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Where the Hell is Matt? An oldie, but I like it. :)
Josephine Baker was only fifteen when she made her New York singing and dancing debut in 1921 in the all-black revue Shuffle Along. After 504 perfomances she emigrated to Paris to escape the racism of the United States.Baker achieved instant fame as huge crowds rushed to see her nude stage show called La Rebue Negre; to keep the momentum going, she also starred in the Folies Bergere wearing nothing but a G-string of bananas. By 1926, she had her own nightclub, impressing much of Paris with her beauty and grace. Becoming a French citizen in 1937, she worked tirelessly for the French Army during World War II and later for the NAACP to help end racial prejudice in the United Sates. In her later years, she adopted twelve children of all races, dubbing them her “rainbow tribe”.
504 is alot of performances...and uh, bananas? Sounds uncomfortable.
LOL. Yeah, totally. I'm sure it was very popular at the time, and quite suggestive. ;)
Nude dancers? Banana G-strings? Suggestive? Never.
=) Sounds like a happening party.
But of course!
And thanks SO much!!!
Lord she was gorgeous.
Man, she's an interesting lady, I looked her up on wikipedia:
She was so well-known and popular that even the Nazis, who occupied France during World War II were hesitant to cause her harm. In turn, this allowed Baker to show her loyalty to her adopted country by participating in the Underground. After the war, Baker was awarded the Croix de Guerre for her underground activity.
I wonder if there's any good documentaries about her out. Hmm.
I didn't look very hard, but I did find this HBO movie that was made in 1991.The Josephine Baker Story
You can watch the trailer there too. It looks cheesy, but it might be interesting. I'm not sure if you use Netflix, but they carry it. :)
You said it. And I'll bet no one else ever wore bananas so well. :)
I'm going to start a shitstorm on this I'm sure, but Bettie Page had nothing on her, IMHO.
I like them both, but I'm not aware of much work for any national, worldy or otherwise greater good that Bettie was part of. Are you aware of any?
When I'm not so tired I'll do some research.
Not charity work, per se, but she converted to Christianity late in life, sometime after her marriage, and worked secretly for a christian organization - or so says the article on Wikipedia.
Not the philanthropist Miss Josephine was, but still a pretty fascinating lady. She was born in my home town, and graduated from an academic magnet highschool - one grade point shy of a scholarship to Vanderbilt. Pretty impressive. She broke just about every mold the 1950's had for women. She's a hero too, I think, just in different ways than Josephine Baker. :)
he has a second one too. have you seen that? he got paid by strike gum or something to do it again.
Oooh, I have not. Link, please? :)
ummm, this is both of them. i dunno which one you posted too. Where the hell is matt
his site also talks about his trips and everything. its quite interesting.
ahh, I misunderstood you.
that video is wondeful
i am now very inpsired :D
I'm glad. :) That's how I felt about it too.
I acually like her. I recently saw her movie, "Princess Tam Tam".
Ooo, never seen it. I'll have to check it out.