These are the women of Rodeo Caldonia, a group of performers based in Fort Greene in the 1980s and 90s. They were part of a greater cultural movement in the area, that was largely male-dominated (i.e. Spike Lee’s offices). Lisa Jones, who wrote the play “Combination Skin,” said this about the group:
We are smart-ass girls with a sense of entitlement, who avail ourselves of the goods of two continents, delight in our sexual bravura, and live womanism as pleasure, not academic mandate…. We didn’t come together around a rigid ideology or fixed notions of black identity. We came simply to break bread and share our yearnings…. Outside of debates on employment rights, abortion, child care, and whether feminism serves women of color—and the other big politics of the movement—what has kept me interested in feminism and identifying is the pleasure.
I think I am putting this image on the Internet for the first time. I don’t know what magazine it was in originally, but you can hear Lisa Jones talk more about it in the documentary Brooklyn Boheme.