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This is what an Exquisite Black QUEEN looks like👑

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BLACK HISTORY Always needs a Black ANTHEM 2 Qualify Our journey- & none told Our Stories of LOVE, WAR, RACISM & HARDSHIPS better than these beautiful, soulful, courageous & most inspirational Voices. Distinctive as they were and are Iconic because they each encompassed Black experience when OUR WORLD got shaken Not stirred So as we Celebrate the BOLD & the BEAUTIFUL; we know also their painful back stories which make them both human & humane. -Tom Cooke strangefruit midnighttrain2georgia justlikewater whentheworldturnsblue nooneintheworld gladysknight arethafranklin ninasimone anitabaker laurynhill laylahhathaway ourqueens melaninmusic blkgirlsrock blackwomensing womenofsoul iconicvoices Author’s Note: Aretha Franklin Photo omitted by mistakeTC

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HAPPY PRES DAY! Hope all my vape fam out theirs haveing a great holiday had 2 share what im vapein on today the new circuscookie frosting by puff_labs 💨 its So0o0o0 🔥🔥😍😍 i can't put it down if u havent tryed it yet u have 2 go get u some & their doing a FAT deal 2day so grab urs asap! Im also dabbling with the strangefruit spoiledmilk its a keylimepie and also super 🔥🔥💨💨💯💯😍😍 geekvape drag goon 528 customs Vapelife Vapeon Vapenation Vapeporn Vapestagram Vapelyfe Instavape Vapedaily Vapetricks vapesociety vapeonly vapelife vapelove vapeaddict vapeaholics vapeclouds vapeforlife vapehappy dripgirls coilart

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The island of purple fruits 🍇 On this island however, there was one kind of fruit that he could never taste. It was live and purple, and it grew high up on the tallest of all the trees 💜 💜 💜 elixir life strangefruit thecolorpurple

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This song "Strange Fruit" originated as a poem published in 1937, written by Jewish-American writer Abel Meeropol, under his pseudonym Lewis Allan, as a protest against lynchings💔 Billy Holiday recorded it 1939 and it’s been covered by many artists since. It’s one of my favorite songs to sing and it breaks my heart each time. I think heartbreak is sometimes necessary for waking up to truth. And it’s always powerful as it ignites a fire inside to be channeled into some kind of potent goodness strangefruit billyholiday

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Heute in der beat*brause zum Black History Month: Eines der ersten Stücke, das rassistische Gewalt thematisierte & weltberühmt wurde. 2 Versionen ab jetzt auf

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Think this might be one of my all time favourite photographs! The poise, the grace, the self assuredness, the style ! you know she took no shit and in my head shes calling someone a Motherfucker here which if you listen to her out takes she did quite regularlythey tried to break her, even sent her to jail but that spirit was relentless! A true hero who championed for the rights of her people! Im listening now trying to channel some of her courage (📸 by Jay Maisel New York ) ladyday billiedoesitbest blues billiesblues fineandmellow strangefruit vocalist blackhistory hero jazz ladysingstheblues empress muchtolearn

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【今日の一曲】 中途覚醒の寝不足でウツウツしてるし、包丁で指はえぐってしまうしでどんよりしてたら旦那がかけたBGM。 やめれ。余計に沈んでまうやろ。 ビリーホリデイ Billieholiday strangefruit

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LADY DAY ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾 BlackHistoryMonth BlackHistory Blackmusicians music BillieHoliday LadyDay strangefruit blackconsciousness blackandproud blackisbeautiful blackunity blackgirlmagic blackboyjoy staywoke panafrican Repost nmaahc ( get_repost) ・・・ Eleanora Fagan, better known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz singer with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Producer John Hammond discovered Holiday while she was performing a set at a Harlem club at age 18. Holiday went on to record her first commercial record, “Your Mother’s Son-In-Law,” as well as the 1934 hit “Riffin’ the Scotch.” Known for her unique phrasing and expressive voice, Holiday sang with the Count Basie Orchestra, and in 1938 she became one of the first African American women to work with the all-white Artie Shaw orchestra. In 1939, Holiday recorded her signature ballad “Strange Fruit” while on a solo engagement at New York’s Café Society. The song’s powerful narrative about the lynching of African Americans got it banned from some radio stations. Ironically, this strong response helped the record become a national hit. When Holiday died in 1959, more than 3,000 people—many considered jazz royalty—attended her funeral, including Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Tony Scott, and John Hammond. In 1976, her 1941 recording of “God Bless the ” was added to the Grammy Hall of Fame. APeoplesJourney 📸: Holiday at the Downbeat club in New York, 1947.

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BILLIE GENIUS Born Eleanora Fagan April 7, 1915 Raped during preteens Puberty rites of passage 5 dollars a trick Maintaining pimps' & madams' Cash flow Philly birthplace Baltimore upbringing Hard knock life to live Mama may have Papa may have But God bless the Who gave in return Much more than she ever took Rewriting the book No formal training required For that which cannot be taught Controlling orchestra tempo Without a maestro's baton Vocalized alchemy Creating empathy and outrage A daring interpretation That became signature Like her stage name Pastoral scene Of the Gallant South Strange Fruit Bitter truths Putting a mirror To a nation's face No Café Society encore Exclamation point made Hair adorned with gardenias Veins poisoned by poppies Made an example of By newborn agencies Lyrics injected into souls Deemed as dangerous as Smack which rode the tracks Decades later? True legacy intact Dublin natives composing tributes One December day After they touched the ground At JFK: "Lady Day got diamond eyes" "She sees the truth behind the lies" Echoes from this Guardian Never ring hollow Her emotive words Faintly overheard At the Apollo Reaching Across 110th Street Angel Angel of Harlem, indeed. C.A. BillieHoliday StrangeFruit AbelMeeropol CommodoreRecords SongOfTheCentury GodBlessTheChild AngelOfHarlem U2 LadySingsTheBlues BHM 🎙️👩🏿💐😇🗽

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Joy Division - "The Peel Sessions" • Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Special metallic finish limited edition sleeve . • Released on Strange Fruit in 1987 . • Tracklist: A1 "Love Will Tear Us Apart", A2 "24 Hours", B1 "Colony", B2 "Sound Of Music" joydivision iancurtis neworder johnpeel thepeelsessions 80s newwave album ep albumcover music strangefruit rock postpunk punk rockmusic instavinyl vinyljunkie vinylcollection vinylcommunity vinylclub recordcollection recordcollector vinyloftheday nowspinning nowplaying vinyligclub records record vinyl

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365daysofdragappreciation ~ Day 48 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ Monét X Change 💰 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ “Soak It Up” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ Monét competed in Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 10 in which she placed 6th and was crowned Miss Congenialityand then All Stars 4 which she won! 👑 She was the first joint winner alongside Trinity 🤗 She is known for her comedy, charisma, pussycat wigs, lip-syncs, and sponges 🧽! Monét studied opera at Westminster Choir College; she sings bass. Monét did a Pepsi commercial with Cardi B! Monét has a large drag family; her drag mother is Honey Davenport, her drag sister is Bob The Drag Queen, which means fellow Season 10 contestant Miz Cracker is her drag niece. Monét released a cover of Billie Holiday’s ‘Strange Fruit’ and her first original song ‘Soak it Up’ featuring Bob the Drag Queen and Monique Heart in 2018. She recently revealed a teaser for her debut EP, ‘Unapologetically’, which is set for release on February 22, 2019! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ Follow her: monetxchange ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ monetxchange rupaulsdragraceallstars4 rupaulsdragraceseason10 misscongeniality soakitup honeydavenportofficial iammoniqueheart bobthedragqueen miz_cracker honeydavenport bobthedragqueen mizcracker unapologetically strangefruit billieholiday westminsterchoircollege cardib pepsi moniqueheart

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lynching strangefruit jesus negro Acts 5:30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

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Author and illustrator Joel Christian Gill is back with a second installment in his graphic history collection: “Strange Fruit Vol 2: More Uncelebrated Narratives in Black History. Continuing with the premise of early African American voices and stories, Gill tells the story of Stagecoach Mary Fields, a 6 ft 200lb tough ass who loved baseball and never backed down from a fight (when the Postal Service needed a stagecoach driver for a dangerous route, Mary literally fought to get the job. Other stories include the tale of the piano virtuoso Blind Tom Wiggins, and singing conjoined twins Millie and Christine McCoy. All short, sweetly illustrated tales to inform and diversify our understanding of the Black experience in the United States. A bibliography in he back offers more information, for those who are curious. joelchristiangill bhm2019 BlackHistory Comics graphicnovels strangefruit graphichistory

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from wwwrfcorg StrangeFruit Mention of the Day: 6th on The Guardian's list of greatest banned songs, Billie Holiday's version "was considered so powerful that some US cities banned it, worried it would provoke civil disharmony." StrangeFruitMOTD

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Yesterday, as I readmy heart wept. The REVELATION! 2019 marks 400 years [1619] since the first Africans were stolen and hurled upon American shores like booty, strangefruit. And so began the inhumane, repugnant, barbaric disenfranchisement of African Americans! TODAY, 2 pm, SoulsoftheSoil presents, "This Woman's Work" in honor, in tribute, in reverance, in memoriam of those undercelebrated but iconic African American Women performers and composers without whose sacrifices we would be void of the opportunities to continually share in our blessed gifts and talentsFREELY. To our Mother Ancestors, who sweat and saturated the fields with the blood of freedom, who suffered unspeakable atrocities visited upon their formidable but weathered, leather-tatted bodies only to perish without the dignity fitting the Queens they were, l lift my voice and hands in total praise, to you. "Chant to the higher Dans une langue of saints ole' When discernment is the test And tongues with teeth rake my breast Yana, I sing on this road Take my mind but leave my throne."©~epp Won't you join us? Christiana Maldonado-McMullen, soprano SolomonChapman, piano *LOCATION | Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, Denver, Colorado **FREE, OPEN TO PUBLIC** (reception to follow *donations suggested) ericapapillionposey artist vocalist lyricist songwriter musician blackhistory blackgirlsrock blackgirlmagic blackexcellence HerStory thiswomanswork thinkhigHER resonatehigHER vibratehigHER createhigHER likeLoveMusicmustbemade MusingsfromtheMindofaMezzo

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Made a stop on our way up to the mountains this weekend and this truly made me laugh. TOE Jam (Toe, Orange and Elderberry) and FROG Jam (Fig, Raspberry, Orange & Ginger). So, of course I had to look up “toe” fruit and evidently it’s technically called the “stinking toe” fruit and is the fruit of the West Indian Locust, which is the largest tree in the Caribbean. The fruit is shaped somewhat like a toe and an odor is released when the shell of the pod is broken. Alrighty then!😳 interestingfacts strangefruit healthcoach jamsandjellies foodasmedicine healthyliving selfcare healthylifestyle healthychoices iin holistichealth healthcoaching gettinghealthy nourishyourself liveinspired wellnessblogger wellpreneur mindbodygram holisticliving healthyhappylife wellnessjourney fitforme

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Billie. Not for sale yet. June 27th at thewrightmuseum + jbelgravejazz. Be there or be ⬛️. 24 x 20 in Canvas w/ acrylics. ▫️ ▪️ DM for commissions & pricing if you’d like your own piece. ▫️ ▪️ 🎶: “Strange Fruit” - Billie Holiday; 🎥: me

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Today I was able to produce and present this beautiful piece, strangefruit sung by the unforgettable ninasimone with the talented ayanna.fay (in white skirt) for our high schools blackhistorymonth month assembly. I have always loved lyrical pieces inspired by the great choreographers and dancers of alvinailey and dancetheatreofharlem, so when given the chance to expose our girls to other forms of dance (that we are also good at) I was ecstatic! Through the art of dance our hearts grieved yet were filled with pride and hope as we remembered those who have come before us. I am beyond blessed to have been able to be a part of this display of blackexcellence ailey60inspo

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StrangeFruit Mention of the Day: 6th on The Guardian's list of greatest banned songs, Billie Holiday's version "was considered so powerful that some US cities banned it, worried it would provoke civil disharmony." StrangeFruitMOTD

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"Southern trees bear strange fruit/ Blood on the leaves and blood at the root/ Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze/ Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees." "Strange Fruit," sung by her highness, the illustrious and brilliant Billy Holiday, written by Abel Meeropol. Shakes me to the core. Another on the list of greatest songs ever written. A poem at first and officially released as a single in 1939 on Commodore Records. Certainly, in my mind, the greatest protest song ever written or performed and without a doubt, most definitely relevant today. A painful reminder of our past and a warning for generations to come. Again, the song outlives its conduit (s). However, Lady Day's vocal is so distinct and emotionally charged, that her voice and the tune are inseparable. Her producer and record label refused to record or release the song. She went to another producer, Milt Gabler, and sang the tune a capella for him in his office. Moved to tears, Gabler agreed to record the song with Holiday and release it on his own label, Commodore records, with Frankie Newton's Cafe Society Band and Sonny White. That horn in the beginningunmistakable, beautiful and ominous. A straight up call to bear witness. Wish I knew that horn player's name. Ahmet Ertegun, famed record producer and former head of Atlantic records is reported to have said, "Strange Fruit is a declaration of war" and "the beginning of the civil rights movement." Regarding the song's live performance, the rules were, "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 stood with her eyes closed, as if she were evoking a prayer." Tune. billyholiday ladyday strangefruit songwriter nyc lowereastside rnfnr fuckracism wearethemoors