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Something that has nothing to do with politics or other stressful matters:

Recently, I heard about Jeni LeGon, now nearly forgotten but in her time a remarkable success.

According to the late film expert Roger Ebert, during the mid-1930s LeGon was earning $1,250 a week at Hollywood’s top shop, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Ebert called her the first black woman signed to a major studio. (He may have been mistaken. I think Nina Mae McKinney preceded LeGon.) LeGon, one of the first and few black female dance stars, kept going as a dancer and dance teacher practically until she died in 2012, age 96.

But enough words. Look at this video, in which LeGon performed with Fats Waller and Bill Robinson. Its racial cliches make us cringe today, but the performers shine like the sun. LeGon was only 19, but she performed as an equal to the legendary Robinson. I can’t embed it here, but you can find the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnGd6Gns4Is.

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