This new compilation of interviews with Billie Holiday has an introduction by journalist and writer Khanya Mtshali. Listen to my conversation with Ms. Mtshali, as broadcast today on Arts Express radio on WBAI 99.5FM NYC, as she explains why Billie Holiday was not the person you thought she was.
Billie Holiday singing a song about lynching, written in 1936 by Abel Meeropool. Meeropool’s family adopted the two sons of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Michael and Robert, after their parents were executed. In 1990, Robert Meeropol went on to found the Rosenberg Fund for Children, a public foundation which provides support for children in the U.S. whose parents are targeted, progressive activists.