The proprietor said he wanted to re-open a historic Parisian venue with its original name.
Le Bal Nègre (“The Negro Ball”) was a popular Paris night spot in the 1920s and 30s that featured black artists. It was patronized by black Parisians, as well as the white crowds that came to revel in — and exotify — the music and culture of French colonial territories in the Caribbean and Africa.
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Guillaume Cornut, a white former day trader and pianist, is re-opening the original “Negro Ball” venue in March and wanted to keep the old name — but people weren’t having it.
“I want to bring back the Negro Ball in its original cabaret atmosphere, with tables, a bar, and right in the middle, lots of music and a cocktail of cultures,” he told AFP in a 2015 interview.
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