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Solange Knowles Awarded 1st Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact

December 9, 2019

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Harry Belafonte recently spoke glowingly about the legacy of the late Lena Horne, who died in 2010, whose activism inspired the newly created Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact, the AP reports. "She had a huge burden. She was black, she was hugely popular, and she had to continually safeguard that environment of hers, the celebrity,” he said in a recent interview with the outlet. Last Friday, Solange Knowles was revealed to be the first recipient of the prize, which will be awarded February 28 in New York City. Knowles said she was "beyond humbled” to receive the honor, and said Horne was an inspiration to her as a child. “It was then that I learned about Lena’s dedicated activism and fearless integrity as a woman and groundbreaking artist,” she said. “I am honored to be receiving an award that bears her name and continue her legacy of using the arts to inspire reflection and evoke change.”