In a wide-ranging chat with friend James Corden, Harry opened up about his relationship with Meghan, their son Archie, the Queen – and even rapped the theme tune to The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air outside the mansion where it was filmed.
Prince Harry today insisted that he will “never walk away” from the royal family and he did “what any husband or father would do” by emigrating to America.
Now that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are settled into Southern California, James Corden thought it was time to show his friend Prince Harry the sights.
From tea on an open top bus to visiting the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” mansion, Prince Harry gets the tour he never dreamed of. Special thanks to Spartan for providing an incredible Spartan Race Obstacle Course to run.
There’s a new movin coming out soon. It’s called ‘The United States vs Billie Holiday‘. I saw a TV show where the director, Lee Daniels, was talking about his project. Billie Holiday was very well known as an amazing, unique American jazz singer. There’s a side to her which this new movie addresses – she was a civil rights activist.
In view of the times that, as a nation,we are collectively living, this topic is in the forefront. I started looking for the ‘Strange Fruit‘ song and found this.
The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on February 26, 2021, on Hulu.
In March 1939, a 23-year-old Billie Holiday walked up to the mic at West 4th’s Cafe Society in New York City to sing her final song of the night.
Per her request, the waiters stopped serving and the room went completely black, save for a spotlight on her face. And then she sang, softly in her raw and emotional voice:
“Southern trees bear a strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black body swinging in the Southern breeze, Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees …”
When Holiday finished, the spotlight turned off. When the lights came back on, the stage was empty. She was gone. And per her request, there was no encore. This was how Holiday performed “Strange Fruit,” which she would determinedly sing for the next 20 years until her untimely death at the age of 44.
Holiday may have popularized “Strange Fruit” and turned it into a work of art, but it was a Jewish communist teacher and civil rights activist from the Bronx, Abel Meeropol, who wrote it, first as a poem, then later as a song.
His inspiration? Meeropol came across a 1930 photo that captured the lynching of two Black men in Indiana. The visceral image haunted him for days and prompted him to put pen to paper.
While civil rights activists and Black America embraced “Strange Fruit“, the nightclub scene, which was primarily composed of white patrons, had mixed reactions. At witnessing Holiday’s performance, audience members would applaud until their hands hurt, while those less sympathetic would bitterly walk out the door.
When Harry Anslinger, Federal Bureau of Narcotics commissioner, forbid Holiday to perform “Strange Fruit,” she refused, causing him to devise a plan to destroy her. Knowing that Holiday was a drug user, he had some of his men frame her by selling her heroin. When she was caught using the drug, she was thrown into prison for the next year and a half.
Despite her tragic demise, Holiday has a lasting legacy in the world of jazz and pop music. She garnered 23 Grammys posthumously and was recently inducted into the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.
Activist and poet Amanda Gorman, who was the country’s first ever National Youth Poet Laureate, recited an original poem before Sunday’s Super Bowl game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Gorman’s poem, “Chorus of the Captains“, celebrated and introduced the three honorary captains – Pittsburgh-based Marine veteran James Martin, who volunteers with the Wounded Warrior Project and works with at-risk kids, Los Angeles educator Trimaine Davis and Tampa ICU nurse manager Suzie Dorner – who were specially invited to the game by the NFL.