AFROPUNK Paris 2017 is right around the corner! In addition to our most exciting lineup yet (including Yasiin Bey [Mos Def], Macy Gray, Laura Mvula and more!) and our customizable Travel Packages, to ensure your experience is the best it can be we have also partnered with Le Paris Noir, which provides walking tours highlighting the history of Black Paris in French and English, to compile a list of must-see places while you're in town. From the café where James Baldwin completed his first novel to a cabaret honoring Joséphine Baker, below are ten sites central to the legacy of Black Paris that you don't want to miss:
1. 72 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Café de Flore: Café de Flore is where James Baldwin wrote his first novel Go Tell It On The Mountain
2. 40 Rue Pierre Fontaine, Carrousel de Paris: Formerly a cabaret named "Chez Joséphine", Carrousel de Paris opened in 1926 in honor of Joséphine Baker
3. 14 Rue Monsieur le Prince, Plaque for Richard Wright: Former apartment of the African American novelist and journalist R. Wright
4. Place Pigalle, formerly Monico's BrickTop: Icon of Harlem sur Seine, a reportage about American jazz musicians living in Paris. Ada 'Bricktop' Smith was an American singer made the jump from Harlem to Montmartre—and her nightclubs became all the rage. Now an organic supermarket.
5. 52, Rue Pigalle, Le Grand Duc: The cabaret "Le Grand Duc" is where Ada 'Bricktop' Smith began dancing and became famous, and where Langston Hughes frequented. Today, it is a Chinese restaurant.
6. 123 Rue Saint-Jacques, Lycée Louis-le-Grand: Aimé Césaire and Léopold Senghor, birth of la Négritude
7. Place de La Sorbonne: African Presence and Black Activism (Alioune Diop, Anna Julia Parker and Paulette Nardal and many more)
8. Hôtel La Louisiane: Miles Davis and Jazz Music in St-Germain.
9. Panthéon: Alexandre Dumas, the legacy of an afro-descendant family in France.