Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit: The Haunting Tale of Lynching in America

From Wikipedia: “Strange Fruit” is a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday, who first sang and recorded it in 1939. Written by teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem and published in 1937, it protested American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans. Such lynchings had reached a peak in the South at the turn of the century, but continued there and in other regions of the United States. The great majority of victims were black.[2] The song’s lyrics are an extended metaphor linking a tree’s fruit with lynching victims.[3] Meeropol set it to music and, with his wife and the singer Laura Duncan, performed it as a protest song in New York City venues in the late 1930s, including Madison Square Garden.

On April 20, 2018, I had the distinct honor of presenting, for the first time in known history, an audio-visual presentation of ‘Strange Fruit’ at the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, Saint Petersburg, FL. The event was in honor of  African American Women’s month. I am very proud of this work and hope to one day see it in mass production. Join me in spreading love, unity and enlightenment to help eradicate the practice of racism. www.racewithoutism.com

Strange Fruit "The Reveal"

“And so it came to pass in fields and public squares the vicious slaughter of chattel, complete with fanfare and spectacle, just like the Fourth of July. These extremely peculiar executions were organized and conducted by hate-filled mobs to ‘keep them in their place’ lest they dare to rise with demands for freedom and equality. Americans of all races must come together in love and peace to have bravely open and unflinchingly honest conversations about the grotesque history of lynching to include the demonic presence of racism that continues to fester in our great nation. Join the movement: #racewithoutism”…Visuals by Torrance Tanto ReedVocals by Siobhan MoniqueTrumpet played by Cesar LopezPiano played by Alonzo BickersRecorded at Executive Sound Studios

Posted by Siobhan Monique: MoniQnation on Wednesday, June 6, 2018



Perseverance and Patience

Perseverance and Patience

What does it take to successfully achieve goals related to your craft? Perhaps the greatest characteristic is perseverance followed closely by patience.

I am a classically trained singer who likes to dabble with fusing the jazz and neo-soul genres. There are lots of singers in the world, all with varied degrees of formal and God-given talent. The music industry is very crowded; therefore, for a singing artist to really stand out, they must not only have a good-to-great voice, they must have the ‘it’ thing that is difficult to qualify because it is organic and subject to widely differing interpretation. It is for these dynamic and often times subjective reasons that PERSEVERANCE and PATIENCE become essential… meaning not OPTIONAL!

Every day, I practice perseverance and patience to remain focused, driven, and hopeful. For any artist in any discipline, time can seem to stand still even when there is constant momentum toward the ultimate goal: SUCCESS in the public space. Having the great opportunity and fortune to blog about my personal experiences and feelings helps me keep my eye on the prize that one day I am certain I will claim.

Having a ‘roadmap’ to success is also helpful to keeping my focus. I found this guidance on the internet. Perhaps it can be applied to your craft as well!

8 Steps to becoming a singer

  1. Believe in yourself and your dream. You must focus on this from the get go. …
  2. Improve your singing. …
  3. Sing as much as possible. …
  4. Have a “go to” song. …
  5. Learn To Embrace Rejection & Criticism. …
  6. Network with people that are doing better than you. …
  7. Set achievable Goals. …
  8. Get your first paid work.

Love, Unity and Enlightenment

Love, Unity and Enlightenment

In June, 2018, I joined a new 501(c)3 nonprofit organization called RaceWithoutIsm, Inc as the Official Spokesperson. RaceWithoutIsm (RWI) was formed to address social ills, specifically racism with ancillary focus on diversity and inclusion. The mission and concept of RWI fit snugly with my desire to promote love, unity and enlightenment through my craft; a perfect fit for my platform!

Love is essential in this world. It is illusive and often times emotionally challenging. Yet when we truly care for others, whether we fall ‘in love’ or love in a platonic sense, love is one of the greatest joys we as human beings can ever experience. Love transcends biases. Love has no color. Love builds character. Love feeds humanity. I like to make sure to distinguish ‘love’ from ‘like.’ As we live and grow, it is highly likely that we will encounter people we come to love; however, we may not necessarily like them due to their consistently demonstrated behaviors that are in conflict with our morals, values, and beliefs. Like is judgmental, love is not.

Unity requires collaboration with others who may not look like us but are like-minded across a variety of topics. I focus on promoting unity among all mankind, regardless of religion, color, race, gender identification or any superficial characteristic. Unity is not devoid of or impossible simply because of differing opinions. There is nothing wrong with having disagreements because different points of view, when presented with civility, can actually help us to grow our perspective on a specific issue and we could actually learn something new. The application of unity makes villages thrive and prosper. With unity across a wide range of people who are committed to doing the right thing, all the time and for all, can bring great change for the better in our world where chaos and noise often dominate and disrupt our social order.

Enlightenment, as I use it, is about learning: learning about other cultures, lifestyles, and religions. When we open our hearts and minds to explore the experiences of others who are not in our primary social circle, we learn to understand their perspectives on a cornucopia of topics. I believe there is a huge opportunity for people to show more love and unity if we would simply take time to talk to each other, openly, respectfully and honestly to become enlightened which allows us to live and let live without the interference of unfounded biases.

Love, Unity and Enlightenment: The core ingredients to a more peaceful world.


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