Not long after she embedded herself within Pompano Beach’s black community, photographer Johanne Rahaman was invited to a 115-year-old grandmother’s birthday party. There, at a rental hall in Pompano’s Old Town neighborhood, she witnessed a Haitian ritual that surprised her: Grandma Doris-Lee, whom the family affectionately called Gran Dor, was busy having five- and 20-dollar bills pinned to her dress by a granddaughter. The granddaughter leaned over and — snap! — Rahaman’s photograph caught the moment Gran Dor received a smooch on the cheek.


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