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Starlet Turned Spy: The Double-Life Of Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker broke various color barriers, is a feminist icon, advocated for civil rights, and rose to be the most famous woman in France throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Josephine Baker’s role in the French Resistance has received comparably little attention to her dances in “banana-skirts,” film appearances, and vaudeville routines. But she was able to use her star power to gain access to Axis secrets during the Second World War. While she is a remarkable woman, her time as a French spy is truly fascinating.
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Black Dancers Celebrate The Legacy and Influence of Josephine Baker

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Baker's premiere dance performance in Shuffle Along. “Josephine Baker was a trendsetter and the trend, in my opinion, was Blackness,” award-winning ballet soloist Gabe Stone Sheyer said poignantly about the legacy of the renowned dancer 100 years after she made her debut in the Broadway musical Shuffle Along. “She had an amazing unfiltered approach to speaking, dressing, and performing without watering herself down.”
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Opera returns with Wagner, Puccini and Josephine Baker with season starting in November

Opera lovers rejoice — the soaring sounds of Puccini and Wagner, a gala concert and an homage to Josephine Baker are on tap for the coming season, starting in November. Current subscribers to the New Orleans Opera were treated to the news in a virtual meeting this week with general director Clare Burovac, who announced a season with performances at Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts and the Marigny Opera House.
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Robin Thicke goes to couples therapy with fiancée April Love Geary and ex-wife Paula Patton and Paula Patton to Star in, Produce Josephine Baker Drama (Exclusive)

Paula Patton to Star in, Produce Josephine Baker Drama (Exclusive) and Robin Thicke goes to couples therapy with fiancée April Love Geary and ex-wife Paula Patton. Mom, daughter (and army of friends) become vaccine hunters. European Super League: All six Premier League teams withdraw from competition. Royal Mint and Elton...
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s BAFTA beauty look is an ode to Josephine Baker

Iconic entertainer and Civil Rights activist Josephine Baker is perhaps the most recognised poster girl for the glamour of the 1920s, and last night she provided the inspiration for one of the best beauty looks of the 2021 BAFTAs. Gugu Mbatha-Raw delivered a note-perfect interpretation of Baker's signature Jazz Age...
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A Dinner in France, 1973: Josephine Baker, James Baldwin, and a Very Young Henry Louis Gates, Jr

Harmony Holiday on the Public-Private Tensions of Black Life in America. In the summer of 1973 Time magazine decided not to run a piece that it had commissioned, a conversation between James Baldwin and Josephine Baker about the African American experience of expatriate life. Time claimed the pair was “passé,” a couple of relics. Henry Louis Gates Jr., then 22, having just graduated from Yale and been hired as summer correspondent for Time, had conducted the interview in France as part of a longer series on Black expatriates, investigating why they’d remained in self-imposed exile even after the civil rights gains of the 1960s. And Time helped answer Gates’s question for him, making blatant then what remains clear today: America doesn’t respect Black people. Gates would take the dismissal of his piece and its subjects as further evidence that he could accomplish more as a critic than a reporter to help shape the public’s sense of Black culture outside and beyond the media’s preoccupation with fads and bottom lines.
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Ruth Negga will star as Josephine Baker in a new limited series

The television drama is being developed for ABC Signature by LeBron James's entertainment brand, The SpringHill Company. There is hardly a shortage of famous figures born of the Roaring Twenties (F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ma Rainey, Ernest Hemingway, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, the list goes on), all of whom left indelible marks on art, culture, fashion, music and literature. But perhaps few of these towering greats took on such a multi-hyphenate role as Josephine Baker. The legendary entertainer wasn't simply a celebrated dancer and style star — she was a spy for the French Resistance during World War II and later, an American civil rights activist.
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Ruth Negga Will Star As Josephine Baker in a New Limited Series

There is hardly a shortage of famous figures born of the Roaring Twenties (F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ma Rainey, Ernest Hemingway, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, the list goes on), all of whom left indelible marks on art, culture, fashion, music, and literature. But perhaps few of these towering greats took on such a multi-hyphenate role as Josephine Baker. The legendary entertainer wasn't simply a celebrated dancer and style star—she was a spy for the French Resistance during World War II and later, an American civil rights activist.
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Ruth Negga to Lead ABC Signature’s Josephine Baker Miniseries

Ruth Negga to lead ABC Signature’s Josephine Baker miniseries. According to Deadline, ABC Signature is currently in the process of developing a new limited series about American-born French performer and civil rights activist Josephine Baker with Oscar nominee Ruth Negga attached for the leading role. On top of starring, Negga will also be serving as an executive producer.
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‘Josephine’: Ruth Negga To Star In Limited Series Drama About Legendary Jazz Performer And Activist Josephine Baker

It’s about time we start recognizing how great Ruth Negga is. The star of “Loving” and the recent Sundance film “Passing” has been doing consistently good work since she starred in the cult TV series “Misfits,” but she hasn’t really had a star vehicle until now. Ruth Negga is now set to play the legendary actress, singer, civil rights activist and French Resistance agent Josephine Baker in the new limited series “Josephine.”
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‘Josephine’ Limited Series Will Star Ruth Negga as Josephine Baker

Ruth Negga will play actress, singer, French Resistance agent, and civil rights activist Josephine Baker in Josephine, a limited series in development at ABC Signature. The series comes from writer Dee Harris-Lawrence, director Millicent Shelton, and LeBron James and Maverick Carter‘s The Springhill Company and will follow Baker’s experience of being an “international superstar and decorated WW2 spy,” and that sounds like the type of show that’s going to be a must-see.
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Ruth Negga Will Play Josephine Baker in New Series From Dee Harris-Lawrence

After starring in the Sundance breakout film Passing this year, Ruth Negga is now slated to star as the illustrious Josephine Baker in a new series from TV showrunner Dee Harris-Lawrence. According to Deadline, Ruth Negga is attached to star as the legendary Jazz age performer and civil rights activist....
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Ruth Negga to star in a Josephine Baker limited series

And Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. vet Negga will play one of the most influential female entertainers of the 20th century in Josephine. David Makes Man showrunner Dee Harris-Lawrence will helm Josephine, which will tell the story of the legendary Jazz age performer and civil rights activist. As Deadline notes, "Baker was recently discovered by a new generation through HBO’s very influential 2020 series Lovecraft Country, which featured the American-born French entertainer, played by Carra Patterson." Josephine will be made for ABC Signature and shopped around.
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Feb. 3, 1952: The day Josephine Baker returned to St. Louis

Dancer, singer, and actress Josephine Baker was born Freda Josephine McDonald on June 3, 1906 in St. Louis. Her show on Feb. 3, 1952, in Kiel Auditorium was noteworthy mainly for occurring at all. Baker, who became a sensation for sultry dances wearing only a few feathers or a skirt...