On Blackness and Noir in France : Rough Translation France is the place where for decades you weren't supposed to talk about someone's blackness, unless you said it in English. Today, we're going to meet the people who took a very French approach to change that.

We (Still) Don't Say That

We (Still) Don't Say That

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French actresses Nadege Beausson-Diagne, Mata Gabin, Maimouna Gueye, Eye Haidara, Rachel Khan, Aissa Maiga, Sara Martins, Marie-Philomene Nga, Sabine Pakora, Firmine Richard, Sonia Rolland, Magaajyia Silberfeld, Shirley Souagnon, Assa Sylla, Karidja Toure, at the 71st Cannes Film Festival. They together wrote the book "Noire n'est pas mon metier" (Black is not my job). REUTERS hide caption

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French actresses Nadege Beausson-Diagne, Mata Gabin, Maimouna Gueye, Eye Haidara, Rachel Khan, Aissa Maiga, Sara Martins, Marie-Philomene Nga, Sabine Pakora, Firmine Richard, Sonia Rolland, Magaajyia Silberfeld, Shirley Souagnon, Assa Sylla, Karidja Toure, at the 71st Cannes Film Festival. They together wrote the book "Noire n'est pas mon metier" (Black is not my job).

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Note: This story contains strong language in English and French.

France is the place where for decades you weren't supposed to talk about someone's blackness, unless you said it in English. Today, we're going to meet the people who took a very French approach to change that.

The episode features a new interview with Ngofeen Mputubwele about the ways the conversation around blackness in France has shifted in 2020, as the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States takes on increasing global significance.

Additional Context:

  • Noire N'est Pas Metier (which means, "Black is not my job"), a collection of essays written by sixteen black actresses about their experiences with racism in French cinema
  • Nelly Buffon, a literary consultant who launched a campaign to change the official French word for "ghostwriter"

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