What Does Beyoncé See in Josephine Baker?: A Brief Film History of Sampling La Diva, La Bakaire

Francis, Terri
November 2007
S&F Online;Fall2007/Spring2008, Vol. 6 Issue 1/2, p14
Academic Journal
This article explores how Beyoncé appeared as a performer claiming a history of African American female creativity, exemplified by performer Josephine Baker. Beyoncé captures Baker's burlesque without attempting an imitation of Baker. Neither does Beyoncé mix comedy into her routine the way that Baker did, although there is some, nor does she attempt to revive all of Baker's moves. Early film presentation of Baker which establishes her as a fantastical figment, a role she would reprise in subsequent work, are explored.


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