s. josephine baker

Lost Generation Asks
  • Ernest Hemmingway: What "lost cause" do you always seem to be fighting for?
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald: Do you enjoy crowds or reclusion?
  • Zelda Fitzgerald: What are you beyond wildly passionate about?
  • John Dos Passos: Are you big on discussing politics?
  • Gertrude Stein: Do you tend to defy social norms?
  • Alice B. Toklas: What kind of person do you picture spending the rest of your life with?
  • T.S. Eliot: What is your inner monologue generally saying?
  • Sherwood Anderson: Are you at all ashamed of your past?
  • Pablo Picasso: What "period" of your life do you miss the most or are most looking forward to?
  • Cole Porter: If your life was a song, what would the title be?
  • Joséphine Baker: Do you see yourself as a sensation?
  • Juan Belmonte: How do you face your demons?
  • Salvador Dalí: How do you think people should see the world differently?
  • Man Ray: How influenced are your passions by your parents?

Favorite Classic Black Female Stars Josephine Baker (1906-1975)

 “Baker was a woman torn between multiple identities and multiple loves. She lived for her loves and in a certain sense, died as a result of them. It seems to me that as a key to understanding her destiny, nothing is more important than the song ‘I Have Two Loves,’ which became her theme song and was associated with her throughout her life. In my opinion, everything is contained in the song’s assertion, ‘I have two loves, my country and Paris,’ which goes far beyond its apparent simplicity. In these few words, Baker transcends herself and reaches out to the destiny of an entire generation. It is in this far-reaching influence that we can see the startling modernity of this woman, who resembled and even surpassed Colette and George Sand. She wished to be free all her life, and she was always guided by that passion and commitment.”  

 Simon Njami in Bennetta Jules-Rosette’s Josephine Baker in Art and Life: The Icon and the Image