Après Midi

Meeting of January 10, 2017

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Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

 

Monique Wells

Tom Reeves


Monique Wells and Tom Reeves, creators of Entrée to Black Paris Tours and the Entrée to Black Paris blog, tour guides and authors, gave a PowerPoint presentation at Parler Paris Après Midi about the “African-American Presence in the City of Light.”

I asked them to make this presentation, because I have always found it fascinating how African Americans were always so well-accepted in Paris while treated very differently in their own country...and how the American community in Paris has never seen themselves as either black, white or pink. What I mean is that we -- Americans in Paris -- do not segregate ourselves in any way and have always been so much more of a unit rather than thinking of ourselves as "us" and "them."
Still, African Americans have left their imprint on the city for over two hundred years. Tom and Monique talked about a few of the personalities in Paris that the world remembers, such as Josephine Baker and Henry O. Tanner, but also including music conductor James Reese Europe, who introduced the French to a new form of music called jazz! One of JR Europe's claims to fame was as a World War I lieutenant with the 369th Infantry Regiment and leader of a military band known as the "Harlem Hellfighters" who made their first recordings in France for the Pathé brothers.

By coincidence, Stephany Neal, a past Paris resident who is visiting this week and who was on hand at the monthly gathering, is the Executive Producer of the 369th Experience and World War One Centennial, which is celebrating the 100th anniversary of World War I by recreating the 369th Regimental Band that first brought American ragtime, jazz and blues to European audiences. Applications to join the band for freshmen and sophomore music students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other colleges and universities across America are now being taken and will be selected very soon. To learn more about the celebration and the band, visit their Web site. To apply, visit 369thexperience.submittable.com/.

To learn more about Black Paris, take one or some of the fascinating tours offered by Tom and Monique: Josephine Baker Tour in Le Vésinet, The Color Line - African-American Artists and Racial Segregation, Black Images in European Art, Black Paris - Myth of Colorblind France and others.

In attendance were:

•    Dale Gaber
•    Angela Thévenot
•    Bob Friday
•    Debbie Friday
•    Debbie Hunt
•    Denise Grassart
•    Diana Shenk
•    Dolores Lilley
•    Emily A. Thrush
•    Jane Currie
•    Jeanne and Phil Govert
•    Joe and Anna Hayes
•    Kandi S.
•    Liz and Tony Fear
•    Mark and Leonore Rattner
•    Mary Barbezat
•    Nancy Kissock
•    Pam Perry
•    Patricia Evert
•    Patricia Wilson
•    Patty Sadauskas
•    Rudi Shenk
•    Sebastian St. John
•    Sue Medsger
•    Theresa Dalle
•    Tosun Benk
•    Yaël Menasse-Friedberg
•    Yakin Benk
•    Plus others who did not sign in!
•    And special get well wishes to Patricia Laplante Collins who could not join us today.

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France