Sun, Jul 30|
Sankofa Video & Books
AJASS: Pioneers of the Black is Beautiful Movement Film Screening & Discussion
Learn about the African Jazz Art Society and Studios and the creation of the Black is Beautiful Movement with Louise Dente's Film Screening and Panel Discussion featuring A. Peter Bailey.
Time & Location
Jul 30, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Sankofa Video & Books , 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
About The Event
The African Jazz-Art Society Studios (AJASS) was founded in 1956 by a group of four
talented creatives: Elombe Brath, Kwame Brathwaite, Bob Gumbs, and Chris Acemandese Hall.
Inspired by the writings of activist and Black nationalist Marcus Garvey, and his protégé, Carlos
Cook of the African Nationalist Pioneer Movement (ANPM), AJASS was a collective of artists,
playwrights, designers, musicians, and other Black creatives who sought to produce and
promote their own work. Elombe Brath said that one of AJASS’s primary purposes was to
“spread the idea of Black unity through appreciation of self, beauty of self — and to establish a
Dente’s documentary chronicles the journey of AJASS from its start in the South Bronx, where
they first hosted jazz concerts, to Harlem where their projects expanded helping to shape the
visual landscape of the second Harlem Renaissance in the process. It features commentary
from several prominent voices on the impact of AJASS and the Grandassa Models, a modeling
group created by AJASS for Black women, aiming to challenge white beauty standards.
This ticket grnts you one entrance into the screening. This ticket is non-refundable.$20.00