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Interview with Monique Wells, African-American Paris

Locations in this article:  Paris, France

Near the beginning of 20th century, a number of African-American luminaries fled the blatant discrimination of the United States and took up residence in France. Among the celebrities who lived at least part of their lives in Paris were writers Richard Wright and James Baldwin, dancer Josephine Baker, and musician Louis Armstrong.

Along with hundreds of others, these new residents had a dramatic effect on the culture of Paris, popularizing jazz among other accomplishments.

Monique Wells, co-author of Paris Reflections: Walks through African-American Paris, guides the audience of Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio through this little-known slice of Parisian life.

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