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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Born April 7, 1915, to two teenage parents, Eleanora Fagan, better known by her stage name, Billie Holiday, spent her childhood in Baltimore.

The famous jazz singer would not have an easy life.

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After being sexually assaulted at age 10, she was sent to a reform school before moving to New York City with her mom in 1927.

She would go on to sing hit songs like, “God Bless the Child” and “My Man Don’t Love Me.” She would pass away at the young age of 44.

Lady Day, as she was called, would return to Baltimore as a touring musician playing at clubs and restaurants along Pennsylvania Avenue, and in 1985, they put up statues in her honor.

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On Friday, the feature film “The United States VS. Billie Holiday”, will debut on Hulu and will focus on the government’s persecution of the jazz singer after she wrote an anti-lynching song “Strange Fruit.”

The film was brought to life by Academy award-nominated Director Lee Daniels.

“They sent her to jail, they planted drugs on her, they gave her boyfriends, her manager’s drugs to plant on her, they were after her,” Daniels said.

He hopes the film changes the way people see Holiday.

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“Yeah, they see her as a badass, they see her as a hero, a civil rights hero,” Daniels added.

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Twitter Explores 'Undo Send' Feature for Paying Users

By Elizabeth Culliford

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc is testing an "undo send" function that would give users a short time to withdraw a tweet before it is posted, the company confirmed on Friday.

App researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who discovers unannounced social media features by looking at the sites' code, tweeted an animation showing a tweet with a spelling error where an 'undo' button was available before a short timer ran out.

A Twitter spokeswoman said the feature was being tested as part of the company's exploration of how subscriptions could work on the platform. She said Twitter would be testing and iterating possible paid-for features over time.

Twitter has said it is working on paid subscription models, which would reduce its dependence on ad revenue, including a "super follow" feature to let users charge their followers for access to exclusive content which will launch this year.

CEO Jack Dorsey has previously said the site would likely never have an "edit button," a feature users have long sought.

But Twitter has been introducing more prompts as users send tweets such as asking them if they want to read an article before sharing it, and experimenting with allowing people to revise a tweet reply before it is published if it uses harmful language.

The company reportedly included a possible "undo send" feature in a user survey last year asking which features people would like to have available through a subscription model.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford. Editing by Mark Potter)

Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters.

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