Salut Mes Amis!
For those of you who are new, welcome! For those who remember the premier English language site on Black Paris, it has been quite a while, hasn’t it? I’m sure you’re wondering what happened to Café de la Soul*Your Black Paris Portal. Well, it (I) took a break to become fully immersed in the art of parenthood, raising two absolutely FABULOUS children, one of whom is now (GASP!) a freshman in college. So you could say that I’ve somewhat, kinda sorta, got a small portion of my life back (kinda. sorta.) which allows me to devote this rediscovered portion of my time to another thing I absolutely love and adore: ALL THINGS RELATED TO THE BLACK PRESENCE IN FRANCE.
Maison de la Culture Noire Américaine…en France (MCNA) is very much like Café de la Soul, but – dare I say – BIGGER and BETTER-er. It’s the exploration of the African Diaspora in France, with a special focus on African American culture and its history, presence and influence in Paris and France. You might be saying to yourself…”but Robin…that is exactly what Café de la Soul WAS, non?” Yes. However, Maison de la Culture Noire Américaine…en France has taken it to the next level, connecting visitors to the history of African Americans in Paris, study abroad programs, French language instruction as well as to the events and communities that make up Black Paris. It’s your one stop shop to all things Black Paris, no holds barred.
And by no holds barred, I mean: we play no favorites at MCNA. Whether you’re established in your field or just starting out, MCNA offers equal opportunity exposure for all. What’s that, you say? You’re not Black, but the work you do is related to Black culture in France? Not a problem. If you have a valuable service, tour, book, event, etc., that MCNA’s audience can benefit from, my team and I are open to featuring it. Why? Because MCNA serves as a TRUE online community, one of unity and information sharing. Our motto is “If YOU shine, WE shine.” And we mean that.
So, if you are a writer, photographer, musician, artist, blogger, educator, tour operator, film maker, or general Paris/Black Paris enthusiast who would love an additional platform (a pretty SNAZZY looking platform, I might add) to feature your work/event/project, send us an email and we’ll get the conversation started on how you can be a part of this exciting, growing online organization.
So bienvenue (welcome), one and all. Make yourself comfortable and stay a while.
Maison de la Culture Noire Américaine