Women's HERstory Month: Josephine Baker
When I saw a film about her as a kid, I wanted to be just like her!
1.) The world's first Black Superstar 2.) She spoke French Fluently 3.) She traveled the world 4.) She adopted 13 children from different backgrounds 5.) She was a Civil Rights Activist and fought for equal rights with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. AND still lived in Paris... Whaaaat? And that's all I saw in the film.
I didn't know that she was even asked by Coretta Scott King to continue Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy. Wow!!
You know... we often teach girls that they have to choose. You get one course of study. You get to be sexy or taken seriously. You get to travel or build a family. You get this or that...this or that.. this or that. No. Net... Nope.
Josephine Baker proved everyone wrong years ago.
As I sit here in my lovely Malaysian apartment sipping coconut AND teaching AND fighting injustice in America AND flaunting hotness and talent (If I do say so myself *hairflip), I'm so grateful that I caught that film as a child.
The power of showing a child what is possible is beyond measure!