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Modified 16-Feb-11
Created 14-Feb-11
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The last of the "Gallery Talks" by Kwame Brathwaite, Keeper of the Images gave rise to his legendary "Grandassa Models" inspired by Abbey Lincoln to be a natural black beauty. Everything about the black woman's natural beauty was proudly catwalked, sashayed, poised and posed like bronze sculptures. Bravo Mr. Brathwaite!
The original eight were: Clara Lewis, Black
Rose (Rose Nelmes), Priscilla Bardonille, Wanda Sims, Mari Toussaint, Esther Davenport, Beatrice Cramston, Namsa Brath.

Photographer: Adjua Mantebea

Kwame Brathwaite, Shimoda

Kwame Brathwaite, Shimoda

with Kwame Brathwaite, Shimoda (left) & mother Mrs. Emmanuel (right)

with Kwame Brathwaite, Shimoda (left) & mother Mrs. Emmanuel (right)

Kim R. George, Assoc. Dir. of Harlem Arts Alliance

Kim R. George, Assoc. Dir. of Harlem Arts Alliance

Kwame Brathwaite talks about the Grandassa Models.

Kwame Brathwaite talks about the Grandassa Models.

Eunice Townsend, Grandassa Model

Eunice Townsend, Grandassa Model

Kwame Brathwaite reminisces the topic of Grandassa

Kwame Brathwaite reminisces the topic of Grandassa

Mr. Brathwaite talks about the first appearance of the Grandassa Models.

Mr. Brathwaite talks about the first appearance of the Grandassa Models.

Eunice Townsend, former Grandassa Model

Eunice Townsend, former Grandassa Model

Mr. Brathwaite talks about debuting the Gandassa Models at Smalls Paradise

Mr. Brathwaite talks about debuting the Gandassa Models at Smalls Paradise

Ms. Townsend shares an essay.

Ms. Townsend shares an essay.

A great reunion!

A great reunion!

Bernice, former Grandassa Model

Bernice, former Grandassa Model

Bernice, former Grandassa Model

Bernice, former Grandassa Model

Bernice, former Grandassa Model

Bernice, former Grandassa Model

with former Grandass model Bernice

with former Grandass model Bernice

Kim George & Lisa Hayes with Mr. Brathwaite

Kim George & Lisa Hayes with Mr. Brathwaite

Kim George, the Grandassa Models, Kwame Brathwaite & Lisa Hayes

Kim George, the Grandassa Models, Kwame Brathwaite & Lisa Hayes

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