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Billie Holiday

A Look Back At Billie Holiday's Ladylike Style

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 04.07.2016 | Style

Billie Holiday's short life may have been marred by a tumultuous upbringing and drug addiction, but when she stepped into the spotlight her image was ...

HBO and Audra McDonald Capture the Dark Nights of Lady Day

David Hinckley | Posted 03.10.2016 | Entertainment
David Hinckley

Like most great singers, Billie Holiday never had to explain what she was singing about. But that's a good part of what the splendid Audra McDonald does in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, which premieres Saturday at 9 p.m. on HBO

Watching the Oscars on the Couch With Grandma and Grandpa

Xaque Gruber | Posted 02.29.2016 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

My parents, married for (over) 45 Years are Straight Outta Ohio. No nonsense, midwestern folk (and grandparents) who love going to the movies. Dad's (...

Tracee Ellis Ross Adorably Performed With Mom Diana Ross On Stage

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 11.30.2015 | Black Voices

It's hard to imagine that the ever-vibrant Tracee Ellis Ross was once shy about anything. But the 43-year-old daughter of music legend Diana Ross just...

Jill Scott's Powerful Rendition Of Billie Holiday's Strange Fruit Is A Must Watch

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 11.23.2015 | Black Voices

On November 20, A&E aired the Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America. The benefit concert highlighted issues of racial inequality ...

On the "A" w/Souleo: Meet the Unforgettable Personalities of Harlem's Iconic Paris Blues Bar

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 10.16.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

In their own words three of Paris Blues Bar's popular personalities reflect on their portraits and share tales of sacrificing to make one's dream a reality, fighting back against racism and the personal freedom found through style.

Billie Holiday Will Perform At the Apollo Again, As A Hologram

TIME | Brennan Williams | Posted 09.10.2015 | Black Voices

Soon you can see Billie Holiday perform at the Apollo Theater in New York. The only catch is that she’ll be a hologram....

Happy 100th to Three Icons: Watts, Merton, Holiday

Philip Goldberg | Posted 08.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Philip Goldberg

I recently discovered that this year marks the 100th birthday of three cultural icons who influenced my life deeply in the late 1960s, when I first se...

The Jazz Singer Off Road: Kurt Elling

Barry Singer | Posted 06.30.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

Where most jazz singers tour, Elling traverses the globe. His latest album, Passion World, just out on Blue Note records, maps Elling's peripatetic restlessness via songs from more than a half-dozen foreign countries.

The Roots, Billie Holiday Among This Year's Philadelphia Music Walk Of Fame Honorees

Billboard | Posted 05.29.2015 | Black Voices

The Roots will be among the 2015 honorees added to the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame....

Cassandra Wilson's Unique Holiday Tribute

Lew Whittington | Posted 05.15.2016 | Arts
Lew Whittington

Billie Holiday was born in Philadelphia in 1915, grew up in Baltimore, moved to New York, started to sing while still in her teens and soon changed music history as the inimitable Lady Day.

Strange Fruit of a Different Name

Jennifer Bailey | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
 Jennifer Bailey

Blood on the trees and blood at the root. Over 75 years after Billie Holiday first performed the song, the question of whether #blacklivesmatter is still up for debate.

Jose James Returns to the Variety Theater in Atlanta with the Music of Billie Holiday

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 06.10.2015 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Mr. James claims inspiration from Holiday and rightfully so. Perhaps his most direct claim to her legacy is his ability, like Holiday's, to bring both pathos and sensuality to a lyric.

Cassandra Wilson Says 'Happy 100th, Lady Day'

Michael Sigman | Posted 06.07.2015 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

Of the many tributes to Billie Holiday's 100th birthday today (April 7), the most compelling I've heard is Cassandra Wilson's Sony Legacy album Coming Forth By Day, a strange, atmospheric brew produced by Nick Launay (whose credits include music by Nick Cave and Arcade Fire) with shimmering string arrangements by the incomparable Van Dyke Parks.

Kid and Playful: Jessie Baylin Steps Out of Her Dark Shadow

Michael Bialas | Posted 06.03.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

While exploring your inner child, you can dance to this mood-swinging album while listening to Baylin's luscious voice that adopts the qualities of some of her favorite singers -- Astrud Gilberto, Billie Holiday, Dusty Springfield and Stevie Nicks.

New Bio of Lady Day Has Body and Soul

Lew Whittington | Posted 05.31.2015 | Books
Lew Whittington

She knew the limitations of her voice, but made the most of her contralto range, from reedy top notes to growling vocal crashes. She told stories with her vocalese. Like Thelonious Monk, her chromatically, exploratory style, could connect everything musically.

The Stacks: Billie Holiday: Jazz's Aching Songbird

The Daily Beast | Nat Hentoff | Posted 02.14.2015 | Black Voices

Dizzy Gillespie's big band, at Birdland in New York. Coming down the stairs I heard a crackling, stunning trumpet cadenza, brilliant in content as wel...

#WeAreBlackHistory Celebrates Black Heroines Past And Present

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 02.12.2015 | Black Voices

When it comes to torches of strong Black women civil rights legacies, there are a lot to carry. Fortunately for us there are plenty of contemporar...

First Nighter: Diana Ross, 70 Going on 22, Glamorously Re-Opens Brooklyn's King's Theatre

David Finkle | Posted 04.06.2015 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Diana Ross -- Miss Ross to you, Diane to family and (Motown) friends -- heart-stoppingly opened Brooklyn's restored King's Theatre last night (February 3) by entering from the back of the vast, spectacularly refurbished auditorium.

Maryland She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.22.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Harriet Tubman was born a slave on Maryland's Eastern Shore. In 1849, when she was about 30, her owner died. Believing she was going to be sold, she escaped and made her way to Philadelphia.

Why Lady Gaga Really Matters -- Even on Howard Stern

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 02.08.2015 | Entertainment
Melody Breyer-Grell

Every time I try to wean myself off Howard Stern, he pulls me back in, as Michael Corleone would say. Stern, capable of the funniest and/or most vile radio content to be heard, often turns so candid an interview that it puts Barbara Walters to shame.

9 Famous Women Whose Divorces Don't Define Them

Daria Snadowsky | Posted 12.06.2014 | Divorce
Daria Snadowsky

Imagine the stigma endured by the following nine lady divorcées, who came of age prior to women's liberation. Employment prospects were limited, yet they forged remarkable professional legacies that have far outlasted any societal backlash they suffered from divorce.

If Time Were an Ocean

Broderick Greer | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion
Broderick Greer

Michael Brown and I are the same, because if I had been walking down Canfield Drive on August 9, I probably would have been shot dead as well. Because that is the story of our nation

Motorcycles, Riptides & More: Chats with Loudon Wainwright, Vancy Joy, John Velghe and Rocco DeLuca

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.08.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Loudon Wainwright: "It's hard to be objective about oneself. I don't know what's different, it doesn't feel like anything has changed in the 40 years that I've been writing songs."

Arthur Delaney

Has It Gotten Harder For Poor People To Become Famous?

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Has it gotten harder for Americans from poor backgrounds to become famous? In a new book, Unlikely Fame: Poor People Who Made History...