The Black Lives Matter movement in the US started conversations all over the world about police brutality and race.
Cecile Emeke, a black British film maker, started a documentary series called “Strolling” (or “Flâner” in French) where she interviewed black people living in global cities, like Paris, London and New York, about different aspects of modern black culture and African diaspora.
In this video, Emeke interviewed Kévi, a black Frenchmen who has lived in both France and in Martinique. He talked about what it’s like to be black in France, police presence in French neighborhoods, and about black literary movements such as the “Négritude” movement, which began in the 1930s with francophone African writers and poets such as Aimé Césaire and Léopold Sédar Senghor.
This video is a good reminder that the Quartier Latin of Paris holds more than just Shakespeare & Co. It is also the home of historical French African cultural and literary places, such Presence African, the bookstore that housed the Négritude movement.