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Black Dancers Celebrate The Legacy and Influence of Josephine Baker

Essence
 2021-05-25

Cover picture for the articleThis 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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