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Artists & Icons

Josephine Baker, Black Venus

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Josephine Baker was beautiful, brave and funny. An icon of the jazz age, she's probably best remembered for dancing topless in only her beads and a skirt made of bananas. But in her most important work, she was devoted to fighting against segregation, racism and anti-semitism.

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Zelda Fitzgerald, The First American Flapper

Zelda was a spirited young girl, and posed more of a challenge for her father, a successful associate justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Zelda called her home life with her father, "a living fortress" and clashed with him, often.

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Bessie Smith, Empress of the Blues

"No time to marry, no time to settle down; I'm a young woman, and I ain't done runnin' aroun'." -Bessie Smith, "Young Woman's Blues"

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