Solange awarded the newly created Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact for her work in her community as well as her artistry.
Lena Horne’s legacy includes stellar performances on stage and on-screen as well as a passion to empower through activism. Harry Belafonte hopes this new honor will shine a light on Horne’s work as a voice for social change according to The Associated Press.
“That last sparkle of life was the place where she felt most nourished. She found her voice, socially and politically, beyond the enormous notoriety she had as the most beautiful black women in the universe, and one of the great singers” says Belafonte.
As for Solange, receiving the Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact comes with great pride.
“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.” says Solange.
The When I Get Home creator recently stopped by The Tonight Show introducing her unique performance style to the late-night audience. Solange will officially be awarded the prize on February 28 during a ceremony at New York’s Town Hall. With the honor, Solange will receive $100,000 which the artist plans to donate to the Project Row Houses in Houston, according to The Associated Press.
Project Row Houses is an art non-profit which aims to uplift and enrich communities through engagement, art, and direct action.