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Rebecca Ferguson Will Perform For Trump If She Can Do 'Strange Fruit'

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 01.03.2017 | Entertainment

Singer Rebecca Ferguson has said she will agree to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration under one condition: She wants to sing “Strange Fruit....

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.

If the Trees Could Talk

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 05.14.2016 | Latino Voices
Eduardo Diaz

The Strangest Fruit, an exhibition by San Antonio artist Vincent Valdez, currently on view at Washington and Lee University's Staniar Gallery through May 29, is composed of nine stunning, life-sized paintings of Tejanos hanging against dramatic white canvasses, inspired by the lost -- and often erased -- history of lynched Mexicans and Mexican Americans in this country.

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.

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.

First Nighter: Audra McDonald Dazzles as Billie Holiday

David Finkle | Posted 06.13.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Perhaps the most complimentary remark to be made about Audra McDonald in Lady Day at the Emerson Bar & Grill is that in 90 minutes and under Lonny Price's fully empathetic direction, she nails that voice and she gets that whole life.

Kanye West, Lil Wayne and the Misappropriation of Black History

Ernest Owens | Posted 08.17.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Black history deserves to be regarded highly as well as we would anything else sacred in our society... let's please start treating it as such.

LOOK: 10 Of The Strangest-Looking Superfoods

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living

An apple a day keeps the doctor away -- and it also makes for a pretty boring fruit routine. Why not shake things up and try a nutritious fruit or ...

Obscure Summer Produce You Should Be Eating

Posted 07.12.2012 | Healthy Living

We all have a roster of fruits and veggies that we know and love (or tolerate), but occasionally we're thrown for a loop: what is this oddly colored r...

Lynching Reference on Cover of New Orleans Music Magazine Brings Anger and Outrage

Jordan Flaherty | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jordan Flaherty

OffBeat Magazine is a monthly print publication based in New Orleans. They claim a circulation of 40,000, mostly through free distribution in bars, st...