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“The Black Magnificence Impact” Docuseries Premieres at Howard College Blackburn Ballroom – The Hilltop


Photograph courtesy of Kelis George

On Wednesday, Nov. 16 within the Blackburn Ballroom, Xfinity premiered “The Black Magnificence Impact” docuseries. The three-part sequence comes out on Nov. 25 on the Black Expertise Channel, however Howard college students had an unique screening earlier than it was launched to the general public.

The docu-series showcases the historical past and celebration of Black magnificence and the African-American impression on the Magnificence trade. The sequence focuses on make-up, skincare, and hair whereas additionally that includes ladies like content material creator and sweetness influencer Jackie Aina, actress Megan Good, Black Opal CEO Desiree Rogers, and Howard alumnae magnificence editors Maya Alam and Kahlana Barfield Brown.

The primary a part of the sequence covers the make-up trade and the way Black ladies needed to pave their method into the very restricted trade. Within the early phases of the sweetness trade, it was solely accustomed to white magnificence akin to skinny lips, straight hair, and honest pores and skin. Qualities related to Africana have been labeled “inferior” by European colonists because the antithesis of attractiveness. It wasn’t till the primary Black innovators like Anthony Overton, Barbara Walden and Anitta Patti Brown determined to take over the beauty trade creating beauty merchandise for Black ladies.

Creator and government producer, Andrea Lewis, who’s finest identified for her position as Hazel Aden in “Degrassi The Subsequent Technology,” shares her inspiration to create this sequence from her expertise in tv and movie.

“I’ve seen many experiences in a hair and make-up room from a really early age and noticed the challenges of being in that house as a black particular person,” Aden mentioned. “Usually if you go right into a hair and make-up room, there’s not at all times an individual of coloration there to do your hair.”

The sequence begins by exhibiting that the Sixties kick-started Black energy and the Black artwork motion, which gave individuals celebratory photos of Black individuals. White beauty corporations realized Black ladies purchase many make-up merchandise however did not have the information of the proper shades for Black ladies.

Black businesswoman Eunice Johnson’s firm, Style Truthful, took magnificence to the subsequent stage within the Nineteen Seventies. Black runway fashions did not have make-up that labored for them they used lotions and brown eyebrow pigment to make basis. Whereas corporations weren’t fascinated about making darker colours so she did that herself. Manufacturers like MAC Cosmetics’ inclusivity led the best way within the Nineties by signing expertise that different manufacturers would not, like drag star RuPaul, R&B singer Mary J. Blige and rapper Lil’ Kim. This was the primary time Black ladies started to see ladies who seemed like them in make-up adverts with basis shades that truly matched their pores and skin tone, with out white casts or grey undertones.

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Black magnificence editors have been additionally a subject mentioned within the sequence as to how quickly this trade started to vary. Mikki Taylor was one of many few Black magnificence administrators to vary the blueprint of Black magnificence editors. There have been just a few Black ladies within the room for many years,

with only a few Black magnificence editors. Howard alumna Kahlana Barfield Brown recounted experiences on product launches, but it surely was very clear to her that these merchandise weren’t made for her. Kahlana additional defined seeing the growth of the sweetness trade from content material creators moving into the scene at magnificence occasions, and ultimately over time, changing into extra concerned in magnificence occasions and product launches.

Photograph courtesy of Kelis George

Content material creator Shalom Blanc recounted not having shades that might match her and mechanically selecting the darkest shades attainable as a result of choices have been so restricted for darker pores and skin tones. Massive corporations started to appreciate the influencer content material creators have a hand in on what black ladies purchase attributable to their product evaluations. This shift provides management again to shoppers as a result of content material creators create the narrative of how manufacturers symbolize the Black neighborhood. Content material creators at the moment are holding manufacturers accountable for his or her inclusivity of all pores and skin tones. This grew to become the voice for different Black ladies and might discuss what Black ladies wanted and wished.

Cj Faison, one of many government producers, helped Lewis develop her thought of ​​The Black Magnificence Impact as a result of he acknowledged the house Black ladies wanted. After graduating from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical College (FAMU), he talked about how he entered the company world. Being a FAMU alum, he shared perception about letting one’s work make room for them and add worth to corporations so pores and skin coloration will not matter, particularly after leaving an HBCU. “I simply confirmed up ready, confirmed up sharp and folks revered that.”

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