The Black Presence in Contemporary France with Lewis Watts and Ricki Stevenson – February 7, 2015


In honor of Black History Month, Maison de la Culture Noire Americaine (MCNA) presents “The Black Presence in Contemporary France” a digital photo presentation and interactive dialogue with Lewis Watts and Ricki Stevenson.

Stevenson, Paris resident and one of the leading authorities on Black Paris, will open the evening with an informative overview of the history of Black France, highlighting notable historical figures and their monuments in the City of Light.

Watts, author of Harlem of the West and The New Orleans Suite (UC Press) will share his collection of photos of the African Diaspora in France taken over the past two years.  The images are part of a larger project Watts is working on tentatively tilted “Black Presence in France (Paris Noir)” documenting different generations of immigrants, American expatriates and the influence of African American culture while looking for connections and differences between France and other locations he has researched.

The audience, via their questions and feedback, will have the opportunity to assist Watts in identifying and selecting the most captivating and impactful photos for his final collection.

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