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THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY
2021, Hulu, USA, Dir: Lee Daniels

The legendary Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, spent much of her career being adored by fans across the globe. Beginning in the 1940s in New York City, the federal government targeted Holiday in a growing effort to escalate and racialize the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial and heart-wrenching ballad, “Strange Fruit.” Led by Oscar nominated director Lee Daniels and introducing Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Andra Day, THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY unapologetically presents the icon’s complicated, irrepressible life. Screenplay Writer Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, pens this intimate tale of a fierce trailblazer whose defiance through music helped usher in the civil rights movement. NAACP Image Award nominee Trevante Rhodes and Emmy nominee Natasha Lyonne co-star along with Garrett Hedlund, Miss Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Evan Ross, Tyler James Williams, Tone Bell and Erik LaRay Harvey.


LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER
2013, The Weinstein Company, 132 min, USA, Dir: Lee Daniels

Forest Whitaker gives one of his finest performances as Cecil Gaines, a White House butler who serves eight consecutive U.S. presidents during a tumultuous period in American history. Director Lee Daniels neatly balances Gaines’ personal story with the broader social implications of the times. With Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Robin Williams and Jane Fonda.


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