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Josephine Baker's Cinematic Prism

Author : Terri Simone Francis
Publisher : Indiana University Press
Page : 243 pages
File Size : 44,6 Mb
Release : 2021-01-19
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780253052179

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Josephine Baker's Cinematic Prism by Terri Simone Francis Pdf

A history and in-depth analysis of the film career of the iconic Black star, activist, and French military intelligence agent. Josephine Baker, the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture, was both liberated and delightfully undignified, playfully vacillating between allure and colonialist stereotyping. Nicknamed the “Black Venus,” “Black Pearl,” and “Creole Goddess,” Baker blended the sensual and the comedic when taking 1920s Europe by storm. Back home in the United States, Baker’s film career brought hope to the Black press that a new cinema centered on Black glamour would come to fruition. In Josephine Baker’s Cinematic Prism, Terri Simone Francis examines how Baker fashioned her celebrity through cinematic reflexivity, an authorial strategy in which she placed herself, her persona, and her character into visual dialogue. Francis contends that though Baker was an African American actress who lived and worked in France exclusively with a white film company, white costars, white writers, and white directors, she holds monumental significance for African American cinema as the first truly global Black woman film star. Francis also examines the double-talk between Baker and her characters in Le Pompier de Folies Bergère, La Sirène des Tropiques, Zou Zou, Princesse Tam Tam, and The French Way, whose narratives seem to undermine the very stardom they offered. In doing so, Francis illuminates the most resonant links between emergent African American cinephilia, the diverse opinions of Baker in the popular press, and African Americans’ broader aspirations for progress toward racial equality. Examining an unexplored aspect of Baker’s career, Josephine Baker’s Cinematic Prism deepens the ongoing conversation about race, gender, and performance in the African diaspora.


Author : Jean-Claude Baker,Chris Chase
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
Page : 594 pages
File Size : 42,8 Mb
Release : 2001
Category : African American entertainers
ISBN : 9780815411727

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Josephine by Jean-Claude Baker,Chris Chase Pdf

This revelatory biography of Folies Bergere dancer Josephine Baker (1906-1975) is a study of struggle, truimph and tragedy.


Author : Patricia Hruby Powell
Publisher : Chronicle Books
Page : 107 pages
File Size : 53,7 Mb
Release : 2014-01-14
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN : 9781452129716

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Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell Pdf

Coretta Scott King Book Award, Illustrator, Honor Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, Honor Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, Nonfiction Honor In exuberant verse and stirring pictures, Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson create an extraordinary portrait for young people of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world. Meticulously researched by both author and artist, Josephine's powerful story of struggle and triumph is an inspiration and a spectacle, just like the legend herself.

Josephine Baker in Art and Life

Author : Bennetta Jules-Rosette
Publisher : University of Illinois Press
Page : 396 pages
File Size : 40,6 Mb
Release : 2007
Category : African American entertainers
ISBN : 9780252074127

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Josephine Baker in Art and Life by Bennetta Jules-Rosette Pdf

Beyond biography: a legendary performer's legacy of symbolism

Josephine Baker

Author : Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara,Agathe Sorlet
Publisher : Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Page : 32 pages
File Size : 42,5 Mb
Release : 2018-08-02
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN : 9781786036704

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Josephine Baker by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara,Agathe Sorlet Pdf

Meet Josephine Baker, the world-famous entertainer, activist, and French Resistance agent in this true story of her life! Part of the beloved Little People, BIG DREAMS series, this inspiring and informative little biography follows the incredible life of Josephine Baker, from growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, during segregation to defying expectations and performing on the stage in Paris, where audiences fell in love with her. Josephine Baker was born for the stage. But growing up in segregated St. Louis, she didn't have the same opportunities as white entertainers. So, she moved to Paris where audiences fell in love with her. Josephine worked as a dancer, an actor, and even a spy. She then spent the rest of her life spreading the word that people of all colors can live together in harmony. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the entertainer's amazing life. Little People, BIG DREAMS is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats. The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardcover versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games, and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children. Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS!

The Many Faces of Josephine Baker

Author : Peggy Caravantes
Publisher : Chicago Review Press
Page : 212 pages
File Size : 49,7 Mb
Release : 2015-02-01
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN : 9781613730379

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The Many Faces of Josephine Baker by Peggy Caravantes Pdf

A complete biographical look at the complex life of a world-famous entertainer With determination and audacity, Josephine Baker turned her comic and musical abilities into becoming a worldwide icon of the Jazz Age. The Many Faces of Josephine Baker: Dancer, Singer, Activist, Spy provides the first in-depth portrait of this remarkable woman for young adults. Author Peggy Caravantes follows Baker's life from her childhood in the depths of poverty to her comedic rise in vaudeville and fame in Europe. This lively biography covers her outspoken participation in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, espionage work for the French Resistance during World War II, and adoption of 12 children—her “rainbow tribe.” Also included are informative sidebars on relevant topics such as the 1917 East St. Louis riot, Pullman railway porters, the Charleston, and more. The lush photographs, appendix updating readers on the lives of the rainbow tribe, source notes, and bibliography make this is a must-have resource for any student, Baker fan, or history buff.

Josephine Baker and the Rainbow Tribe

Author : Matthew Pratt Guterl
Publisher : Harvard University Press
Page : 287 pages
File Size : 51,8 Mb
Release : 2014-04-14
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780674047556

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Josephine Baker and the Rainbow Tribe by Matthew Pratt Guterl Pdf

Her performing days numbered, Josephine Baker transformed her French chateau into a theme park whose main attraction was her 12 children from around the globe, adopted as the family of the future.

Josephine Baker

Author : Jose-Luis Bocquet
Publisher : SelfMadeHero
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 51,5 Mb
Release : 2017-05-16
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 191059329X

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Josephine Baker by Jose-Luis Bocquet Pdf

Josephine Baker (1906-1975) was nineteen years old when she found herself in Paris for the first time in 1925. Overnight, the young American dancer became the idol of the Roaring Twenties, captivating Picasso, Cocteau, Le Corbusier, and Simenon. In the liberating atmosphere of the 1930s, Baker rose to fame as the first black star on the world stage, from London to Vienna, Alexandria to Buenos Aires. After World War II, and her time in the French Resistance, Baker devoted herself to the struggle against racial segregation, publicly battling the humiliations she had for so long suffered personally. She led by example, and over the course of the 1950s adopted twelve orphans of different ethnic backgrounds: a veritable Rainbow Tribe. A victim of racism throughout her life, Josephine Baker would sing of love and liberty until the day she died.

Agent Josephine

Author : Damien Lewis
Publisher : PublicAffairs
Page : 525 pages
File Size : 50,5 Mb
Release : 2022-07-12
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781541700680

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Agent Josephine by Damien Lewis Pdf

The New Yorker, Best Books of 2022 Vanity Fair, Best Books of 2022 Booklist, Best Books of 2022 Singer. Actress. Beauty. Spy. During WWII, Josephine Baker, the world's richest and most glamorous entertainer, was an Allied spy in Occupied France. Prior to World War II, Josephine Baker was a music-hall diva renowned for her singing and dancing, her beauty and sexuality; she was the highest-paid female performer in Europe. When the Nazis seized her adopted city, Paris, she was banned from the stage, along with all “negroes and Jews.” Yet instead of returning to America, she vowed to stay and to fight the Nazi evil. Overnight, she went from performer to Resistance spy. In Agent Josephine, bestselling author Damien Lewis uncovers this little-known history of the famous singer’s life. During the war years, as a member of the French Nurse paratroopers—a cover for her spying work—Baker participated in numerous clandestine activities and emerged as a formidable spy. In turn, she was a hero of the three countries in whose name she served—the US, France, and Britain. Drawing on a plethora of new historical material and rigorous research, including previously undisclosed letters and journals, Lewis upends the conventional story of Josephine Baker, explaining why she fully deserves her unique place in the French Panthéon.

Josephine Baker's Last Dance

Author : Sherry Jones
Publisher : Thorndike Press Large Print
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 46,7 Mb
Release : 2019
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 1432862405

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Josephine Baker's Last Dance by Sherry Jones Pdf

From the author of The Jewel of Medina, a moving and insightful novel based on the life of legendary performer and activist Josephine Baker, perfect for fans of The Paris Wife and Hidden Figures. Discover the fascinating and singular life story of Josephine Baker--actress, singer, dancer, Civil Rights activist, member of the French Resistance during WWII, and a woman dedicated to erasing prejudice and creating a more equitable world--in Josephine Baker's Last Dance. In this illuminating biographical novel, Sherry Jones brings to life Josephine's early years in servitude and poverty in America, her rise to fame as a showgirl in her famous banana skirt, her activism against discrimination, and her many loves and losses. From 1920s Paris to 1960s Washington, to her final, triumphant performance, one of the most extraordinary lives of the twentieth century comes to stunning life on the page. With intimate prose and comprehensive research, Sherry Jones brings this remarkable and compelling public figure into focus for the first time in a joyous celebration of a life lived in technicolor, a powerful woman who continues to inspire today.

Jazz Age Josephine

Author : Jonah Winter
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Page : 40 pages
File Size : 40,9 Mb
Release : 2012-01-03
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 9781442447103

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Jazz Age Josephine by Jonah Winter Pdf

A picture book biography that will inspire readers to dance to their own beats! Singer, dancer, actress, and independent dame, Josephine Baker felt life was a performance. She lived by her own rules and helped to shake up the status quo with wild costumes and a you-can’t-tell-me-no attitude that made her famous. She even had a pet leopard in Paris! From bestselling children’s biographer Jonah Winter and two-time Caldecott Honoree Marjorie Priceman comes a story of a woman the stage could barely contain. Rising from a poor, segregated upbringing, Josephine Baker was able to break through racial barriers with her own sense of flair and astonishing dance abilities. She was a pillar of steel with a heart of gold—all wrapped up in feathers, sequins, and an infectious rhythm.

Remembering Josephine

Author : Stephen Papich
Publisher : Bobbs-Merrill Company
Page : 298 pages
File Size : 45,6 Mb
Release : 1976
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : STANFORD:36105036704042

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Remembering Josephine by Stephen Papich Pdf

Fighting for Life

Author : S. Josephine Baker
Publisher : New York Review of Books
Page : 305 pages
File Size : 47,5 Mb
Release : 2013-09-24
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781590177068

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Fighting for Life by S. Josephine Baker Pdf

An “engaging and . . . thought-provoking” memoir of battling public health crises in early 20th-century New York City—from the pioneering female physician and children’s health advocate who ‘caught’ Typhoid Mary (The New York Times) New York’s Lower East Side was said to be the most densely populated square mile on earth in the 1890s. Health inspectors called the neighborhood “the suicide ward.” Diarrhea epidemics raged each summer, killing thousands of children. Sweatshop babies with smallpox and typhus dozed in garment heaps destined for fashionable shops. Desperate mothers paced the streets to soothe their feverish children and white mourning cloths hung from every building. A third of the children living there died before their fifth birthday. By 1911, the child death rate had fallen sharply and The New York Times hailed the city as the healthiest on earth. In this witty and highly personal autobiography, public health crusader Dr. S. Josephine Baker explains how this transformation was achieved. By the time she retired in 1923, Baker was famous worldwide for saving the lives of 90,000 children. The programs she developed, many still in use today, have saved the lives of millions more. She fought for women’s suffrage, toured Russia in the 1930s, and captured “Typhoid” Mary Mallon, twice. She was also an astute observer of her times, and Fighting for Life is one of the most honest, compassionate memoirs of American medicine ever written.

The Josephine Baker Story

Author : Wise Publications
Publisher : Wise Publications
Page : 96 pages
File Size : 45,6 Mb
Release : 2000-06-22
Category : Music
ISBN : 9780857123633

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The Josephine Baker Story by Wise Publications Pdf

This is the story of no ordinary life...Josephine Baker emerged from sordid poverty and racial intolorance in early 20th-century St Louis to delight audiences across the world becoming a genuine star of the stage.

Josephine Baker

Author : Alan Schroeder,Heather Lehr Wagner
Publisher : Infobase Publishing
Page : 129 pages
File Size : 41,9 Mb
Release : 2009
Category : African American entertainers
ISBN : 9781438100869

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Josephine Baker by Alan Schroeder,Heather Lehr Wagner Pdf

* Critically acclaimed biographies of history's most notable African-Americans * Straightforward and objective writing * Lavishly illustrated with photographs and memorabilia * Essential for multicultural studies