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Black Venus (Venus Noire)

Earlier this summer I saw a movie that still haunts my dreams. Titled Black Venus (Venus Noire) it tells the real-life story of a black woman born circa 1770 who was turned into a sideshow attraction known as ‘The Hottentot Venus’. Born Sarah ‘Saartjie’ Baartman in South Africa, she was taken to Europe during the early 19th century and was exploited and exhibited as a part-human, part-animal attraction for both entertainment and educational purposes. And when her “act” lost appeal, she was tossed out on the streets like garbage and eventually turned to prostitution. She subsequently died of pneumonia and […]

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