Billie Holiday was one of the most controversial and influential artists of her time. On April 7, 1915, Holiday was born to a teenaged mother and an estranged father. So, early in her life, she faced challenges. At ten or eleven years old, she was reportedly sexually assaulted, according to Biography.com. They added that, “she found solace in music, singing along to the records of Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong.”
After following her mother to New York City, she began singing in night clubs, where she would be discovered at 18 years old. This set the stage for a promising career. In 1937, she joined Count Basie’s band with Lester Young, whom she affectionately dubbed “Prez” because she saw him as the President of the saxophone, Biography.com wrote.
She went on to join Artie Shaw’s band. As a member of the band, Holiday faced racial discrimination from white promoters who did not want to see a Black woman perform.
Yet, this did not stop Holiday.
Almost a year ago, the world changed. On March 10, 2020, the World Health Organization declared that COVID-19 was a pandemic. Afterward, industries had to shift to online work, which posed many challenges, from in-home distractions to internet issues. Given these challenges, many sectors had to change the way they conduct business.
One of these was education.
Take a peek inside our Quarantine Issue.
What happens when the Hinge swipes get tiresome? Do you just curl up in a ball, or do you look intrinsically and see the option right in front of you? That's how Javanna and Cliff's story started. Friends for nearly a year before becoming romantically linked, the couple walks viewers through their new relationship. This video, which is part of the Black History Month issue of our magazine, is a means of celebrating Black Love in honor of Valentine's Day also being this month. To see the full video, watch here! ~ℝ
Multi-award winning actress Cicely Tyson devoted her life to portraying strong Black women on stage and screen. The esteemed actress began her career as a model inEbony magazine and became a first-time author in 2021. Tyson’s memoir, “Just As I Am”, was published on January 26, just days before she passed away on January 28, 2021. Of Caribbean decent, Tyson was born in Harlem, N.Y. on December 19, 1924 and died at the age of 96.
While promoting her book, the 5’ foot 3’’ icon said:
I am a woman
Cicely Tyson, Author; Actress; Activist
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