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In a world where everyday it seems things can’t get worse for us as a people sometimes you just wanted to feel supported, uplifted, and celebrated as beautiful. Proctor and Gamble’s My Black is Beautiful initiative is offering a way to make that happen with an #AllTogetherBeautiful social challenge encouraging Black women to publicly acknowledge other Black women in their circles who are all together beautiful, and have them do the same so the love just keeps on going.
So often we think of beauty as a purely physical thing, but the #AllTogetherBeautiful campaign is about redefining the standard of beauty “as a standard that defines beauty by integrity, strength, character and spirit, as well as values positive actions, and celebrates those who are reaffirm this standard everyday.” That sentiment filled the room at the Imagine a Future celebration dinner here in New York City in mid-June and flowed through all of Proctor & Gamble’s events at Essence Festival Fourth of July weekend. Through you and the fabulous women in your circle the positivity can continue to live on via social media by joining in the challenge yourself. All you have to do is follow these three steps:
1. Record a video that celebrates a woman whom you believe is “All Together Beautiful”
2. Share this video across your social media pages using the hashtags #MBIB & #AllTogetherBeautiful
3. Challenge another woman by tagging them on social media to do the same for someone else
For more info, visit www.myblackisbeautiful.com and check out some of the highlights of the #AllTogetherBeautiful festivities to date below.
Famed choreographer Laurieann Gibson teaches us the Move with Confidence dance at EssenceFest. For the full step-by-step instructions, check out this video here.
India Arie discusses the biggest influence on how she sees herself in the #AllTogetherBeautiful Social Newsroom During EssenceFest with Jessica Andrews.
LeToya Luckett spills her beauty secrets in the #AllTogetherBeautiful Social Newsroom During EssenceFest with Ty Alexander of GorgeousinGrey.com.
Laurieann Gibson offers advice on moving with confidence throughout life with Christen Rochon of DivasandDorks.com.
If you’re a new mom wondering how to celebrate this Mother’s Day let My Black Is Beautiful, singer Kelly Rowland and blogger Christina Brown lead the way. They’ve partnered with baby brands Pampers and Dreft to give new moms a place to share their special moments.
Perhaps you’re like Kelly whose most memorable moment was the first time she looked into her son’s eyes. Or maybe you can relate to the sense of accomplishment felt by Christina after she threw her daughter’s first birthday party. “It meant so much to have completed that first year successfully and then to celebrate that with family and friends was just so amazing.”
They also have new mommy tips.
Christina who is both a fashion and baby blogger wants you to know the importance of “preserving your chic” post baby, as well as why to steer clear of ‘mommy guilt.’ “We can’t fall prey to thinking that we’re not doing enough. We’re doing the best we can.”
If MBIB, Pampers and Dreft are banking on the fact that people trust them to help build a sense of community, it’s working. Both Kelly and Christina say they were fans of the products before they were ever approached about this campaign. Dreft Ambassador Kelly says, “I was washing my baby’s clothes and sheets in Dreft before he was even born. So when they contacted me I said,’Absolutely!'”
Christina says she’s been using Pampers Swaddlers on her 15 month-old daughter since the day she was born so working with them really is a “perfect fit.”
As for My Black Is Beautiful, well, everyone knows they’re a leader in female empowerment so when all these components come together who can say ‘no?’
So here’s what you can do…
Go to My Black Is Beautiful or Babybrownsugar.com and talk about your new mommy moments, both good and bad, using #MBIBMoms. “It’s helpful to see what other moms are going through, especially on those days when you want to go cry in a corner,” says Christina.
Kelly Rowland agrees. She wishes someone had told her how hard it would be to travel with a baby on a plane. “It was definitely something I had to figure out on my own. I finally discovered that all I need is my Bjorn carrier and a backpack.”
It’s all about building a community and sparking conversations, which is why Christina says veteran moms are welcome too. “We definitely want veteran moms to stop by and share tips. You never stop learning.”
Share your beautiful mommy moments with the #MBIBMoms hashtag for a chance to be featured on the MBIB social pages.
Also share at Christina’s blog, Baby Brown Sugar
Lisa Nichols Helps With The Ambassador Search For The My Black Is Beautiful “Beauty In Action” Campaign
Lisa Nichols, author, life coach, motivational speaker and CEO of Motivating the Masses, recently added the title of ambassador to her resume.
Nichols has taken the role seriously, partnering with the beauty brands of Proctor & Gamble to initiate My Black is Beautiful’s “Beauty in Action” campaign, which launched March 10.
MBIB, which began in 2006, created the 30-day “Beauty in Action” challenges to not only celebrate, support and embrace African-American women and girls, but to also re-define what “Black beauty” is. Nichols, who has created her own beauty in action video for each day of the action challenge, said in an interview with MadameNoire, that the campaign “initiates one of the largest online community conversations with African-American women about self-acceptance.” And with a constant flow of uplifting videos, affirmations, and inspirational words, featured on MyBlackIsBeautiful.com and Facebook at #MBIB, it is evident that women and young girls across the country are defining their own beauty every day.
Nichols is also heading up the campaign’s five-city search where six “Beauty in Action” Ambassadors will be selected to serve as role models for African American girls across the nation. The search, which is in partnership with Road to Essence events at select Walmart locations, kicked off in Atlanta on April 26, and will continue in Chicago May 3, in Dallas on May 10, and in D.C./Maryland on May 17. While the submission process has ended, 100 semi-finalists will compete live at each Road to Essence event and the final six ambassadors will be announced at this year’s BET Awards in June.
As the competition comes to a close, Nichols took some time out to share with MadameNoire readers why the campaign has impacted her personally and how it can help Black women everywhere “learn to love themselves.”
MadameNoire: What is it about the My Black is Beautiful initiative that made you want to team up?
Lisa Nichols:I’m extremely excited about being a part of My Black is Beautiful and the Proctor &Gamble team because its whole initiative is for Black women to honor who we are, as we are. My journey to loving myself was long and difficult — with many bumps — but now I love myself as is, with my full lips, round hips, and kinky hair. I’m grateful for the chance to be able to encourage other African-American women to do the same.
MN: What are the most important things that MBIB does?
Nichols: It does two critical things. First, it facilitates and supports more self-acceptance for women of color. We don’t normally see ourselves portrayed as the normal standard of beauty. Second, it initiates one of the largest online community conversations with African-American women about self-acceptance. We normally grow alone. Even worse, at times, we outgrow each other. This campaign allows us to hold on to each and every one of our sisters.
How My Black Is Beautiful’s “Imagine A Future” Documentary Proves The Cycle Of Self-Hate Can Be Broken
I’ve always had much respect for Proctor and Gamble’s “My Black Is Beautiful” campaign. After all it was started by six black women at the company and they do good work. And while the campaign seeks to uplift black women, I also realize it’s a way for P&G to continue to make money. Now, I’m not mad at them. We all want to make money. But since they are trying to make money, I’ll admit that I process their media differently than I would other P&G advertising. I’m constantly watching to make sure it’s still honest and that we, black women, aren’t being further exploited by another huge corporation.
And I can honestly say I haven’t seen that. The campaign has been run quite nicely. And that track record of fairness didn’t falter when they released a documentary entitled “Imagine a Future.”
Directed and produced by filmmaking heavy hitters like Lisa Cortes, Academy Award nominated for her producing role in Precious, directed by Shola Lynch, director of Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners and executive produced by “Black Girls Rock” founder Beverly Bond, the film had the right people behind the project.
And all of that came across in the story which follows Janet Goldsboro, a high school student who struggles with beauty and self esteem issues. Throughout the documentary we watch as Janet transforms when she visits South Africa to learn about the historical and societal context associated with being a black woman.
During her trip Janet learns about beauty standards that vary and are similar to the ones she’s been grown up with in the U.S. Her South African friend tells her that nobody wants to be skinny in South Africa but when she goes to the market, she sees how many places sell skin bleaching cream. There she learns about the earliest human ancestors, found in Africa and learns the tragic story of Sarah Baartman as she visited her gravesite.
After her trip to South Africa the change in Janet was visible. She went from a girl who was insecure about her looks and self confidence to a young woman who actively sought the standards of beauty that best matched her own. She started researching the history that was left out of her school’s curriculum so by knowing the truth of her past she could take pride in the young woman she is today.
Interspersed between Janet’s inspirational story, we hear black women like Gabourey Sidibe, Michaela Angela Davis, Tatyana Ali, Melissa Harris-Perry and Gabby Douglass talk about achieving their own self confidence and what makes them beautiful. It may sound cheesy but it was powerful. So powerful in fact that my mom leaned over to my sister and I and asked “why our black was beautiful?” We had to tell her not to ask the stranger sitting next to her because it really is a loaded question. The film really makes you think about your own levels of self confidence and beauty standards affect your everyday lives.
I walked out of the filming feeling hopeful and uplifted. Not to use one to tear down another but in many ways “Imagine A Future” filled the holes that “Dark Girls” didn’t. It talked about the lack of self esteem, the beauty standards many black women don’t meet but it also showed how that cycle can be broken. How these feelings don’t have to be permanent. And how, at the end of the day, we can be the solutions to our own insecurities.
Check out the trailer for the documentary on the next page.
Last week Sanaa Lathan participated in P&G's My Black is Beautiful Beauty Box event in NYC and we got a chance to chat with the lovely lady for a few minutes about embracing one's own beauty and, slightly related, what she finds beautiful in a man.
The 41-year-old who is prepping for the release of "The Best Man 2" this fall, gave us some real insight into true beauty and where that really comes from and when it comes to dating, let's just say she's open. Check out what one of our favorite women in Hollywood had to say up top. Don't you just love her?!
By now most African-American women are aware of the My Black Is Beautiful initiative by Procter & Gamble. Seven years running, the campaign presented a screening of Imagine a Future in conjunction with the Tribeca Film Festival, which is taking place now. The film aims to empower African-American women and addresses such complex issues as beauty, self-esteem, and skin tone.
“I didn’t look like what I saw in a magazine,” says Dover, Del., teenager Janet Goldsboro, who is in the documentary. “I look different from all my cousins. I had dark features, dark hair, dark eyes, big nose and big lips, and I used to get made fun of because of how I looked.”
She adds: “Boys say, ‘I like the light-skinned girls,’ or, ‘I like white girls because I want my baby to come out pretty.’ And that hurts you because it makes you feel like you’re ugly looking.”
The documentary was co-directed by Shola Lynch, whose documentary Free Angela and All Political Prisoners about Angela Davis is in theaters now and getting rave reviews. Record company executive Lisa Cortes co-directed and produced the documentary. Cortez was an executive producer for the Oscar-winning movie Precious.
The 30-minute documentary will screen on BET on July 5.
According to The New York Times, the filmmakers discovered Goldsboro through Black Girls Rock!, the Brooklyn nonprofit with programs including a summer leadership camp that Goldsboro attended last year, which has the annual star-studded televised event you’ve no doubt watched. Procter & Gamble supports Black Girls Rock! financially through My Black Is Beautiful.
The film also follows Goldsboro’s visit to South Africa and includes interviews with such dynamic women as writer/cultural critic Michaela Angela Davis, Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, and Melissa Harris-Perry, the MSNBC host.
While in South Africa, the issue of skin color is also raised. “In the documentary, Ms. Goldsboro visits a market in Johannesburg with Lebogang Mashile, a poet, actress and activist, and says, ‘I heard that in South Africa that skin bleaching is a big problem here?’” reports the newspaper. To which Mashile replies: “It’s been a problem for a long time. It’s self-hate, it’s not having enough mirrors that affirm you.”
The Times notes that the film fails to mention that Olay, a Procter & Gamble brand, markets skin-lightening products worldwide. Their White Radiance is sold in such countries as Malaysia and Singapore; another, Natural White, is sold in India, United Arab Emirates and elsewhere.
And in South Africa, Olay just recently introduced a skin-lightening line called Even & Smooth. “A new commercial features Gail Nkoane, a singer and actress, who applies the product and is instantly bathed in light, giving the effect of her skin becoming several shades lighter,” writes the Times. Do you think this makes a difference? Feel free to post your thoughts in the comments.
More than just a film, Imagine A Future, is its own campaign that includes donations made to the United Negro College Fund ($100,000 worth), sponsorship of the Black Girls Rock! Queens Camp, workshops, and more. You can learn more about the campaign on its Facebook page.
To celebrate her new book Profit With Purpose: A Marketer’s Guide to Delivering Purpose-Driven Campaigns to Multicultural Audiences, author and EGAMI Consulting Group founder Teneshia Jackson Warner teamed up with Dinner With Bevy‘s Bevy Smith for a dinner party/awards ceremony/”discotheque” (Smith’s word) at New York’s Beauty & Essex. The soiree was also focused on the cause-related work of the night’s honorees: P&G’s program My Black is Beautiful; Budget Fashionista and founder of digitalundivided (DID), Kathryn Finney; Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond; celebrity stylist and host of ABC World News’ Cause Celeb with Phillip Bloch, Phillip Bloch; Disney’s Dreamers Academy, a program working in partnership with Essence and Steve Harvey to help high school students reach their career goals; and chef/reality TV star Chef Roble.
We’re going to have more from Warner about cause marketing and her book later this week. But the need for good works in the world is strong enough that we wanted to give the awards ceremony its own little shout out.
The 2012 Purpose Awards Dinner (#profitwithpurpose) was meant, according to the evening’s program, to celebrate with “a night of purpose” and “continue to drive the conversation.” The evening highlighted the social responsibility initiatives of the honorees, and the innovative approach with which they’re tackling their businesses, organizations, or passion projects.
When accepting his award, Bloch said, “When someone shines a light, we all shine a little brighter,” speaking to why it’s important for everyone to do what they can and then cheer that work to take it even further.
But before the accolades, one has to get started. In her acceptance speech, Bond said she only wanted to make a cool t-shirt when she started. Today, Black Girls Rock! has a televised awards ceremony that uplifts not just young girls, but women also.
When presenting the award, Warner thanked Bond for answering her calling. “We’re so happy that you said yes,” said Warner.
“We’re all connected and we’re all affected,” said Bond during her acceptance speech.
And if that wasn’t enough, there was good food, good music (Talib Kweli was DJing, with Bond jumping into the booth for a few minutes), and cocktails aplenty. Party with a purpose…
Black Girls Rock! (BGR) in partnership with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and P&G’s My Black is Beautiful campaign has launched the Imagine a Future Project, a program that, according to BGR founder Beverly Bond, will “empower and touch the lives of one million girls over the course of three years.” Through this program, there will be a national and regional (and perhaps worldwide) push to continue BGR’s philanthropic work with and on behalf of African-American girls.
As you probably know, Black Girls Rock! is the nonprofit organization dedicated to mentoring and uplifting black girls while also tackling issues associated with media depictions of black women and girls. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the organization per se, you likely recognize the name from the BET awards show that airs annually. No doubt, you’ve heard of the United Negro College Fund (“A mind is a terrible thing to waste”), which has been around for more than 40 years. And perhaps you know My Black is Beautiful because you’re friends with it on Facebook. The campaign has 761,000 Facebook likes, a website and tons of exposure through P&G’s promotion. The partnership was facilitated by PR and marketing firms Egami Consulting Group and MSLGroup. If you’re unfamiliar with Egami, click here to watch our She’s The Boss video with CEO Teneshia Jackson Warner.
Bring them together and you have a program that targets and supports black women and girls in their personal lives and public portrayals.
A Partnership Focused on African-American Women and Girls
P&G’s My Black is Beautiful sponsored BGR Queens’ Camp for Leadership and Excellence, a two-week program that took place this month and hosted 50 girls between the ages of 13 and 17. On August 1, those 50 girls made a trip to Egami and MSLGroup, who hosted an event offering a “day in the life” of a multicultural PR agency like Egami.
“There’s an expectation for brands to have a presence in the communities in which they live,” Warner told us. “As we build campaigns, we’ll find synergies to bring in community partners.” Moreover, Egami wants to include staff members, which is why the firm participated in the event. And the young participants learned that the information they collect every day — what’s in, what’s new, what’s exciting — is just the stuff that’s critical to a career in PR.
According to Bond, she was approached with the idea for these sorts of partnered initiatives, something that happens quite often because of the unique, high-profile nature of her organization.
“We make sure people just aren’t supporting the TV show and the glam, but the work we do,” Bond says. Still, she says, she is the “majority owner” of BGR, the beating heart of the organization. “That’s probably the biggest misconception. BET doesn’t support our nonprofit,” she continues. “It’s tough getting people to recognize that we need the help. We’re doing everything that nonprofits should be doing, but it’s still tough.”
Essence Music Festival was truly a star-studded event but aside from the concerts and celebrity sightings there was a one booth at the convention center that was extremely popular among patrons. It was the "My Black is Beautiful" booth. We caught up with media maven and fashion expert Bevy Smith to explain why the booth attracted so many women and why the "My Black is Beautiful" movement is so important.
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Here at the My Black is Beautiful booth at the Essence Music Festival, there’s a team of makeup artists giving visitors complete Covergirl Queen Collection makeovers. One of them, Thomas Dye, spoke exclusively with Madame Noire about black women’s skin tone, tips for the summer heat and empowering women through makeup.
In the summer time, we’re sweating and we don’t want a whole lot on our faces. How should we adapt our makeup routines in the summertime?
What you want to do is go to a lighter coverage because it’s summertime. Because like you said, you’re sweating and you don’t want your makeup to start to run. If you wear a cream in the winter, I would put you in a liquid in the summer. That’s going to be a lot lighter and it’s a lot easier for you to put on. A lot of people use a lot of bronzer in the summer time, but moisturize your skin very good and just bronze it very heavily. That’s going to give you the same effect. Some of them have gold particles and some of them don’t have particles. I use a lot of bronzers in the summer time because it’s lightweight, you moisturize your skin and just buff the powder right into your skin.
What’s the difference between doing makeup for black women as opposed to a women without a darker skin tone?
There’s about a 168 different ranges of black women. Caucasian women, it’s probably about four. So you have to understand the color tones that come out of everybody’s skin. Some people have yellow undertones, red undertones and gold undertones. The difference is just understanding their skin tone and blending that. You put the wrong color on, it’s going to show.
A lot of black women feel like, I don’t need makeup, I’m gorgeous without it. What do you think about that?
I do think they’re gorgeous without it. Makeup is not a coverup, it’s an enhancement. It’s not meant to change your whole look, it’s just meant to improve what you already have. A lot of people don’t wear makeup and a lot of people say, ‘I just wear lipstick and lip gloss or something.’ That’s still makeup because you’re putting the color in your skin.
But a lot of women just don’t understand how to apply the right color. A lot of women go to the stores and they can’t try makeup on in a drugstore, so they have to start with somebody showing them what color they have. Once somebody shows you what your color is, you can go back and buy. You’re going to change your foundation twice, because you have a summer foundation and a winter foundation. You’re much darker in the summer than you are in the winter.
What’s everybody’s favorite product over here, so far?
The favorite product that everybody’s liking, is this Covergirl Natural. It fits everybody. I like using it because it gives me that natural look that I need. For a lot of people, that’ve never worn makeup, I don’t put them in any wild color. I put them in a natural color, that they’re comfortable with because if they’ve never worn it before and all of a sudden, I put a blue on them, it throws them off.
Why is it important that you’re here at the My Black is Beautiful booth?
It’s important for me to be here because I believe in the movement, the movement of empowering women. It’s what I do. Even as a makeup artist, it’s still empowering women. Every woman that sits in my chair, I try to talk to them about something that’s going to empower them. If it’s as simple as doing their makeup, that lifts a lot of people’s spirits. If they’ve never had makeup done, and you change their look, that lifts their spirits, if they’re having a bad day, it might lift their day. You never know what’s going on in a person’s life and just the smallest thing, as far as doing an eyeshadow and a lipstick and encouraging them, it changes their life. So I believe in the movement.
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