Pop Star Rebecca To Sing At Trump Inauguration Under One Condition

Pop Star Rebecca To Sing At Trump Inauguration Under One Condition
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British pop singer Rebecca Ferguson states that she has been invited to perform at controversial U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration if he allows her to sing protest song Strange Fruit, a song protesting racism in 1930s America, made famous by Billie Holiday.

“Strange Fruit” was first written as a poem titled “Bitter Fruit” in 1937. The poem was inspired by a gruesome photograph of two black men’s corpses hanging from a tree taken by Lawrence Beitler that captured the 1930 lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Marion, Indiana.

In a statement posted to the singer’s Twitter account on Monday Ferguson said: “I’ve been asked and this is my answer. If you allow me to sing “strange fruit” a song that has huge historical importance, a song that was blacklisted in the United States for being too controversial. A song that speaks to all the disregarded and down trodden black people in the United States. A song that is a reminder of how love is the only thing that will conquer all the hatred in this world, then I will graciously accept your invitation and see you in Washington. Best Rebecca X”

 

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