Episode 11: Kévi Donat - "Why are there so many Black people in Paris?"
“Why are there so many Black people in Paris?” Believe it or not, Kévi Donat gets asked that question a lot. And he usually has a response.
That’s a good thing since he’s the founder of Le Paris Noir, a Paris walking tour company that provides clients with an opportunity to see the city of lights from a Black perspective.
We met first met Kévi’ in 2017 when he was featured on The Black Expat. Then, the Martinique raised Parisian discussed why he created his company, Le Paris Noir, to address the gaps in French history. Now at the end of 2020, he’s sharing his thoughts on what’s the same and what’s the change since we last spoke. A lot has been happening in France when it gets comes to cultural identity and we take dive into that conversation. We also explore the immigrant landscape, why the word (and idea of) multiculturalism can be a threat, and the increasing visibility of Black French stories.
You can view Kévi’s original interview: https://theblackexpat.com/le-paris-noir-kevi-donat/
You can also learn more about his work here: leparisnoir.com.
Below are some excerpts from Amanda’s conversation with Kévi.