Tuesday, May 02, 2006


"Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than the skin tone, when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak one's soul; when birth places have the weight of a throw of the dice and all men are born free, when understanding breeds love and brotherhood."
- Josephine Baker
"The secret to the fountain of youth is to think youthful thoughts."
- Josephine Baker

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Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

that's an interesting photo of her...
i love Josephine Baker, although all the recordings i have of her are pretty crap quality.
she had such a mythos, there are so many ironies, i love it.

6:15 PM  
Blogger JP swam up to say...

That first quote, that's such a beautiful thought. It's a shame that it's completely unlikely that such a state of things will ever, ever, ever come to pass. The more we move ahead, the more we stay exactly where we are. Mumbo-jumbo and jingo still wins.

I'm cheerful today, why d'you ask?

11:52 PM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

two steps forward 1.75 steps back - yep yep, you are cheerful, JP - but really it's a matter of perspective, just reading about her experiences on stage in the US (she spent much of her time in France), you can see how the tolerance in this country has grown - it's not perfect, but i still have hope.

(though i don't understand the handicapped symbol near the word verificaiton - if they can't see to click on it... or to read the page... )

10:42 AM  
Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

I cannot see Josephine Baker now without thinking of the opening scene in Triplets of Belleville.

11:31 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

ok i haven't seen Triplets in a long while, but what does Josephine Baker have to do with the opening scene?
please explain so i don't have to go on a frenzied quest for the film...

12:56 PM  
Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

I had read that the opening black and white number that shows the triplets in their heyday with other stars of the same era includes josephine baker...the topless scene where the men turn into monkeys and go bananas.

11:59 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

ah okay...i vaguely remember that, though i think i only saw the whole movie once & didn't recognize any of the characters like that.
but it would make sense.
i hope i remember if i see it again...

12:19 PM  

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