that's so cool attai. i know a little bout aa influence in the UK and germany. i need to study up on paris, for sure.
sure Sir. African Americans in France have been real big shots : i've taken a pic of the building where Richard Wright lived rue Monsieur-le-Prince if my memory is correct : there is a plaque. We've not found yet where James Baldwin was located but we had drinks at the café- still there - on the boulevard Saint-Germain where many prominent AAs went by in the 1950's.
Even Romare Bearden spent a year in France with a GI grant after WWII and i was forgetting Langston Hughes in the mid 1920's who was first a waiter in Adda Bricktop's first club.
Sidney Bechet who is more famous in France than in the US and founded the festival of Juan-les-Pins in the South of France
L'Olympia - still there - has been hosting most of the top famous jazz musicians and Josephine had quite some triumphs there even when she was older ; here former castle of Les Milandes is now a museum dedicated to her.
Black American's presence is maybe deeper rooted in France because of the WWI and the major impact on AAs even with the 1919 tragic bashing of Black veterans who had been seen as human beings by most of the French and were facing Jim Crow back home. There has been a real "love affair" between France and African Americans from the 1920's to early 1960's.
oh the movie director Melvin van Peebles still lives in France and his cinema career was made possible by his French experience.
Have a look on Tyler Stovall's book sir, it's worth to have and read.