Andra Day gives a raw, powerful and unforgettable portrayal of Billie Holiday. She is Billie. The movie made me feel so sad as she succumbed to her addiction and bad choices in men. Andra's singing was sublime and sometimes the only uplifting parts in this tragic tale of her life.
I loved Diana Ross in Lady Sings the Blues, in fact I've seen it several times, but that was the Hollywood version. This version is the real thing and truly captures the pain of who Billie was. Well done Lee Daniels, you've done a masterful job of bringing her life and the racism that existed then and now.