Amanpour and Company

Why the Govt. Wanted to Silence Billie Holiday

Clip: 02/18/2021 | 17m 42s | Video has closed captioning.

Award-winning director Lee Daniels is best known for films like "The Butler" and the Oscar-winning "Precious." In his latest work he turns his attention to singer Billie Holiday. The film depicts how the jazz legend ended up on the wrong side of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, all because of her song “Strange Fruit,” which the bureau wanted to suppress. Daniels speaks with Michel Martin.

Aired: 02/18/21

Rating: NR

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