Acclaimed performer and activist Josephine Baker is receiving an award that not only was I not aware of but my immediate response was, “What the hell took so long?” Via Smithsonian Magazine:
Singer, dancer and activist Josephine Baker is set to become the first Black woman buried in Paris’ Panthéon monument, receiving one of the highest honors bestowed on French citizens, reports Olivier Beaumont for French newspaper Le Parisien.
Authorities plan to reinter Baker’s remains in a November 30 ceremony, reports the Associated Press (AP). At the Panthéon, the performer will rest alongside such prominent figures as boundary-breaking scientist Marie Curie, writer Victor Hugo and philosopher Voltaire. Baker, who died in 1975 at age 68, is only the fifth woman to be buried at the iconic landmark; comparatively, 72 men have received the honor to date.
And if you’re wondering, “Where is the Josephine Baker biopic?”, look no further. Via Deadline:
The remarkable story of Josephine Baker, one of the most influential female entertainers of the 20th century, will be the subject of Josephine, a limited drama series in development at ABC Signature, with Ruth Negga attached to star as the legendary Jazz Age performer and civil rights activist.
Negga also executive produces the project, which hails from David Makes Man showrunner Dee Harris-Lawrence, Emmy-nominated director Millicent Shelton (30 Rock), LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s The Springhill Company and ABC Signature. Josephine stems from The Springhill Company’s overall deal with ABC Signature.