New America Now: Stormy Weather, I Got Thunder, Paula West

New America Now: Stormy Weather, I Got Thunder, Paula West

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This week on New America Now - A special on black entertainers: James Gavin talks about his book Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne, Lashonda Barnett looks at black women songwriters and their craft in I Got Thunder, and local singer Paula West reveals some of her favorite jazz musicians.

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Author James Gavin talks about his book Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne. Though Lena Horne was a groundbreaking African American film and musical star, she paid a huge personal price in a life marked by triumph and tragedy.


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The hurdles faced by black women songwriters are effectively depicted by Lashonda Barnett in her book I Got Thunder.


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Local singer Paula West tells how popularity has eluded black entertainers whom she thinks are great musicians; Andy Bey and Oscar Brown, Jr.


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