THE BEAUTY STANDARD

 

SEPTEMBER 9, 2017

VIDEO

PANEL DISCUSSIONS + PERFORMANCES + BEAUTY SUITE + VENDORS + MORE

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KEYNOTE: YABA BLAY

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.

A FLY GRL SHOUT TO OUR SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

 
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A SPECIAL Q&A WITH BLK GRL FLY FOUNDER, DAVITA GALLOWAY.