Monica is assigned to help Charnelle, the young, black drug addict who dreams of being a rap star one day. Unable to communicate with her, Monica tells her the poignant story of Billie Holiday, who was also a drug user, and one of her now famous songs, "Strange Fruit," which had a powerful effect on audiences each time she sang it. Monica hopes that the song, which describes the horrendous lynchings that took place in the South, as well as photography of lynchings from a traveling exhibit, will somehow have an effect on Charnelle. After Charnelle hears the story, she discovers an unlikely link between her immediate family and the tragedies that occurred in the South and is forced to choose between the drugs and her prospects for the future.
Air Date: Nov 26, 2000