

I was going to get around to doing a post about the great Lena Horne at some point. It’s too bad that I’m writing it under these very,sad circumstances.If you have not already heard,Lena Horne has died at the age of 92. One of the most beautiful women to ever grace the earth has left it behind. Although she is gone physically,the mark that Lena Horne made on the world will grant her some measure of immortality.

For this was a woman who truly made a difference. She changed people’s perspectives regarding the types of roles that were suitable for black women to play. In the 1940’s, Hollywood was still portraying African-Americans as the homely-looking hired help. With Lena Horne, Hollywood began to realize that black women were comely women too. She broadened the roles for actresses of African descent.

And she didn’t just stop there. Lena Horne also was an avid civil rights activist. She took part in demonstrations & even helped Eleanor Roosevelt pass an anti-lynching law. This was no shrinking violet. Ms. Horne wasn’t afraid to wear her political beliefs on her sleeve. That’s why she was briefly blacklisted during the communist witch hunt which is better known as “the McCarthy era.”

Yes,Lena Horne was truly a womanly force. That’s probably why she disliked the moniker “chocolate chanteuse.” Because it really isn’t a accurate description of her at all. She was much,much more than a nightclub songstress.

Here’s more from The Washington Post:

“In Hollywood, she received previously unheard-of star treatment for a black actor. Metro Goldwyn Mayer studios featured Ms. Horne in movies and advertisements as glamorously as white beauties including Hedy Lamarr, Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable.

The media sometimes described Ms. Horne in terms that upset her.

I hated those awful phrases they used to trot out to describe me!” she once said. “Who the hell wants to be a ‘chocolate chanteuse’ ?”

Ms. Horne was also frustrated by infrequent movie work and feeling limited in her development as an actress. She confronted studio officials about roles she thought demeaning, a decision that eventually hurt her.

James Gavin, a historian of cabaret acts who has written a biography of Ms. Horne, said: “Given the horrible restrictions of the time, MGM bent over backward to do everything they could. After MGM, she was an international star, and that made her later career possible, made her a superstar.”

Ms. Horne appeared on television and at major concerts halls in New York, London and Paris. She starred on Broadway twice, and her 1981 revue, “Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music,” set the standard for the one-person musical show, reviewers said. The performance also netted her a special Tony Award and two Grammy Awards.

Gavin said Ms. Horne cultivated a “ferocious” singing personality through her flashing eyes and teeth.

“Unlike Perry Como and Bing Crosby, who were warm, familiar presences, Lena Horne was a fierce black woman and not a warm and fuzzy presence,” Gavin said. “She was formidable and the first black cabaret star for white society.”

Ms. Horne said she felt a need to act aloof onstage to protect herself from unwanted advances early in her career, especially from white audiences.

“They were too busy seeing their own preconceived image of a Negro woman,” she told the New York Daily News in 1997. “The image that I chose to give them was of a woman who they could not reach. . . . I am too proud to let them think they can have any personal contact with me. They get the singer, but they are not going to get the woman.” (End of Excerpt) Read the article in its entirety here.

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