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75 years ago, on this date, Billie Holiday recorded a song that Time Magazine would call song of the century: Strange Fruit, a song written about a lynching in the South.
Holiday first performed the song at Cafe Society in 1939. She said that singing it made her fearful of retaliation but, because its imagery reminded her of her father, she continued to sing the piece making it a regular part of her live performances. Because of the poignancy of the song, Josephson drew up some rules: Holiday would close with it; the waiters would stop all service in advance; the room would be in darkness except for a spotlight on Holiday’s face; and there would be no encore. During the musical introduction, Holiday would stand with her eyes closed, as if she were evoking a prayer.
Mercedes Jones in “Tested”
“Famous for his vibrant reinterpretations of classical portraits featuring African-American men, New York-based painter Kehinde Wiley has turned the practice of portraiture on its head and in the process has taken the art world by storm.
Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace follows the artist as he steps out of his comfort zone to create a series of paintings of women for the first time. Kehinde casts his models on the streets of New York and then enlists Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy to create couture gowns for each woman. The film traces the artist’s process from concept to canvas as he reveals to us another side of black femininity.”
Lady Blue: Audra McDonald on portraying Billie Holiday
“This play takes place four months before Holiday passed away, so she was already very ill with cirrhosis of the liver and very much addicted to heroin and a raging alcoholic — there’s a lot going on. And she was lonely, lonely, lonely. So to be all those things and get up there and decide, I’m going to start baring my soul, with all that underneath, makes for a very colorful evening, a volatile one and an unpredictable one.”
Idris Elba & Naomie Harris @ Toronto International Film Festival
Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira attend Marie Claire Celebrates May Cover Stars on April 8th, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.
You’re not perfect Fiona. None of us are.
goodness i love this show/family.
DON’T EVER GO IN, JIMMYSTEVEJACK.
Pearl Cleage, from her new memoir:
"I don’t want to feel crazy and unhappy.
I want to be writing
I want to be by myself and be clearheaded and strong and beautiful.
I want to make myself as perfect as I can be.
I want to make myself as wondrous as I can be.
I want to be free.”
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