Billie Holiday Harlem renissance

Billie Holidays real name is Eleanora Fagan. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 7, 1915 and died July 17, 1959. Holiday Known as an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter, also Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and music partner Lester Young. She also Spent most of her childhood in Baltimore, Maryland.
"Don't threaten me with love, baby. Let's just go walking in the rain." "If I'm going to sing like someone else, then I don't need to sing at all." "I never hurt nobody but myself and that's nobody's business but my own."
The Harlem Renaissance, also known as "The Negro Movement", was a name given to the cultural, social, and artistic that took place in Harlem between the end of World War I and the middle of the 1930s. Harlem was a cultural center, drawing black writers, artists, musicians, photographers, poets, and scholars.

At the end of the Civil War, most of African Americans had been enslaved and lived in the South. During the Reconstruction Era, African Americans and freedmen wanted civic participation, political equality, economic and cultural self-determination. In 1875 sixteen blacks had been elected and served in Congress and gave many speeches. The Democratic whites denied African Americans their exercise of civil and political rights by terrorizing black communities with lynch mobs and other forms of violence as well as by instituting a convict labor system that forced many thousands of African Americans back into unpaid labor in mines, on plantations, and on public works projects such as roads and levees.

Music related to the Harlem Renaissance because everyone at this time needed something to lift them up. Many songs at this period were based on a soulful sound something that African Americans possessed.

It was in the early 1900's-1930's in Harlem New York. Many African American people were converging on the cities from different parts of the south after the civil war and a great mix ended up in the Harlem area bringing with them a unique mixture of culture. In this ear they were big on Jazz. Resulting in African American musicians to become known such as Billie Holiday.

Era Of Music there were those whites interested in so-called “primitive” cultures, as many whites viewed black American culture at that time.

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