General News United States vs. Billie Holiday Trailer Highlights Racial Inequality
13 January, 2021, 22:14
What really stands out in this trailer is the performance from singer Andra Day who looks perfectly at home as a lead actress and does a remarkable job bringing the troubled life of Billie Day to the big screen.
The United States Vs Billie Holiday, Lee Daniels' biopic centered around jazz icon Billie Holiday's controversial 1947 trial for narcotics possession, was originally supposed to hit theaters in February. The film stars Andra Day stars as Holiday alongside Trevante Rhodes, Natasha Lyonne, Garrett Hedlund, Miss Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Evan Ross, Tyler James Williams, Tone Bell, and Erik LaRay Harvey. It follows jazz singer Billie Holiday, as she grows up during the federal government's war on drugs, which heavily targeted black individuals.
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Disney-owned USA streaming service Hulu has acquired the U.S. rights to director Lee Daniels'Billie Holiday film. Before there was a Civil Rights movement, there was Billie Holiday and 'Strange Fruit.' The government saw that song as a threat and she was a target. "Hulu releasing this film and giving it a platform to be seen nationwide is a blessing, because as recent events reveal, our country has much work to do in fulfilling its promise of a more ideal union", stated Lee Daniels.
"It's a song about important things, you know?" Holiday's song on racial oppression in America would ultimately to be a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement. "That's history and they keep it from us". No clubs, no money, no nothing" - Andra Day " You're like a hammer come right back and it hit harder than before" - Kwasi Songui " She's made something of herself and you can't take it because she's strong, handsome and black" - Trevante Rhodes " I think I'm gonna stop singing that song.