Episode 6: Representation Matters Part 2 - Beauty Edition


On today's episode...

We chat about why representation matters in the area of beauty.

Melanated Mention (00:50 - 5:30): Dr. Kristian Henderson of BLK + GRN.

BLK + GRN is an all-natural marketplace by all Black artisans that connects women with natural lifestyles to quality Black-owned toxic-free products. 

From the BLK + GRN website:

At BLK + GRN, we never bring in junk—only joy.

If it’s not sustainably made, plant-based, or cruelty-free, we don’t put it in our homes, on our melanin or otherwise allow it to clog our self-care.

There are currently over 1,500 harmful chemicals banned—or highly restricted—by the European Union (EU). Yet, in the U.S., the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has only banned 11 toxins in our personal care products and cosmetics. We’ve compiled a list of the most harmful offenders backed up by most leading regulating agencies and the Environmental Working Group.

As part of our commitment to help you achieve a holistic lifestyle, we thoughtfully select the most nourishing, cruelty-free products from Black artisans around the world.

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More on Dr. Kristian Henderson at www.drkristianh.com

Melanated Moment in HERstory (5:40 - 9:38): 

Esther Jones (the original Betty Boop) - known by her stage name "Baby Esther", was an African American singer and entertainer of the late 1920s, known for her "baby" singing style. She regularly performed at the legendary Cotton Club in Harlem. 

After watching Esther’s cabaret act in 1928, white jazz singer Helen Kane adopted Jones’ singing and scatting style. Kane also changed the interpolated words “boo-boo-boo” and “doo-doo-doo” to “boop-oop-a-doop” while recording her hit single “I Wanna Be Loved By You.”

Kane never publicly admitted to appropriating Esther’s singing style, but the truth was revealed when Kane filed a lawsuit against Max Fleischer, the animator who created Betty Boop in 1930. Ironically, Kane claimed that Betty Boop was imitating and profiting off of her image. --Source: Black Enterprise

Talk a Topic (17:08 - 57:08): Representation Matters in the Beauty Industry

We chat about why representation matters in the area of beauty. We highlight our favorite beauty brands and the change-makers that focus on diversity and inclusivity in the area of beauty and cosmetics.

Rapid Fire Questions (57:38 - 1:06:02):

Would you rather speak every language in the world or speak to animals?

Would you rather be best friends with Beyonce or Rihanna?

Quick Mentions:

 ---Eiffel Tower Bon Bon Candies 

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