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  • Trailer: Billie Was a Black Woman

    Mar 8 2021

    Billie Was a Black Woman is a four-part podcast series that refracts Black womanhood through the prism of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday - widely considered to be one of the most innovative artists of all time. In partnership with the Lee Daniels film, The United States vs. Billie Holiday, in each episode acclaimed host and writer Rebecca Carroll dives into different facets of Billie’s life and legacy, exploring what it means to defy the narrow categorizations thrust upon Black artists, Black bodies, and Black women today.

    The full series will release on April 7, 2021.

    Billie Was a Black Woman was produced by Spoke Media in coordination with Paramount Audio. 

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  • Episode 1: Andra & Billie

    Apr 7 2021

    Jazz legend Billie Holiday meant a lot of things to a lot of people. But at the end of the day, Billie was a Black woman. Academy Award nominated actress and Grammy-award winning singer Andra Day, who plays the iconic songstress in the film The United States vs. Billie Holiday, talks with host Rebecca Carroll about what it was like to inhabit Billie’s universe, the power of her most famous song “Strange Fruit,” and the fullness of her complicated humanity. 

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    33 mins
  • Episode 2: Music as Salvation

    Apr 7 2021
    For Billie Holiday, music extended far beyond the performance - it was who she was, what she became, and how she navigated an often hostile world. Host Rebecca Carroll sits down with multi-platinum recording artist Mariah Carey to discuss her deep affinity with Billie, and with The United States vs. Billie Holiday director Lee Daniels about the responsibility of bringing the singer’s story to life.
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    23 mins

About the Creator, Writer, and Host

Rebecca Carroll is a writer, creative consultant, editor-at-large, and host of the podcast Come Through with Rebecca Carroll: 15 essential conversations about race in a pivotal year for America (WNYC Studios). Most recently, she was a cultural critic at WNYC, where she also developed a broad array of multi-platform content, and a critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Essence, the Guardian and New York Magazine, among numerous other publications, and she is the author of several books about race in America, including the award-winning Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America. Her latest book, Surviving the White Gaze: A Memoir, was published this month, and has been optioned by MGM Studios and Killer Films with Rebecca attached to adapt and executive produce for TV.

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Very Deep!

Very insightful interview. It makes me really want to see this movie! Also the sultry voice of Andra speaking so eloquently about the history and the present day social issues was just amazing to listen to.

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Wonderful overview of the great Billie Holiday!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this especially on Billie's birthday. It lenses so much to who she truly was. She has always been a favorite of mine. Thank you!

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absolutely fabulous and enlightening!

this podcast had me riveted and hanging on the edge of my seat. I wanted to know more and more about the artist, The Legend, Lady Day! I cannot wait to see the United State versus Billie Holiday

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eye opening

I liked this podcast and am looking forward to viewing the movie.
I was aware of Billie Holiday but this perspective on her life and career made me see her in a different way.

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Absolutely great 💯% 😉💖👍🏾

Everyone did a wonderful job on giving their experience 2 Billie❗ Even the narrative was awesome 👌❗

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