Continue reading.... reported: British singer Rebecca Ferguson had agreed to perform at Trump’s inauguration. But she wanted to sing “Strange Fruit”, a song written in the 1930s in protest of lynching and racism, famously performed by Billie Holiday

The song includes lyrics like, “Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze, Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.” But when the Trump team chose another song for her to sing, Ferguson pulled out of the inauguration performance.

Ferguson released a statement about the decision. “Due to circumstances beyond my control concerning the offer to perform at the Inauguration Concert, I was thrown into the middle of a political arena last week,” she said. “I wasn’t comfortable with the song choice made on my behalf, and although I’m very blessed to have a gift that gives me amazing opportunities, as a mother and an artist, I had to defend my stance.

That is why I made the decision to sing Strange Fruit when I was invited.” (Continue reading next page)

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