The admirable( now) 94 year old Collins is presently being honoured with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Black Canadian Awards Gala in Toronto on June 7th for her contribution as a pioneer Canadian television and radio artist. In addition to the Canadian award, it has also been officially announced by Sha Battle, Founder,
Collins was a gifted performer and had much natural musical and vocal talent. She was also charismatic, elegant, beautiful and glamorous. While her television show aired in the 1950’s during an oppressive period for artists of colour, the “Eleanor” show helped to break down barriers for performers and Canadians from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Jeni LeGon died Friday at age 96, according to Vancouver journalist James Oakes, who is a neighbour of the woman’s partner Frank Clavin.
The American Tap Dance Foundation says LeGon was one of the first African-American women to develop a career as a tap soloist — and she wore pants when all the other female dancers were sporting skirts.