Ma Rainey was an unapologetic icon and, even decades after her passing, she continues to pave the way for Black expression.
‘Strange Fruit,’ covered countless times, has become an influential rallying cry passed down through generations.
We tapped a host of change agents to discuss the powerful link between women, music, and socio-political movements.
This classic song found Nina Simone highlighting Black happiness and optimism in the face of the tumult and turmoil happening outside her window.
While much of 1965’s ‘Pastel Blues’ is sonically subdued, the album’s 10-minute grand finale is a tour de force.