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An Important Work Tip from Lena Horne

Jazz sign at Lincoln Center

“Always be smarter than the people who hire you.” —Lena Horne

Coming from Lena, I think that is some pretty powerful advice.

Lena Horne was an American singer, dancer, civil rights activist, actress, and jazz icon. The video below is from an Associated Press story regarding her recent death in May of 2010. It includes lots of great pictures of her and tells the story of her courageous and successful career.

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Check out this sassy video of Lena in a Gap commercial from 1997, when she was 79. She looks amazing! If I make it that long, I can only hope I look half as good.

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Here she is singing one of her best-known songs, “Stormy Weather.”

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Lena, you rock!

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{ Sep 9, 2010 - 03:09:06 } GERARD