Kinfolk Jill Scott took my breath away with her heart wrenching rendition of Strange Fruit. The song was made popular by Billie Holiday, and sung in protest of the rampant lynchings of Black men in the south in the early 20the century. Scott performed the song at A&E’s Shining The Light concert special, which was created to address racial inequality and violence in America.
This song is still relevant today as we could just replace lynchings with the police killings of unarmed black men on our streets. Take a listen to Jill’s soul stirring performance below:
Listen to Billie Holiday’s version below
Whut say you?