Inspiration – Josephine Baker

I remember the famous picture of the beautiful naked lady with the banana skirt. I also remember that she was the example most people used when they say that you always become famous away from home first.

Josephine Baker was a pioneer in many ways. She became a superstar in Europe. She would not participate in segregated shows in the states. She was the original Angelina, adopting 12 children from different nations. She helped the war efforts by hiding messages in her sheet music. She did things her way and created a life a little girl from St Louis, Missouri probably could not even imagine.

Life is very different now. I cannot imagine that little girl from Missouri would dream an African American man would be president some day. Yet this woman, at a time when being black and a woman was considered two strikes against you, did not allow those challenges to stop her from achieving her goals. This woman went to Europe and lived an abundant life in many ways. She dealt with racism and discrimination for many reasons. Yet she loved what she did and she had a ball doing it. In the end, when she finally got the recognition she deserved in her country, she was able to rest in peace.

Josephine Baker is an inspiration because her challenges were great, making her accomplishments greater. Most of the famous images of her were during her dancing days, so finding a picture with her clothed was not easy. I thank Wikipedia for the image. She was beautiful inside and out and I hope she inspires you as much as she inspires me.

courtesy of wikipedia.com

Josephine Baker

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. drcuneo
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 09:57:57

    I recently had the pleasure of learning a little more about Josephine Baker when I went to the restaurant, Chez Josephine, in NYC. If you’re a fan, it’a great place to visit. Plus the food is good too!

  2. aviddiva
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 15:22:57

    Thanks for the scoop, I will keep that in mind.

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