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Are we leaving our elderly Black community behind? Senior Editor James R. Sanders recounts his grandmother’s upbringing and love for fashion.

My grandmother (right) and her mother (left)

As a grown child would an elderly parent, she cared for her clothes with sweet sanctimonious reverence — and when she wore them, they cared for her with the same regard. There…




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James R. Sanders

James R. Sanders

Culture + Fashion Journalist. Author of forthcoming, Reparations for Style & Soul. Twitter @JamesRSanders

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