Unable to find success in America’s white entertainment industry, Josephine Baker (1906-75) became a national treasure in her adopted homeland of France. She eventually achieved international fame as a singer, dancer, and film actress. She also worked for the French Resistance during World War II, fought racism by adopting a multi-ethnic “Rainbow Tribe” of 12 children, and stood by the side of Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 1963 March on Washington.

Jane Ellen passionately shares her eclectic interests via the marvels of the internet from her home in Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in all aspects of music and entertainment history, she strives to bring her subjects to life while seeking to make a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as a scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.