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Strange Fruit PR To Pick New Name After Being Told (Again) That Their Current One Refers To The Bodies Of Lynched Black People

Strange Fruit PR Moves To Pick New Name After Being Told (Again) That Their Current One Refers To Lynched Black Bodies

Google the term “Strange Fruit” and the first result is the Wikipedia page for the infamous Billie Holiday song, originally written as a poem by Abel Meeropol, about the lynching of Black Americans. “Strange fruit” literally refers to Black bodies hanging from trees. This is a fact that seemingly went over the heads of Ali Slutsky and Mary Mickel (above), the (white!) gals behind the two-year-old Austin-based “hospitality” firm Strange Fruit PR, whose Twitter bio completely seriously asks, “Are you a strange fruit?” Or it did up until today, when the Twitter feed, as well as the company’s entire internet presence, disappeared after they were called out about the offensiveness of their name. They also released a statement of apology, but I’ll get to that in a minute. Keep reading »

How To: Make Love In The Tub

The weekend is here! Hooray! If you’re planning on doing it in the bathtub this weekend, here are some pointers from Dr. Thomas Stuttaford and Suzi Godson, because it’s not going to be as easy:

  • Use baths for foreplay only, and skip the bubbles and all your other chemical-laden products. Bubble bath washes off the skin’s natural oils and lubrication, causing irritation. Irritation=no fun.
  • Make use of lube — and not a water-based one, which will wash off instantly. Silicone is best.
  • Try not to hit the faucet. That would be painful.
  • Also, check out these step-by-step instructions from AskMen.com on how to prepare a bath for a lady friend. They probably won’t help you with your endeavor, but you might laugh. They suggest playing Seal, as his music is soft and sensual. Um, if cheesy music is a requirement, we’d prefer Billie Holiday. [The Times, U.K. and AskMen.com]

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    Get Your Rocks Off: Covering Billie Holiday

    Today is Billie Holiday’s birthday. In honor of the amazing singer, we’ve compiled a playlist of some of the best covers of songs either written by or famously performed by her, because hopefully you already have at least one of her albums. If not, go get one, and enjoy these in the meantime!

    Marianne Faithfull   Marianne Faithful — “Gloomy Sunday”
    Catherine Wheel   Catherine Wheel — “Strange Fruit”
    Willie Nelson   Willie Nelson — “All Of Me”
    Michelle Shocked   Michelle Shocked — “God Bless The Child”
    Rufus Wainwright   Rufus Wainwright — “Come Rain Or Come Shine”
    Olivia Newton-John   Olivia Newton-John — “Love Me Or Leave Me”
    Nancy Wilson   Nancy Wilson — “What A Little Moonlight Can Do”
    Diana Ross   Diana Ross — “Lady Sings The Blues”
    Nina Simone   Nina Simone — “Fine and Mellow”
    Cat Power   Cat Power — “Don’t Explain”
    Ol' Dirty Bastard & Lil' Mo   Ol’ Dirty Bastard & Lil’ Mo’ — “Good Morning Heartache”

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