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Sloan Robinson Stars As Legendary Josephine Baker
By Sentinel News Service
Published February 26, 2009

Sloan Robinson to star as legendary Josephine Baker in "Bananas", at the Vintage Hollywood Private Club, Executive Producer, Leroy Richardson, III, Associate Producers, Michael Golden and Do It yourself Productions "Bananas" is a one-woman theatre cabaret based on the exciting life of Josephine Baker written by Sloan Robinson. Sloan Robinson is accompanied by pianist Aeros Pierce.

Josephine Baker overcame the limitations imposed by the color of her skin, to become one of the world's most versatile entertainers, performing on stage, screen and recordings. Baker was decorated for her undercover work for the French Resistance during World War II. She was a civil rights activist. Baker refused to perform for segregated audiences and integrated the Las Vegas nightclubs. Baker adopted twelve children from around the world whom she called her "Rainbow Tribe."

"Bananas" takes place in Paris, France l961. Baker's story has been told and re-told but Robinson's unique intimate portrayal gives us an opportunity to see the human side of Josephine Baker. Baker created her World Village at Chateau Les Milandes. "La" Baker had many comebacks in her life her last performance was the musical "Josephine" at the Bobino Music Hall in Paris 1975.

"Bananas" runs at the Vintage Hollywood Private Club, 4000 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019. The Vintage Hollywood Private club in the best kept secret in town. It's full of Black Hollywood Memorabilia for sale and for your viewing pleasure. Leroy Richardson III author of the book "Hollywood Tragedies" and club owner is also the set and costume designer for this amazing portrayal of the fabulous Josephine "La" Baker.

The production is co-sponsored by the William Grant Still Arts Center a facility of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Do It Yourself Productions has produced two award winning shows for which she's received two prestigious NAACP Theatre Award for Best Female Performance. In 2004 for her autobiographical one-woman play

"It's A Good Thing I Knew How To Dance" with the production receiving five nominations in other categories and in 2001 for her unforgettable portrayal of cinematic icon Dorothy Dandridge in "Yesterday Came Too Soon…The Dorothy Dandridge Story" written by Jamal Williams. Robinson was lauded by the critics for her Dorothy Dandridge performance… Robinson will undoubtedly resurrect the life of Josephine Baker in a way that it has never been done before.

This show is not to be missed!!!

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