Black Venus – Ep.31

Icon of the Jazz Age, WWII resistance member, famous for a banana skirt among other things, today’s episode is Josephine Baker, the American-born French dancer, singer, and actress. She was the first black woman to star in a major motion picture, and at one point, she was the richest black woman in the world. Despite all this, she was actually born in poverty and had quite the difficult climb to success.

Sources (Used/Consulted/Read Along the Way)

The Many Faces of Josephine Baker: Dancer, Singer, Activist, Spy by Peggy Caravantes

Josephine Baker: The Hungry Heart by Jean-Claude Baker and Chris Chase

Agent Josephine: American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy by Damien Lewis

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