Josephine Baker was one of the first African Americans to make Paris her home
Black Soldiers during World War I. It is widely reported in scholarly documents that African American soldiers was warmly received by the Parisian people, although in their country, America, it was a different story
James Baldwin was one of the first African American writers and thinkers who took adopted Paris as a home in protest to American racism
Richard Wright, like Baldwin, also adopted Paris as his home.
Nina Simone left America for Paris earlier on in her career as well. The City of Lights became her home, and it was where she was laid to rest in Carry-le-Rouet, Bouches-du-Rhône in Southern France
Kanye West is a mainstay in Paris—proven in his monster hit with Jay-Z, "N*ggas in Paris". Here the iconic emcee poses it up with his entourage
Jay-Z and Kanye West's "N*ggas in Paris" evokes a long history of Blacks in the City of Lights