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NYC : “Black Is Beautiful”: Fashion and Consciousness

  • The museum of the city of New York 1220 Fifth Avenue NYC, NY 10029 USA (map)

About the Speakers:

Kwame Brathwaite has been considered the ever-present documentary photographer of the Black Arts & Culture movement. He started as a jazz photographer and helped to form the African Jazz Art Society and Studios (AJASS), which launched the “Black Is Beautiful” movement through concerts, fashion shows, events, and photographs. He also took pictures of iconic events, such as the Rumble in the Jungle and The Jackson Five’s trip to Africa in 1974.

Kwame S. Brathwaite, son of photographer Kwame Brathwaite, manages his father's photographic archive and engages in collaborative projects that reflect the varied themes of his father's work: activism, politics, fashion, and music.

Tanisha C. Ford is Associate Professor of Black American Studies and History at the University of Delaware. She is the author of Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul (University of North Carolina Press, 2015).