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Lady Sings the Blues - Classic Movies & Television Tags: classic movies television lady sings blues word life production new quality entertainment featured blog

Lady Sings the Blues is a 1972 American biographical drama film directed by Sidney J. Furie about jazz singer Billie Holiday loosely based on her 1956 autobiography which, in turn, took its title from one of Holiday's most popular songs. It was produced by Motown Productions for Paramount Pictures. Diana Ross portrayed Holiday, alongside a cast including Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan, and Scatman Crothers.

In 1936, New York City, Billie Holiday is arrested on a drugs charge.

In a flashback to 1928, Billie is working as a housekeeper in a brothel where she is raped. Sheruns away to her mother, who sets up a job cleaning for another brothel in the Harlem section of New York. The brothel is run by an arrogant, selfish owner who pays Billie very little money.

Eventually, Billie tires of scrubbing floors and becomes a prostitute but later quits and returns to a nightclub to unsuccessfully audition to become a showgirl. After "Piano Man" (Richard Pryor) accompanies Billie "All of Me", Jerry, the club owner, books her as a singer in the show.

Billie's debut is unsuccessful. Louis McKay (Billy Dee Williams), arrives for her debut and gives her a fifty dollar tip. Billie takes the money and sings "Them There Eyes". Billie takes a liking to Louis and begins a relationship with him. Eventually she is discovered by two men: Harry and Reg Hanley, who sign her as a soloist for their southern tour in hopes of landing a radio network gig. During the tour, Billie witnesses the aftermath of the lynching of an African-American man, which presses her to record the controversial song "Strange Fruit". The harsh experiences on the tour result in Billie taking drugs which Harry supplies. One night when Billie is performing, Louis comes to see Billie. He knows that she is doing drugs and tells her she is going home with him. Billie promises to stay off the drugs if Louis stays with her.

In New York, Reg and Louis arrange Billie's radio debut, but the station does not call her to sing; the radio sponsors, a soap company, object to her race. The group heads to Cafe Manhattan to drown their sorrows. Billie has too much to drink and asks Harry for drugs, saying that she does not want her family to know that the radio show upset her. He refuses and she throws her drink in his face. She is ready to leave, but Louis has arranged for her to sing at the Cafe, a club where she once aspired to sing. She obliges with one song but refuses an encore, leaving the club in urgent need of a fix. Louis, suspicious that Billie has broken her promise, takes her back to his home but refuses to allow her access to the bathroom or her kit. She fights Louis for it, pulling a razor on him. Louis leaves her to shoot up, telling her he does not want her there when he returns.

Billie returns to the Harlem nightclub, where her drug use intensifies until she hears of the death of her mother. Billie checks herself into a drug clinic, but because she cannot afford her treatment the hospital secretly calls Louis, who comes to see her and agrees to pay her bills without her knowledge. Impressed with the initiative she has taken to straighten herself out, Louis proposes to her at the hospital. Just as things are looking up, Billie is arrested for possession of narcotics and removed from the clinic.

In prison, Billie goes through crippling withdrawal. Louis brings the doctor from the hospital to treat her, but she is incoherent. He puts a ring on her finger to remind her of his promise to marry her. When she finishes her prison sentence, Billie returns home and tells her friends that she does not want to sing anymore. Billie marries Louis and pledges not to continue her career, but the lure of performing is too strong and she returns to singing with Louis as her manager. Unfortunately, her felony conviction has stripped her of her Cabaret Card, which would allow her to sing in NYC nightclubs. To restore public confidence and regain her license, Billie agrees to a cross-country tour. Billie's career takes off on the nightclub circuit.

Louis leaves for New York to arrange a comeback performance for Billie at Carnegie Hall. Despondent at Louis' absence and the never-ending stream of venues, Billie asks Piano Man to pawn the ring Louis gave her in exchange for drugs. While they are high that evening, Piano Man's drug connections arrive; he neither pawned the ring nor paid for the drugs. Piano Man is killed by the dealers. Within the hour, Louis and her promoter call Billie with news that they got Carnegie Hall. Louis returns to find a very fragile Billie who is traumatized and has fallen back into drugs. Louis takes her back to New York.

Billie plays to a packed house at Carnegie Hall. Her encore, "God Bless the Child", is overlaid with newspaper clippings highlighting subsequent events: the concert fails to sway the Commission to restore her license; subsequent appeals are denied; she is later re-arrested on drug charges and finally dies when she is 44. Nevertheless, the Carnegie triumph is frozen in time.

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SIMPLY BATAYAH SINGS Tags: batayah sings underground music word life production underground network

BATAYAH, like her name is a very unique, gifted and anointed singer, songwriter, composer and producer. She began singing at the tender age of 4 years old, in her home church choir and she has been singing every since. She has sang every genre of music from rock and roll, country, folk and classical in school choirs and musical plays, to r&b, funk, neo-soul, big band and her roots, which is gospel, at home, in groups, church choirs, quartets and as a soloist.

BATAYAH has written a variety of songs and her talent and ability to write and arrange songs is displayed in her previous self titled project “BATAYAH – Daughter of Yahweh” and in her new project entitled “Simply BATAYAH”. The songs are a mixture of R&B, Soul, Gospel, Funk, Inspiration and Jazz, which truly highlight’s BATAYAH’s true musical talents. Her music is so beautiful, unique and meaningful that you will find answers to questions that you didn’t know you had, as well as be filled with a joy that you won't be able to describe because BATAYAH’s music praises, tells the truth, jams, uplifts, fulfills and entertains, all at the same time.

BATAYAH was born to a family of 5, with determined and hardworking parents, who struggled to put all of their children through Private School, so that all of the children (BATAYAH and her siblings), would know how to lean on the Heavenly Father, through all situations with prayer, his word, in the Holy Bible and his songs of praise and thanksgiving.

After graduating from High-school, BATAYAH went to college in Georgia and received two degrees a Bachelor of Science (BS) and an MBA. She also served as an Officer in the US Armed Forces and became the praise and worship leader on post and in local churches, during war and peacetime, in and out of the country, for post chaplain's and local church pastors after she was overheard singing.

BATAYAH is married with a son and is truly humbled and thankful for her family and her anointed gift.

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