BLACK AMERICANS’ INFLUENCE IN FRANCE


REMEMBER: FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Chloë Mortaud’s mother is a Black American from Mississippi.  She is born in France and has dual citizenship (France/USA).  Of course, men will notice her beauty but an interesting fact is that she won Miss France in 2009.

I love Jazz and the first concert I ever saw, in France, as a teenager was the Jazz organist Jimmy Smith.  The place was packed wall to wall.  The audience gave him a standing ovation. I loved it because the man on the stage was black; black like me.

I don’t know the theory of attraction of Black American artists for France.  Some spent a lengthy part of their career and other remained as permanent fixture. They definitely influenced the French art scene.

I am sure that more will go to France but here are a few who proudly signed “Made in Black America” over the years.

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Patrick-Bernard

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One response to “BLACK AMERICANS’ INFLUENCE IN FRANCE

  1. Hi Patrick!
    “I don’t know the theory of attraction of Black American artists for France.”

    It’s one of those paradoxes. I once read that many of the expatriate African American artists in who settled in France felt that they had much more freedom to just express and BE their American selves, through their music, artwork, and daily living. They could be human without the fear and oppression and denial of their humanity that was a daily affair back in America.

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