Jazz music was at the center of many things Bradley did - it was always playing in his office and it was the theme of what he considered his best work. The interview with Lena Horne was what Bradley would answer when asked what his best interview was. Of the interview in which Horne poured out her soul to Bradley, he said, "When I get to the pearly gates and St. Peter asks what have I done to gain entry, I'll say, 'Have you seen my Lena Horne interview?'"
"The fallout came only weeks after Horne's arrival. While performing in May at Chicago's Chez Paree nightclub, she learned that a local real estate agent was trying to push her out. Because restrictive covenant laws did not apply to her home, a local Realtor had founded "The Association for the Prevention of Gravel Snatchers" -- a league intended, supposedly, to stop thieves from from stealing gravel from driveways. But convoluted wording included an anti-Negro clause. The couple of "members" began knocking on doors and asking for signatures. Most people, especially Garrett, were furious and refused.
Even so, Horne told the Chicago Defender that someone had advised her "to return home immediately and prepare for the worst." She wouldn't back down, she said. "I like comfort and my home is comfortable and I do not intend giving it up without a struggle. She and Hayton took steps to protect themselves. They built a wall around their house and bought a gun, which Hayton taught her how to use. "I kept it in the corner, all handy," she said."
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