Black History Month Day 22 – ‘The Josephine Baker Story’

Josephine Baker

We can’t get through Black History Month without talking about Josephine Baker. She did it all. She was a singer, dancer, actor, activist, and even spy.

Josephine Baker was the first Black woman to star in a major film. She achieved worldwide recognition, another first for a Black woman. She was heavily involved in the Civil Rights Movement, even refusing to perform for segregated audiences.

The Josephine Baker Story is a TV film that aired on HBO. Lynn Whitfield starred as Baker. The film follows Baker as she worked to achieve worldwide fame.

It won a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Mini-Series, or Television Movie for Whitfield. It is available here.


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