Classic Ladies of Color

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"…I want to thank all the shoulders of the strong and brave and courageous women that I’m standing on. I am standing on Lena Horne’s shoulders, I am standing on Maya Angelou’s shoulders, I’m standing on Diahann Carroll, and Ruby Dee, and most of all, Billie Holiday. You deserved so much more than you were given when you were on this planet—this is for you, Billie." - Audra McDonald, in the acceptance speech for her sixth Tony win.

"…I want to thank all the shoulders of the strong and brave and courageous women that I’m standing on. I am standing on Lena Horne’s shoulders, I am standing on Maya Angelou’s shoulders, I’m standing on Diahann Carroll, and Ruby Dee, and most of all, Billie Holiday. You deserved so much more than you were given when you were on this planet—this is for you, Billie." - Audra McDonald, in the acceptance speech for her sixth Tony win.

(Source: theurbanfilmstage.com)