Diana Ross and the Supremes sing “Come See About Me,” “Stop! In The Name Of Love,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “You Keep Me Hanging On" and "I Hear A Symphony" on the Ed Sullivan Show on December 4, 1966.


75 years ago, on this date, Billie Holiday recorded a song that Time Magazine would call song of the century: Strange Fruit, a song written about a lynching in the South. 

Holiday first performed the song at Cafe Society in 1939. She said that singing it made her fearful of retaliation but, because its imagery reminded her of her father, she continued to sing the piece making it a regular part of her live performances. Because of the poignancy of the song, Josephson drew up some rules: Holiday would close with it; the waiters would stop all service in advance; the room would be in darkness except for a spotlight on Holiday’s face; and there would be no encore. During the musical introduction, Holiday would stand with her eyes closed, as if she were evoking a prayer.


lascasartoris:

Easter Sunday (top-bottom)

  1. Harlem 1947 by Henri Cartier Bresson
  2. Harlem 1947 by Henri Cartier Bresson
  3. Harlem 1943 by Weegee
  4. South Side, Chicago 1941 by Russell Lee
  5. South Side, Chicago 1941 by Russell Lee
  6. Harlem 1947 by Henri Cartier Bresson
  7. South Side, Chicago,. 1941 by Edwin Rosskam
  8. Harlem 1940 by Weegee
  9. Harlem 1955 by William Klein
  10. Harlem (W. 117th St. and Seventh Ave) 1939

lostsplendor:

Kenyan woman and chevrotain, Mombasa c. 1909 via imgur.com

fairytalemood:

"Mary Belle and the Mermaid" by Leo and Diane Dillon

Diana Ross shopping in NYC, 1965

colortransparency:

Heading Out For a Night On The Town

Circa 1956
Kodachrome Transparency

lascasartoris:

"Miss Black & Beautiful" London, 1960s by Raphael Albert 

mortuus-lamia:

1. Kiowa Girl, Indian Portrait by Edward Curtis.
2. Spokane Indian woman, ca. 1897
3. Noatak Inuit 1929.
4. hopi girl
5. Lakota
6. Sioux Indian Man by Edward Curtis, 1890s

Pam Grier, 1970s

lascasartoris:

African-American dancer Margot Webb, c1934

satindolls:

"The blues to me is like being very sad, very sick, going to church, being very happy. There’s two kinds of blues: there’s happy blues and then sad blues. I don’t think I’ve ever sang the same way twice, I don’t think I’ve ever sang the same tempo. One night’s a little bit slower, the next night’s a little bit brighter, depends on how I feel. I don’t know, the blues is sort of mixed up thing, you just have to feel it. Everything I do sing is part of my life."

Happy 99th birthday to one of the greatest voices of the 20th century:
Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 - July 17, 1959)

The Supremes c. 1960s (via)

"I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best."

 Frida Kahlo by Nickolas Muray, 1939 (via)