In her moving acceptance speech, Day saluted “the amazing, transformative, dynamic Billie Holiday [who] transformed me with this role and her presence and her spirit.”
The film, The United States vs. Billie Holiday, dives deep into Holiday’s role in the Civil Rights movement, when her 1939 song about lynching, “Strange Fruit,” made her a target of the FBI in a growing effort to racialize the war on drugs.
If you want to watch the new Golden Globe winner navigate the world of the late legendary jazz icon, you can watch The United States vs. Billie Holiday on Hulu here with a subscription, or with a 30-day free trial when you sign up.
Holiday’s wildly honest autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues, adds an additional layer, moving through the chanteuse’s difficult Baltimore upbringing in which she ran errands at a whorehouse in exchange for the chance to listen to Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith albums to her thriving music career — touching on the devastating racism Holiday experienced and the heroin addiction that ended her life too soon.
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