Billie Holiday

'I bims': German Youth Word of the Year 2017

Every year, Germany's dictionary giant Langenscheidt selects the German Youth Word of the Year. In 2017, a new version of "I am" was singled out. …

World News

6 Ways Diana Ross Has Earned Her Gay Icon Status

At this year’s American Music Awards (Nov. 19), Diana Ross will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to music. It …

Music

Fantasia Celebrates 'Christmas After Midnight': First Holiday Album and Tour

As the holiday season fast approaches, Fantasia has already unwrapped a few gifts. The singer not only released her first yuletide album, . The set …

Music

Billie Holiday's Strange Fruit — 'the first unmuted cry against racism' — FT.com

Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit — ‘the first unmuted cry against racism’<p>Kanye West revived interest in the song when he sampled Nina Simone’s recording<p>…

Jazz

Playlist: Don't Explain Billie Holiday

PLAYLIST<br>DON’T EXPLAIN BILLIE HOLIDAY<p>May 17, 2016 | by Ross Eustis<p>Billie Holiday, Downbeat, NYC, February 1947 (William Gottlieb Collection)<p>Billie …

Jazz

Breaking the Glass Humidor: Female Entrepreneurship in a Male-Dominated Industry

Despite there being steps in the right direction, women still face an uphill struggle in terms of proving themselves in industries that are disproportionately male.<p><i>By Rachel Mendler, chief administrative officer of The Veloz Group and Beverly Hills Chairs and President of Custom Tobacco.</i><p>Today's …

Gender

Top 5 Shows of the Week

<b>1. 33 Variations at Colonial Players of Annapolis.</b><p><b>“…’33 Variations’ at The Colonial Players of Annapolis is a masterful work that sparks a wide range</b> …

Jazz

The Best Small Towns on Long Island

*highlimitzz/FlickrPop culture divides Long Islanders into two big groups: suburban kids who ride around in souped-up muscle cars and well-to-do …

Robert E. Lee

Billie Holiday to perform live in Los Angeles 58 years after her death

Billie Holiday has been dead for more than half a century, but she was scheduled to perform in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.<p>The jazz singer is one …

Photojournalism

What’s On: November 2017

Get out and enjoy the best events this November, all over the UK! 9th: Papa L’s Kitchen (London) Bring a friend or a loved one along to the first …

Women of Color

NYC bids good riddance to law that stifled Ray Charles and infuriated Frank Sinatra

In 1957, you could find Frank Sinatra in every nook and cranny of the American entertainment world — in tabloids, on television, larger-then-life in movies, and across the radio dial — but you could not find Ol’ Blue Eyes in a New York City club.<p>That year, the crooner refused to play in New York …

News (U.S.)

Dancing Is No Longer Illegal in New York City Bars

It's a law that punished Billie Holiday and Ray Charles, to name a few.<p>The New York City Council was set to overturn an archaic law that prohibited …

Travel

The Obtuse Début of “The Ingraham Angle”

Congratulations to Laura Ingraham on the début of “The Ingraham Angle,” which Fox News emitted into prime time last night, at ten. There cannot be a better hour than this to commit agitprop on Fox. It is her privilege to seep into the feed immediately after the skillful Sean Hannity has softened up …

Culture

All 33 Songs on the Stranger Things Season 2 Soundtrack Will Flood You With Nostalgia

Consider your Halloween party lucky, because the <b>Stranger Things</b> season two soundtrack is dropping just in time to entertain all of your guests. Like …

Jazz

New York City is reportedly repealing its anti-dancing law

The 91-year-old Cabaret Law prohibits dancing in most of the city’s venues, and unfairly targets marginalised communities<p>New York City’s notorious ‘Cabaret Law’, a 91-year-old rule that prohibits dancing in public venues selling food and drink, might finally be repealed, as the <i>New York Times</i> …

Rights & Freedoms

“We Are Different, Not Defective”: SZA And 9 Other Stars Who’ve Opened Up About Having ADHD

Check out stars speaking about dealing with ADHD both as kids and in some cases, like SZA's, well into adulthood.

ADHD

New York Set to Repeal Antiquated No-Dancing Law

New York is set to repeal a nearly century-old law that forbids dancing in New York City bars. Though NYC thinks of itself as one of the nightlife capitals of the world, the 1926 "Cabaret Law," put into place during Prohibition to prevent speakeasies, technically turns bars and clubs into …

Jazz

Untapped Staff Reads: NYC Cabaret Law To Be Struck Down, the Day the Lights Went Out in Manhattan

<b>If 8th St. Became Jimi Hendrix Way, Would It Get More Crosstown Traffic? [Bedford + Bowery]:</b> The recording studio was among the vibrant mix of clubs, …

Jazz

'Stranger Things': All the Pop Culture References in Season 2

A guide to the sounds, sights, bites and game nights of 'Stranger Things,' all in one place.<p><b>[Warning: This story contains full spoilers for season</b> …

Netflix

Here Are The Big Jams From "Stranger Things 2"

Pardon me while I cry to Cyndi Lauper forever.

Entertainment

Audra McDonald Named Recipient of MIT's 2018 Eugene McDermott Award

The award includes a $100,000 cash prize.<p>Tony, Grammy, and Emmy winner Audra McDonald, who made her West End debut this past summer in <i>Lady Day at</i> …

Award Shows

Please Welcome (Hologram) Billie Holiday to the Stage

3-D avatars of everyone from Andy Kaufman to Whitney Houston could be touring later this year. But can these celebrity body doubles be more than a gimmick?<p>By<p>John Jurgensen<p>John Jurgensen<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@johnjurg<p>jjurgensen<p>John.Jurgensen@wsj.com<p><b>It has been</b> more than five years since a …

Ronnie James Dio

Why Personal Tech Is Depressing

It’s more than Instagram envy. And thanks to our ever-increasing digital dependence, it’s likely to get worse<p>By<p>Dr. Stephen Ilardi<p><b>We live</b> in an era of previously unimaginable luxury. Without leaving our sofas, we can conjure almost any book or film on our phone and enjoy it with exotic cuisine …

Jazz

This Robot Will Handle Your Divorce Free of Charge

A chatbot called DoNotPay has saved motorists millions in parking fines—without charging a cent. Its next target: divorce law.<p>By<p>Elliott Krause<p><b>AS THE SON</b> of a hedge-fund manager and the great-grandson of the former leader of the U.S. Communist Party, Joshua Browder has the mind of a capitalist and …

Chatbots

7. Clear Blue Water

South Coast of Mallorca – October 2016 – October 2017<p>“<i>First the tide rushes in</i> <i><br>Plants a kiss on the shore</i> <i><br>Then rolls out to sea</i> <i><br>And the sea is very</i> …

Open Water Swimming

Jazz in Paris: From Standards to Swing, the Best Clubs in the City

<i>Studio de l’Ermitage</i>If you’re looking for live music in Paris, you’ve got plenty of choices. But the best shows in town are dedicated one of the …

Jazz

The most famous residents of New York City's cemeteries - Curbed NY

New York's celebrity contingent doesn't just occupy swanky Upper East Side mansions and cool downtown lofts; if you head to the outer boroughs, you'll find a plethora of famous New Yorkers who have chosen the city as their home … for eternity.<p>A large number of famous folks are buried in NYC's …

History

Get the Royal Treatment at Royal Sonesta New Orleans

What more is there to ask for than a sprawling, top-tier luxury hotel with premier dining and entertainment venues located right in the heart of the …

Hotels

Mahalia Talks About Her Journey From Unknown Singer To Major Label Recording Artist

This U.K. singer is soon to be on every music blog in the world.

Music

The Women of the Blues: Hear a Playlist of Great Blues Singers, from Bessie Smith & Etta James, to Billie Holiday & Janis Joplin

Everybody gets the blues but not everybody gets the blues the same. Women get some serious blues. Black women get some very serious blues. Bessie …

Music