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    Life wouldn't be life without music today. If we didn't have music the world wouldn't go round and round like it does. Music is our way to escape life and be free from all our problems bills, family and relationships. There are many different type of music but right now I’m going to talk about R&B and jazz. Woman and men could sing jazz or R&B. with the top records at the top of the charts these singers were unbelievable. Billie Holiday and Kelly Rowland are very amazing singers and they manage to succeed through their life even with all the problems they had. Billie Holiday was born on April 15th 1959. Billie’s real name is Eleanora Fagan she changed it because of her idol of Billie Dove. (Biography.com/editors). Billie Holiday’s mother…

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    Symbolism In Strange Fruit, By Billie Holiday

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    though widely and incorrectly believed to have been published in the Marxist publication The New Masses" (Heft 5). Meeropol had graduated from Dewitt Clinton in 1921; he later went on to teach English there for 17 years. He was also a poet and a social activist, Meeropol was disturbed and upset about the continuation of racism in America, and seeing a picture of a lynching put him over the edge. A man named Pelison Who wrote about Meeropol writes "Meeropol once said the photograph "haunted" him…

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    Strange Fruit In the mid 1930’s, a New York teacher by the name Abel Meeropol was stunned by an eerie photograph taken at a lynching on August 7, 1930. The revolting glimpse of the lifeless bodies hanging helplessly on a maple tree was said to “haunt” Meeropol “for days.” The sight disturbed him so much, it led him to write a poem titled, “Strange Fruit” in 1937, which was published and later converted into a song reperformed by Billie Holiday in 1939. “Strange Fruit” was significant to the…

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    Billie Holiday Also known as “Lady Day” and born Eleanora Fagan, Billie Holiday was one of the most prolific jazz singers of her time and also made a significant contribution to the civil rights movement occurring during her life. She is widely regarded as a unique and important figure in the in the jazz community and has relevance even 50 years after her death. GROWING UP: Billie Holiday was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1915 to Sarah Fagan and Clarence Holiday. She had a very tough…

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    Billie Holiday Thesis

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    Who truly is the best American? It’s surely a tough question to answer, considering there’s so much debate about the topic, but I feel compelled to say Billie Holiday. First of all, Holiday made a plethora of contributions to society and the way we look at each other. She was a fascinating black role model despite her flaws and an abundance of vices. Her stance on prohibition also aided in it being repealed. She expressed her disdain for racism boldly with her music. In addition to these…

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    When I first heard Billie Holiday sing Strange Fruit, I was immediately saddened by her tone. It instantly gripped my attention because she started the song off referring to a “strange fruit.” This reference automatically made me listen closely to see what “fruit” she was speaking of. The next line talked about blood on the trees’ leaves and roots which instantly stirred up feeling of sadness. This song describes the lynching of African Americans in the South. I asked myself, what could a man…

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    death of singer Billie Holiday. This poem is unlike most in that it lacks figurative language throughout. O’Hara’s poem uses what seems almost like a bulletin, with every one of his actions being listed. He includes every detail of his day from the time he completed an action up to the people he interacted with along the way. On the surface, all of these things seem to be unrelated to the death of Holiday seeing as that her death itself is not mentioned until the last stanza of the poem.…

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    “Southern trees bear strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root.” this is an excerpt from the poem “Strange Fruit”. In this poem, the main point that the authors, Billie Holiday and Abel Meeropol, wrote about is the “strange fruit” which is actually a metaphor. The metaphor is comparing the fruit and slaves, and how they were hung from trees during the pre-Civil Rights times. Along with the metaphors, the literary devices that the author Billie Holiday uses in the poem “Strange…

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    The Strangest Fruit “Strange fruit hangin’ from the poplar trees… The bulgin’ eyes and the twisted mouth… the sudden smell of burnin’ flesh” (Meeropol). The poem “Strange Fruit” was written by Abel Meeropol and published in 1937 was a poem that not only disturbed many, but made them realize the appalling actions of the whites encouraging to lynch many blacks on August 7, 1930. After the poem was published on April 20,1930, it was soon sung by famous singer Billie Holiday who originally…

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    this song has. Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915- July 17, 1959) was a professional jazz singer. Holiday had a huge influence on jazz music. She was mainly known and recognized for her amazing voice and ability to improvise her lyrics while on stage during performances. Holiday began…

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