• white people: I wish I lived in the forties! Everything was so much COOLER back then, you know?
  • Japanese people: nope
  • Thai people: nope
  • Black people: nope
  • Latin people: nope
  • Cuban people: nope
  • Native people: nope
  • Korean people: nope
  • Desi people: nope
  • Arab people: nope
  • Queer people: nope
  • Vietnamese people: nope
  • Chinese people: nope
  • Physically/Mentally/Neurologically disabled people: nope
  • Jewish people: nope
  • Romani people: nope

75 years ago, on this date, Billie Holiday recorded a song that Time Magazine would call song of the century: Strange Fruit, a song written about a lynching in the South. 

Holiday first performed the song at Cafe Society in 1939. She said that singing it made her fearful of retaliation but, because its imagery reminded her of her father, she continued to sing the piece making it a regular part of her live performances. Because of the poignancy of the song, Josephson drew up some rules: Holiday would close with it; the waiters would stop all service in advance; the room would be in darkness except for a spotlight on Holiday’s face; and there would be no encore. During the musical introduction, Holiday would stand with her eyes closed, as if she were evoking a prayer.

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callherhoney:

Thanks, Bernie. 💙

callherhoney:

Thanks, Bernie. 💙

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decolonizehistory:

rubin “hurricane” carter (1937 - 2014)

decolonizehistory:

rubin “hurricane” carter (1937 - 2014)

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lascasartoris:

Easter Sunday (top-bottom)

  1. Harlem 1947 by Henri Cartier Bresson
  2. Harlem 1947 by Henri Cartier Bresson
  3. Harlem 1943 by Weegee
  4. South Side, Chicago 1941 by Russell Lee
  5. South Side, Chicago 1941 by Russell Lee
  6. Harlem 1947 by Henri Cartier Bresson
  7. South Side, Chicago,. 1941 by Edwin Rosskam
  8. Harlem 1940 by Weegee
  9. Harlem 1955 by William Klein
  10. Harlem (W. 117th St. and Seventh Ave) 1939

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blackhistoryalbum:

Lonette McKee + Gregory Hines | 1984Publicity still from the movie Cotton Club

blackhistoryalbum:

Lonette McKee + Gregory Hines | 1984

Publicity still from the movie Cotton Club

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kx5991:

RIP, Gabriel García Márquez — April 17, 2014.

kx5991:

RIP, Gabriel García Márquez — April 17, 2014.

suicideblonde:

Solange

suicideblonde:

Solange

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lostinurbanism:

nomadicphoto:

“I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning… Every day I find something creative to do with my life.”

-Miles Davis

Black by Deborah Willis is a personal favorite..

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definitionpurity:

Currently// Mo’ Better Blues (1990) 

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"Seems like whatever I do,
it’s not enough for you.
I paid the cost and gave you my all
but you still want more.
I’m still standing right here,
but it seems so unfair,
That I sacrifice
and give you my life,
but you still want more."

— Little Brother (via old-school-shit)