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Black Venus a.k.a. Josephine Baker was an American-born French dancer, singer, and actress who came to be known in various circles as the "Black Pearl," "Bronze Venus" and even the "Creole Goddess". Born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine later became a citizen of France in 1937. She was fluent in both English and French.


Black Venus is a fictional character from the 1989 film American Angels- Baptism of Blood.


"Black Venus" is an anthology of short fiction by Angela Carter. It was first published in the United Kingdom in 1985 by Chatto & Windus Ltd. and contains a collection of eight stories, the majority of which are concerned with re-imagining the lives of certain figures in history, with a particular emphasis on some well known through literature.

  • also known as "Saints and Strangers", Saints and Strangers
  • genre: Speculative fiction
  • copyright: 1985


  1. "Black Venus" is a 2010 French drama film directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. It is based on the life of Sarah Baartman, a Khoikhoi woman who in the early 19th century was exhibited in Europe under the name "Hottentot Venus". The film was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 67th Venice International Film Festival, where it was awarded the Equal Opportunity Award.
  2. "Black Venus" is a 1983 film directed by Claude Mulot.

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Google previewThe Rough Guide to Devon & Cornwall (2004)

by Robert Andrews, Peter Hack, Kate Hughes, Bea Uhart

Alternatively, at Challacombe, a hamlet five miles west on the edge of Exmoor, the Black Venus is a traditional place with real ale and excellent food. Travel details Mlnehead to: Bishops Lydeard (mid-March to early Nov 4-8 daily; 1hr 15min); ...

Google previewVenus in the Dark (2013)

Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture by Janell Hobson

Whereas the Black Venus is an enticing representation of sexual- ized, exotic black femininity, the Savage Hottentot is a repulsive icon of wildness and monstrosity. Yet both representations elicit fear and attraction, which are combined and ...

Google previewUrban Bush Women (2010)

Twenty Years of African American Dance Theater, Community Engagement, and Working It Out by Nadine George-Graves

The Black Venus is a vexed label ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the British Short Story (2015)

by Andrew Maunder

Work Author: Angela Carter This story was originally published in 1980 in the series Next Editions and was reprinted in 1984 in Angela Carter's collection Black Venus. Thecommon concern ofthe stories gathered in this volume isthe ...

Google previewDictionary of Pub Names (2006)

Black Venus Challacombe ...

Google previewDictionary of Mexican Literature (1992)

by Eladio Cortés

La Venus negra (Black Venus) (México: Ireneo Paz, 1880). Novels: El tálamo y la horca (The Bridal Bed and the Scaffold) (México: Francisco Díaz de León y White , 1868). Lágrimas y sonrisas (Tears and Smiles) (México: Tomas Francisco ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Jazz Age (2015)

From the End of World War I to the Great Crash by James Ciment

Josephine Baker, sometimes referred to as the “Black Venus,” was ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Pulp Fiction Writers (2009)

by Lee Server

As Philip Atlee: Black Venus Contract, The (1975); Canadian ...

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