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"BEAUTIFUL IS BLACK" evokes the Black Pride Movement of the 1960s and 1970s through its bold colors and symbols. The prominent figure of a woman with an Afro hairstyle immediately calls to mind the embrace of natural black beauty during this period. Her expressive eyes seem to gaze right through the viewer, conveying a sense of dignity and self-assurance. The bright purples, reds, and golds of her earring and skin  create a dynamic, energized feeling. The inclusion of a raised Black Power fist drive home themes of Black unity, power, and celebration of heritage so central to this historical movement. Through simple yet symbolic elements, the piece captures the emotional and psychological awakening of a people now firmly declaring that “Black is Beautiful."

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