Robin Bates

Robin Bates is the Founder and Executive Director of Maison Noire Américaine and Founder and Chief Culture Curator of Noirologie. Robin has dedicated over 20 years to highlighting the Black Diaspora in France. Fluent in French, Robin studied French language and culture at the Université de Paris, Sorbonne and returned to her native San Francisco with the vision to bring Paris’ Black culture to the forefront. In 1998, Bates launched the award-winning, Café de la Soul * Your Black Paris Portal, the first website highlighting the African American community in Paris. Bates expanded upon the concept of Café de la Soul to create Maison Noire Américaine, a more comprehensive organization and resource with an additional focus on fostering friendship and a deeper sense of community between diverse French, African American & Afro-Francophone cultures; and Noirologie, a cultural movement and lifestyle brand dedicated to highlighting the Black Diaspora in the areas of art, music, fashion, literature, film and travel.

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