This year for Black History Month, Billboard looks to salute Black women for their strength, resiliency, and courage. With Black female artists always being innovative and audacious with their art and platforms, especially during last year’s fight for racial equality, it was necessary to empower those with our stage this month. Every Monday and Wednesday for Black History Month, Billboard will dish out new playlists from Black women artists highlighting powerful messages.
On Monday (Feb. 8), singer and actress Andra Day will take the reins with her mini collection. This month, the Grammy-nominated singer segues into the film world after playing revolutionary jazz performer Billie Holiday. Starring in Lee Daniels’ upcoming movie The United States vs. Billie Holiday, Day embraces the challenges of portraying the revered artist, even though she first didn’t want to audition for the role.
“When I’m in movies, I’m losing myself in another person, and you have a responsibility to that person,” she says in a new profile with Bazaar. Despite her trepidation, Day soared during her auditions and now can add “movie actress” into her resume.