The United States vs Billie Holiday dramatises the racially motivated campaign waged against the singer

  In this new biopic, the director Lee Daniels has followed the example of Lady Sings the Blues by casting an established music star as Holiday.   " data-adaptive-image-768-img="" data-adaptive-image-1024-img="" data-adaptive-image-max-img=""> When Billie Holiday performed “Strange Fruit”, the lament about lynching with which she was closely associated from 1939 onwards, she always did so at the end of her set. No wonder. That charred, chastening song, with its images of “black bodies swingin’ in the Southern breeze”, scorches the air; nothing can follow in its wake except for shame. Nina Simone said it was “about the ugliest song I have ever heard. Ugly in the sense that it is violent and tears at the guts of what white people have done to my people in this country.” In The United States vs Billie Holiday, which dramatises the racially motivated campaign waged against the singer by the US government, the film-makers face the same question of where e .. Full story on newstatesman.com 

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