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Andra Day Becomes the Second Black Woman to Ever Win Best Actress in a Drama at the Golden Globes

by Talia M.
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Andra Day wins the Golden Globe for best actress in a motion picture, drama, for “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”

Day becomes the second black woman to ever win the Golden Globe for that award in history. The first and only other winner was Whoopi Goldberg for The Color Purple in 1986.

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 1940’s 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.”

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.


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