Created to uplift and celebrate, BLK GRL FLY is for us, by us and is an inclusive platform. We exist to play a key role in unifying and healing our community, by means of shattering stereotypes and inundating our work and play areas with positivity. Truth is, we are larger than what mainstream media mentions and, frankly, it's our turn to share our experiences, our stories and our worth as we are apart of a magical and resilient tribe, #TeamBlkGrlFly!






Eventbrite - #TeamBlkGrlFly presents THE BEAUTY STANDARD


Dr. Yaba Blay is a professor, producer,  and #ProfessionalBlackGirl. Named to The Root 100 (2014), an annual list of top Black influencers, Dr. Blay is one of today’s leading voices on colorism and global skin color politics. Her commentary has been featured on CNN, BET, MSNBC, NPR, Ebony MagazineThe Philadelphia Inquirer, The Root, Huffington Post Live, Colorlines, Al Jazeera America and elsewhere. Applauded by O, The Oprah Magazine in May 2016 for her social media activism, Dr. Blay is the creator of a number of campaigns including the LOCS of LOVE care package, the #PrettyPeriod movement, and #PrettyLipsPeriod.

In 2012, she served as a Consulting Producer for CNN Black in America – “Who is Black in America?” – a television documentary inspired by the scope of her book project, (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race. In addition to her production work for CNN, Dr. Blay is the executive producer on a transmedia film project focused on the global practice of skin bleaching (with director Terence Nance); and has co-written a feature-length film entitled Black Sunshine (with director Akosua Adoma Owusu). In 2016, she produced a video celebration of #BlackGirlMagic entitled “Professional Black Girl,” and is currently producing a docuseries focused on Black hair culture, entitled “Adventures at Beauty World.”

Dr. Blay received her BA in Psychology (Cum Laude) from Salisbury State University, M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from the University of New Orleans, and M.A. and Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University with a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. She is currently the Dan Blue Endowed Chair in Political Science at North Carolina Central University. 



For many years, the value of a black woman's beauty was based off complexion and quality of hair. This skewed idea of beauty resulted in a sense of division that has reverberated throughout decades and is the experience of countless black women.

However, in alignment with other beauty projects and platforms that seek more, #TeamBlkGrlFly presents 'The Beauty Standard.' With the focus on beauty, hair and happiness, finances, as well as overall health and wellness, ‘The Beauty Standard’ is a weekend happening, taking place in Charlotte (the Queen City) in Fall ’17. Slated for September 9th, 'The Beauty Standard' was created to celebrate and highlight women of color—allowing us to enjoy each other’s company and invest in our brands, all the while proclaiming and acknowledging that we are the standard of beauty.

To be clear, we are so much more than the societal norms of beauty pushed in current media outlets! All of us with our various hues, textures of hair and shape of body are forces to be reckoned with and while this is a family-friendly event, this one is for us, sis! CHEERS!

'The Beauty Standard' believes in our magic and via an array of workshops and demonstrations, discussions and presentations, entertainment and celebrity guests, attendees will become educated, empowered and armed to battle society’s ‘labels’ and stereotypes. More, those in attendance, will be uplifted and leave with a greater sense of self and community.

Further, as many festivals and hair tours focus on the natural female, 'The Beauty Standard' will be a breath of fresh air as it encompasses and welcomes all textures. Whether you’re relaxed or natural, 'The Beauty Standard' salutes and celebrates you as it seeks to reflect both uniqueness and oneness, while honoring women of color in the Charlotte community and beyond.






Eventbrite - #TeamBlkGrlFly presents THE BEAUTY STANDARD


Ke’Andrea “Kiki” Ayers is an Entertainment Journalist and Producer. Growing up in a single parent household, Ayers uses the struggles of her past to motivate her future. From growing up poor, she reflects on a time when she lived in a 1996 white Ford Taurus with her mom, sister and brother at the age of 16. Ayers said that didn’t stop her from making honors in high school but pushed her to take her education to the next level.

At the age of 16 she started attending a community college and graduated with both her high school diploma and Associates Degree in Communications. In 2008, Ayers transferred to Howard University in Washington, DC where she graduated with a
degree in Broadcast Journalism.She got her start in the entertainment industry by interning in the Promotions Department with DC’s #1 radio station WPGC 95.5 FM.  It didn’t take Ayers long
before she made her mark within the company and earned the nickname “super intern.”

She continued to land internships with notable companies such as MTV, Atlantic Records and NBC News.In January of 2010, Ayers started interning with BET and just 3 weeks into the internship she was employed as a Production Assistant. Ayers started working major productions in college and to date her production credits include but
are not limited to the MTVU Sun Music Festival, WPGC Birthday Bash, BET Awards, BET Hip-Hop Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Super Bowl XLV, BET Rip The Runway, and The Grammy’s. Ayers moved to New York After graduation to pursue her career in television. While in New York, she worked on the Jerry Springer show. She also worked on shows such as Guy Code, Girl Code and Wild N Out at MTV2 while freelancing with MTV News. Ayers quit her job at MTV2, packed her bags and moved to Atlanta. After just 2 days in the ATL, she landed a job as an Associate Producer, working on a reality
show on BBC America. After just 3 weeks in Atlanta, she moved to LA after getting a job offer to work with Entertainment Mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs as a Music Programming Coordinator at REVOLT TV. In addition to working at REVOLT, Ayers is a freelance host and journalist for XXL, EURweb and Global Grind.

Via testimonials, images, merchandise and a host of events, we will take flight. Join us and see what we're serving by following @TeamBlkGrlFly on Instagram.

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