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    Josephine Baker by Black History Album, via Flickr

    "I wasn't really naked. I simply didn't have any clothes on." -Josephine Baker in La Joie de Paris, 1932-33

    Josephine Baker - She was best known for her exotic banana dance in a Parisian nightclub in the 1930's. She was also known for her "rainbow tribe" - she adopted a child of every race - well before Angelina Jolie....

    Black Hollywood: Prinsesse Tam-Tam by Black History Album, via Flickr

    Josephine Baker (6-3-06 to 4-12-75) was an American-born French dancer, singer, and actress. Born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri, she became a citizen of France in 1937. Fluent in both English and French, Baker became an international musical and political icon. She is also noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, for assisting the French Resistance during World War II, and for receiving the French military honor, the Croix de guerre.

    Josephine Baker In Her Dressing Room by Black History Album, via Flickr

    Josephine Baker. A very beautiful woman with a beautiful heart full of love.

    Josephine Baker #‎BeatsofHell‬ ‪#‎VictusVincimus‬

    “One day I realized I was living in a country where I was afraid to be black. It was only a country for white people. Not black. So I left. I had been suffocating in the United States… A lot of us left, not because we wanted to leave, but because we couldn’t stand it anymore… I felt liberated in Paris.” — Josephine Baker

    josephine baker, rare photo from the very beginning of her career, est. late teens!