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Billie Holiday

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

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 04.10.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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 04.02.2015 | 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.

Apollo Theater Set To Commemorate 100th Birthday Of Billie Holiday

AP | Posted 03.09.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — The Apollo Theater is planning events to commemorate the 100th birthday of blues singer Billie Holiday. The legendary American jazz...

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...

The Great Dream: An American Opera

Daron Hagen | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Daron Hagen

We're in for a wild ride the next few years. Some really great operas are going to be produced. The Great Dream is coming true.

Everything You Know Is A Lie, And This Celebrity Impersonator Is Too

The Huffington Post | Liat Kornowski | Posted 07.10.2014 | Entertainment

Remember this incredibly impressive video that popped up all over your Facebook feed earlier this month? You know the one, where one guy does 29 celeb...

Chats With Ivan Neville and The Berman Brothers, Plus Exclusives by Geneviéve Bellemare, Home Video and Dream Alive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.08.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Ivan Neville: "I've bleen doing a little bit of this, a little bit of that, you know. I'm playing with my band Dumpstaphunk and doing other stuff, a few recording sessions here and there."

29 Perfect Celebrity Impressions In One Song

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 07.01.2014 | Entertainment

We've heard some guys do some amazing impressions of celebrity men, and we've heard some girls do some amazing impressions of celebrity women, but we'...

Song of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 08.31.2014 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

I caught up with director N.C. Heikin to ask her what inspired her to want to bring to life the "reality" of Frank Morgan's life and she graciously took the time to give me some insight into her journey.

Warming Into June: Cultural ^ Charitable Catch-Up

Jill Lynne | Posted 08.12.2014 | Arts
Jill Lynne

Warming Into June; Cultural & Charitable Catch-Up Central Parks Mini-Regatta, MFIT's Couture Council, Designer Ralph Rucci, The Lighthouse Gild's POS...

New York: What You Can't Miss This Summer

Lisa McElroy | Posted 08.11.2014 | Travel
Lisa McElroy

My teenage daughter and I took four days this week to explore the city and find the best lodging, dining, tours, and shows -- all the ones that aren't yet famous, but should be.

Behind-the-Scenes Quotes From This Year's Tony Winners

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 08.10.2014 | Entertainment
Jeryl Brunner

While many great moments occurred during the telecast, go to Parade to read about eight behind-the-scenes responses you may have missed.

Turning 65 with 'Crazy'

Michael Sigman | Posted 07.29.2014 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

Call her crazy, but my mom says that the second I heard the opening notes of Billie's recording, I leapt over the walls of my crib, landed squarely on the piano bench and welcomed my new sister into the world by playing along and harmonizing with every line.

More Black Actors On Broadway Bring Black Audience With Them

AP | Mark Kennedy | Posted 04.28.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Early one Sunday this month, 56 people boarded a bus in a suburb of Washington, D.C., to make the trip to Broadway to see a play. ...

Lady Day: A Night to Remember

Danny Groner | Posted 06.24.2014 | New York
Danny Groner

Tony Award-winning Audra McDonald does such a fantastic job echoing the late Billie Holiday that you at times believe that you're being awarded one last performance from Holiday herself.