Art and culture inspired by the Harlem Renaissance
One cannot discuss Paris during the 1920's without including the singer and erotic dancer Josephine Baker. "La Baker" was an African American, probably of mixed race, who left America for Paris after encountering racism and censorship. By comparison, the jazz age in Paris was exotic, sensual and inviting for African American entertainers. Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and Picasso were all fans of Josephine Baker.
Octavia Butler was an American science fiction writer, one of the best-known among the few African-American women in the field. She won both Hugo and Nebula awards. In 1995, she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant. Butler passed away on February 24, 2006.