Josephina Baker, aka "La Baker," was a notorious black performer who left the United States because of oppressive segregation. Claiming France as her new Motherland, Baker performed her signature songs and dance moves (including her famous "banana dance") for new audiences, eventually becoming one of the most photographed and sought after celebrities of her time.
Most people are acquainted with Baker the performer, delighting in her singing, dancing, and acting skills but the woman's waters ran deep and there are many interesting facts about La Baker and her life that aren't common knowledge.
We spoke to lifelong Baker fan Naomi Witzig, owner/curator of the World Erotic Art Museum
in South Beach, and Gelan Lambert, star of the Broadway hit Fela!,
about Baker and learned a few interesting things. Lambert will be the guest speaker at WEAM tonight for the opening of the "Josephine Baker Re-Visited" exhibit, which celebrates Baker's life.