randomposting (randomposting) wrote,

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Cool people post.

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”.

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