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Posts Tagged ‘Billie Holiday’

Kanye West Samples 1930s Protest Poem

In Kayne West‘s challenging and explicit new album, he sampled Nina Simone singing “Strange Fruit”–a song that originated as a 1930s protest poem.

Below, we’ve created a free Spotify playlist linking to West’s song and a collection of covers of “Strange Fruit.” We wrote a little more about the history of the song:

New York City English teacher, poet and activist Abel Meeropol wrote the poem “Strange Fruit” during the Great Depression. The great Billie Holiday ended up recording the song, sharing the dark story about lynchings in America.

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Kids Write Letters to Michelle Obama

826 National hosted a series of writing workshops where the students composed letters to First Lady Michelle Obama. The results have been compiled in I Live Real Close to Where You Used to Live: Kids’ Letters to Michelle Obama (and to Sasha, Malia and Bo). In this article, The New York Times sampled the letters.

McSweeney’s and 826 National will release the $12 book on December 13th. Proceeds will support 826′s numerous writing programs for students around the country.

Here’s more about the book: “No topic is off-limits; the letters deal with issues ranging from immigration and war to Easy-Bake Ovens and dog food. While some of the messages are heartfelt – ‘Please help to stop bullying so the kids can be safe in school’ – and others are hilarious – ‘Who made up the whales?’ – all of the letters are unabashedly honest.”

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Barack Obama Publishes Picture Book

obamakids.jpgPresident Barack Obama‘s picture book, Of Thee I Sing, arrived in bookstores and eBook format today. Random House has also released a promotional video about the book.

Here’s more about the book, from the release: “Obama’s poignant words and Loren Long’s stunning images together capture the promise of childhood and the personalities and achievements of the following Americans: Georgia O’Keeffe, Albert Einstein, Jackie Robinson, Sitting Bull, Billie Holiday, Helen Keller, Maya Lin, Jane Addams, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Neil Armstrong, Cesar Chavez, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.”

President Obama’s attorney, Robert B. Barnett, handled the negotiations for the manuscript back in 2009. Knopf executive editor Michelle Frey edited the book. Children’s book artist Loren Long provided the illustrations.

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