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.

(billie holiday - strange fruit)

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les-sources-du-nil:

Gillian Wearing
“Homage to the Woman with the bandaged face who I saw yesterday down the street”, 1996

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malformalady:

Postmortem corneal clouding with tache noire. If the eyes remain open after death, the areas of the sclera exposed to the air dry out, which results in a first yellowish, then brownish-blackish band like discoloration zone called tache noire. It is most commonly seen after 7-8 hours after death
thehardknocklife:

lunarynth:

Rapist crucified in Mexico with sign around his neck reading: “This happened to me for being a rapist and it will happen to all the gossipers, snitches, traitors, know this is not a game”

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tonguedepressors:

Topography of a bird, Elliott Coues, “Key to North American Birds”,1872