The Legacy of Strange Fruit

Like many of my classmates, I vividly remember the first time I heard “Strange Fruit.” I was in seventh grade, and it was at a school assembly in which students reenacted pivotal moments from the Civil Rights Movement (my school at the time was primarily black and went all the way up to twelfth grade). […]

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Strange Resistance

Southern trees bear a strange fruit Blood on the leaves and blood at the root Black bodies swingin’ in the Southern breeze Strange fruit hangin’ from the poplar trees – “Strange Fruit” [1] The first time I heard “Strange Fruit”, a song popularized by legendary jazz songstress Billie Holiday, I was transfixed.  Lulled by the […]

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An Introduction to the Blues

An Introduction to the Blues By Meghan Evans I remember the night it happened. My cell phone rang. My mother was on the other end, “It’s time.” At the hospice home, I sat there holding my mother and stared in awe at my grandfather opposite me. He sat next to his beloved wife, holding her […]

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“Cuz if you liked it then you should have put a ring on it”

In reading Angela Davis’s fascinating account of female empowerment through blues in Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday, I had to wonder…what is the current state of African American, female-driven songs? After doing a little research, which by no means is inclusive or in any way scientific (i.e. […]

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