Book Launch: “Kwame Brathwaite: Black Is Beautiful”

Join us for the New York City book launch of Kwame Brathwaite: Black Is Beautiful (Aperture), featuring the photography that helped popularized the slogan “Black Is Beautiful.” Brathwaite and his older brother, Elombe Brath, in the late 50’s and early 60’s, did their part to spread this idea through Brathwaite’s writings and photographs, as well as the activities of the two organizations they helped co-found: AJASS (1956) and the Grandassa Models (1962). Grandassa Models was founded to challenge white beauty standards. This monograph—the first ever dedicated to Brathwaite’s remarkable career—tells the story of a key, but under-recognized, figure of the second Harlem Renaissance.

The launch event will feature a conversation with Kwame S. Brathwaite, Archive Director; Tanisha C. Ford, author and historian; former Grandassa Model Eunice Townsend; moderated by Kimberly R. Drew, art curator, writer and social activist.

We welcome attendees to recreate looks and hair styles that pay homage to the “Naturally” fashion shows and cultural celebrations that are also reverberating in the current vernacular of Black style and culture.

ASL interpreters will be present for this event.

Books will be available in the Schomburg shop and a book signing will follow the program.











When: Tue., May 14, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd.
212-491-2200
Price: By donation
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Join us for the New York City book launch of Kwame Brathwaite: Black Is Beautiful (Aperture), featuring the photography that helped popularized the slogan “Black Is Beautiful.” Brathwaite and his older brother, Elombe Brath, in the late 50’s and early 60’s, did their part to spread this idea through Brathwaite’s writings and photographs, as well as the activities of the two organizations they helped co-found: AJASS (1956) and the Grandassa Models (1962). Grandassa Models was founded to challenge white beauty standards. This monograph—the first ever dedicated to Brathwaite’s remarkable career—tells the story of a key, but under-recognized, figure of the second Harlem Renaissance.

The launch event will feature a conversation with Kwame S. Brathwaite, Archive Director; Tanisha C. Ford, author and historian; former Grandassa Model Eunice Townsend; moderated by Kimberly R. Drew, art curator, writer and social activist.

We welcome attendees to recreate looks and hair styles that pay homage to the “Naturally” fashion shows and cultural celebrations that are also reverberating in the current vernacular of Black style and culture.

ASL interpreters will be present for this event.

Books will be available in the Schomburg shop and a book signing will follow the program.

Buy tickets/get more info now