Hosted by Communities In Schools of Atlanta, the event began with the panel of women and featured guest speaker DJ Traci Steele, radio personality for Hot 107.9 FM and television star, engaging the student audience by discussing the importance of education, being confident, feeling beautiful and living your best life. The panel included Juanita Davis, clinical social worker and yoga teacher; Brittany Wyatt, regional marketing manager at H&R Block; Joy Clay, educational program specialist at Georgia State University’s Upward Bound Program; and Erica James, home care specialist, physical therapist and visiting nurse. Coco Jones, singer and Disney Channel actress, was unable to attend the event as a guest speaker, but sent a personalized message to students in a prerecorded video.
Students also viewed a documentary about the challenges black women and girls deal with, including self-esteem and perspectives of beauty that are shaped by mainstream media.
MBIB is an extraordinary initiative of Procter & Gamble (P&G) that celebrates the diverse collective beauty of African-American women and encourages black women to define and promote their own beauty standard. MBIB is designed to ignite and support a sustained national conversation by, for and about black women.
Students were provided with P&G health and beauty products created for women of color, including shampoo, conditioner, hair color, hair mask, lip gloss, tissue and a MBIB cosmetic bag.
A light reception followed with punch and cake pops, and photo opportunities with the guest speakers.
Check out photos from the MBIB event below: