Screenshot of black and white footage of Billie Holiday singing "Strange Fruit"

Jul 11, 2022

A new #StrangeFruitMOTD courtesy of NBC's recent video clip celebrating Black Music History month. The clip highlights Billie Holiday and her performance of "Strange Fruit," originally a poem by Abel… Read More
NBT's CEO Sade Lythcott (bottom center) and Artistic Director Jonathan McCrory (top left) join WBGO Journal host Doug Doyle

Jul 06, 2022

This exciting news & programming from the National Black Theatre in Harlem is today’s #StrangeFruitMOTD and comes to us via “These are exciting times for the National Black Theatre in… Read More
Off With Their Heads | Hand In Glove, 2022, Chromogenic print. The artist (Genevieve Gaignard) poses for the artwork.

Jun 06, 2022

Today's #StrangeFruitMOTD comes from Genevieve Gaignard's solo exhibition, "Strange Fruit," for Los Angeles Vielmetter, "a collection of pieces which agitate against the historical and modern-day… Read More
Tonya Pinkins performing "Strange Fruit, Revisited" in a recording studio behind the microphone

May 26, 2022

Today's #StrangeFruitMOTD is a haunting reimagining of Abel Meeropol's anti-lynching song, "Strange Fruit." Tony award winner Tonya Pinkins delivers a powerful performance of "Strange Fruit,… Read More
Tank and the Bangas performing. A close-up of lead singer Tarriona “Tank” Ball at the microphone.

May 16, 2022

Today's #StrangeFruitMOTD comes from Tank and The Bangas' song, “Stolen Fruit,” which they released ahead of their latest album, "Red Balloon." The song is a commentary on slavery in the U.S. and… Read More
The violinist Jennifer Koh and the bass-baritone Davóne Tines, who collaborated on the performance project “Everything Rises,” pose together for a photo. Koh stands to the left of frame with her arms on her hips, and Tines stands neutrally on the right facing center.

Apr 21, 2022

#StrangeFruitMOTD: Violinist Jennifer Koh and singer Davóne Tines recently premiered their collaboration, a multimedia show “Everything Rises,” which is "an hourlong work that [the pair] have been… Read More
Douglas Mills Jr. stands for his audition in Austin, TX for American Idol against a brightly lit stage with the show's logo.Today's #StrangeFruitMOTD comes from Austin, TX where a Houston native high school student, Douglas Mills, Jr. auditioned for this season of American Idol with a powerful rendition of "Strange Fruit."  The song, written by Abel Meeropol and made famous by Billie Holiday, protests lynchings of Black Americans and is a staple of the civil rights movement. The emotio (ABC/Eric McCandless)

Apr 07, 2022

Today's #StrangeFruitMOTD comes from Austin, TX where a Houston native high school student, Douglas Mills, Jr. auditioned for this season of American Idol with a powerful rendition of "Strange Fruit…
Andra Day as Billie Holiday in "The United States vs. Billie Holiday." Credit: Takashi Seida

Apr 04, 2022

Strange Fruit Mention of the Day: Congratulations to the hugely talented Andra Day for her Grammy win last night for "United States vs. Billie Holiday" in the "best compilation soundtrack for visual… Read More
Black and white photo of Nina Simone smiling, close-up on her face.

Apr 01, 2022

Today’s #StrangeFruitMOTD is a haunting, a cappella rendition of Nina Simone's cover of the protest song originally made famous by Billie Holiday – "Strange Fruit." The stripped-down track allows the… Read More
Iconic Uptown Charlotte "Strange Fruit" mural, at Spirit Square near the corner of North Tryon and East 7th Streets in Uptown.

Mar 14, 2022

This #StrangeFruitMOTD highlights “Dammit Wesley,” a visual artist from Charlotte, NC. “One of his most iconic murals ... named ‘Strange Fruit’ is a nod to the words from the songs [popularized] by… Read More
Billy Keane and Wanda Houston record their original song, “It's About More,” at The Guthrie Center in Great Barrington.

Mar 03, 2022

This Strange Fruit MOTD comes from Pittsfield, MA where the Black Legacy Project, a national initiative to foster racial unity, will premiere on March 6.
Nile Alicia Ruff and Davione Gordon, center, with members of Spectrum Dance Theater, perform in “Strange Fruit” at the Peak Performances series at Montclair State University.

Mar 02, 2022

This visceral, deeply upsetting #StrangeFruitMOTD features a dance/theater piece by Donald Byrd’s Seattle-based Spectrum Dance Theater currently in production at Montclair State University in NJ.
Still-frame from the "Strange Fruit" video by the SALT Project. A close up of one of the narrators at the microphone.

Feb 28, 2022

This video from SALT was produced in 2014 to honor the 75th anniversary of Billie Holiday's first recording of "Strange Fruit." The narrators take a faith-based/religious lens, which we think is… Read More
Singer Nina Simone

Feb 24, 2022

One day after her birthday, another Nina Simone-focused Strange Fruit Mention of the Day highlights her “five greatest isolated vocals”: “Billie Holiday is the artist...most intrinsically linked with… Read More
A framed, black and white photo of Billie Holiday hangs on a dark wall alongside musical memorabilia: a blues guitar, a saxophone, and a drum.

Feb 17, 2022

#StrangeFruit Mention of the Day: A news segment discusses the origin of the anti-lynching protest song, "Strange Fruit," written by Abel Meeropol and performed by Billie Holiday. The segment… Read More
a black and white photo, Abel Meeropol with his sons Robert and Michael as young children playing with a model train set on the floor.

Feb 14, 2022

#OnThisDay, February 14, 1910 Abel Meeropol was born. He was a teacher and a poet, most famous for writing the anti-lynching poem, "Bitter Fruit," which he would later adapt to music and retitle as… Read More
Designed image with a screenshot of the video thumbnail image from the "you can say that again, billie" episode webpage, including a close-up, black and white photo of Billie Holiday singing in front of a microphone; the white play button is visible over the photo. The background of the image is teal with the multicolored Poetry in America logo in the top left. Top right, in white font reads, "Episode available now at," and at the bottom center are two lines of text in white font outline

Feb 11, 2022

The PBS series Poetry In America devoted their latest episode to a poem entitled "you can say that again, billie" by Evie Shockley, inspired by the anti-lynching song "Strange Fruit," written by Abel… Read More
A photo of rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy on stage, wearing a black t-shirt and a black cap. He holds a microphone in his right hand close to his face. Stage lights flash behind him against a black backdrop.

Feb 10, 2022

Strange Fruit Mention of the Day // Chuck D, frontman for Public Enemy and RFC Advisory Board member, collaborated with Audible to create "Songs That Shook the Planet" about Black protest songs,… Read More