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.
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“If a girl is lucky enough to receive any sex education, she will be taught the biological basics. She’ll learn that men have penises and testicles and produce sperm and women have vaginas and uterii and produce ova. She’ll learn that when a man and a woman have sex, the man inserts his penis into the woman’s vagina until he ejaculates. She’ll learn that the semen in the ejaculate will render her vulnerable to pregnancy so she will have to protect herself by using a hormonal or a barrier contraceptive. Hormonal contraception is preferable because barrier methods such as condoms, while safer for women, apparently reduce sensation for men which is obviously a no-no. It’s much better that a woman take a pill every day for her entire reproductive lifespan, or get a painful injection every 12 weeks, or have a copper rod inserted into her uterus, or a silicone rod implanted into her arm. She probably won’t learn that 3 out of 4 women never orgasm from vaginal intercourse. She almost definitely won’t learn how women do achieve orgasm. She’ll learn her place as a receptacle.”
"So, er, for the non South Asians in the audience who perhaps didn’t understand why there was applause, the British built a really extensive railway system throughout India before they left, and it wasn’t so much for transportation for the Indian people, it was because it’s really hard to plunder on foot."
Hari Kondabolu’s joke about the British colonisation of India [x]
It’s easy to see it on the simplistic terms of ‘Broomhilda has no power and Olivia’s totally empowered,’ right? You see them on these opposite ends of the spectrum of history in terms of slavery. But they’re both such strong women in different ways and in some ways, here Olivia Pope is, a woman who cannot get her personal life together and is in violation of the institution of marriage. And here is Broomhilda who lives in a time when black people can’t even legally be married, and she so believes in the sacred institution of marriage that she is waiting and believing in her love and in her humanity and her husband’s humanity and in their relationship that she waits for him and she longs for him and she believes in that. So it’s not as easy as it looks on the outside, it’s also like in some ways Broomhilda is much stronger than Olivia when it comes to interpersonal, loving relationship. - Kerry Washington [x]
What if Disney renamed all their other princess movies to random adjectives like they did with Tangled, Brave and Frozen?
Look, I’m glad ‘12 Years [A Slave]’ got made and it’s wonderful that people are seeing it and there is another view of what happened in America. But I’m not real sure why Steve McQueen wanted to tackle that particular sort of thing.
[‘Fruitvale Station’] explains things like the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the problems with stop and search, and is just more poignant. America is much more willing to acknowledge what happened in the past: ‘We freed the slaves! It’s all good!’ But to say: ‘We are still unnecessarily killing black men’ – let’s have a conversation about that.”
Samuel L. Jackson (via artyartyhadaparty)
I think in light of 12 Years a Slave winning the Oscar for Best Picture, this needs to be remembered. Because it is a very important point in terms of the palatability of 12 Years a Slave and why Fruitvale Station didn’t even get nominated when it has such acclaim outside of the Oscar world.
THANK YOU SAM JACKSON
this is important. don’t get it twisted, don’t be fooled. i’m elated for the cast and crew of 12 years a slave as well as lupita, but america remains 10,000 steps behind when it comes to race. these wins (and no oscar wins before it) do not equal “progress.”
also i think the reasoning behind steve wanting to tackle it doesn’t really matter; both films should’ve been nominated.
TELL THE TRUTH, SHAME THE DEVIL.
He’s definitely speaking the truth about what a garbagemonster Fitz is, but his language here and in the rest of this scene… it’s not hard to see why Olivia doesn’t love herself considering she’s been as much of a possession to her father as Fitz regards her now. And the intimidation tactics her father has used on her for years are the same ones she now regards as romantic and loving when they come from Fitz.
As much as I hope Daddy Pope succeeds in offing the president, I still just want both these motherfuckers out her life, and her in therapy.
More truth, yes.