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Kwame Brathwaite's Untitled

Art

The celebration of Black beauty has often been set against the struggle for freedom. In the early 1960s, the “Black is Beautiful” movement began to challenge prevailing beauty standards by adopting natural hairstyles and pan-African inspired dress. This print by photographer Kwame Brathwaite shows the Grandassa Models, a group of African American women who celebrated their heritage.