It helped make Holiday a star, but it was written by Abel Meeropol, a teacher in the Bronx. An Oscar nomination and a year of protests against racism have kept it in the conversation.
Oscar-nominated performances this season put the emphasis on the trauma, not the artistry, of Billie Holiday and Ma Rainey. The most insightful movie might just be “Soul.”
“It shouldn’t be an uncomfortable idea that it could be all Black women being represented in this space,” said the star, who’s also working on a new album.
Nearly all of the big winners from the evening are available to stream. Here’s a look at where to find them and what The Times first had to say about them.
Lee Daniels’s hectic biopic portrays the singer as a victim of abuse, addiction and government persecution.
There are almost as many interpretations of her short life and enormous legacy as there are books and films about her, including the new biopic starring Andra Day.
Every month, streaming services add a new batch of titles to their libraries. Here are our picks for February.