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Myth of a Colorblind France

A black-and-white photo of performer Josephine Baker dancing on stage.


For more than a century, Black artists have traveled to Paris to liberate themselves from the racism of the United States. What made these artistic innovators choose France? And is France truly colorblind?

Myth of a Colorblind France explores these questions by looking at the lives and careers of renowned African Americans who emigrated to Paris, including Josephine Baker, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Beauford Delaney, Augusta Savage, Lois Mailou Jones, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.

Myth of a Colorblind France also features interviews with French scholars Michel Fabre and Francis Hofstein, sculptor Barbara Chase-Riboud, poet James Emanuel, historian Tyler Stovall, filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris, graffiti artist Quik, hip hop producer Ben the Glorious Bastard, African drummer Karim Toure, and many more.

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