Today,Comcast NBCUniversal and FaceForward Productions announced acclaimed actress Meagan Good will appear
in the upcoming three-part docuseries The Black Beauty Effect, set to premiere on November 25th on the Black Experience on Xfinity channel, a first-of-its-kind destination of Black entertainment featuring the ultimate in Black storytelling. From creator and executive producers Andrea Lewis(Degrassi: The Next Generation, Black Actress); and executive producer Emmy-nominee CJ Faison (Giants & Junebug), Jackie Aina and Kahlana Barfield Brown, the docuseries will spotlight the social change that has taken place in the beauty industry, as told from the perspective of the successful Black women who galvanized it.
The Black Beauty Effect is a three-part docuseries capturing the current evolution, revolution, and disruption taking place within the beauty industry. Black beauty influencers, celebrities, and entrepreneurs have taken up the torch passed down from their pioneering predecessors. Each hour-long episode examines a different aspect of beauty – hair, skin, and makeup – through the lens of some of the beauty industry’s most iconic game-changers. The Black Beauty Effect peels back the gorgeous glow we see in advertisements to tell the ugly truths that have plagued the beauty industry for far too long.
|“I’m so excited about the release of this documentary and humbled to be part of it. I love that we get to examine Black beauty in all facets! Especially because for so long many of us have been told we don’t reach the standard of beauty when, in actuality, we are the most exotic women on the planet,” stated Good. “I’m excited for women to be inspired, powerfully influenced in their beauty inside and out and most of all loved on and reminded they are a force of God and nature.”|
Featuring candid conversations with brand executives, celebrity makeup artists, beauty editors, and more, the docuseries focuses on the impact influencers have had on the industry’s changing perception of beauty. Participants include (but are not limited to):
|Actress and Filmmaker; Series creator and Executive Producer Andrea LewisBeauty and Lifestyle Content Creator and Activist; Executive Producer Jackie Aina Editor & Expert, Former Beauty Director, InStyle; Executive Producer|
Kahlana Barfield BrownFormer Beauty & Cover Director, Essence Magazine 1980 – 2010 Mikki TaylorCo-Founder, Melanin Haircare; Natural Hair Influencer and Enthusiast
Whitney WhiteExecutive Vice President and COO of North America Beauty and Personal Care at Unilever Esi Eggleston BraceyNY Times bestselling author, journalist and Former Editor-in-Chief, Teen Vogue Elaine WelterothCEO of Sundial Brands and President of Beauty and Wellbeing, Unilever
Cara SabinBeauty Editor-at-Large, Cosmopolitan and Executive Director, Beauty United
Julee WilsonExecutive Beauty Editor, InStyleKayla GreavesBeauty Director-at-Large, The CutMaya AllenActress Meagan GoodActress, singer, producer Amber RileyEditor-in-Chief, Allure Jessica CruelDigital Editor, Allure Jihan ForbesCreator and Host, Naked Beauty Podcast, Brooke DeVard OzaydinliCelebrity Make-Up Artist and Author Sam FineVP, Marketing, Thrive Causemetics Tiffani CarterCelebrity hairstylist, beauty expert and entrepreneur Kim KimbleCelebrity hairstylist Ursula StephenCelebrity hairstylist Chuck AmosBeauty and Fashion Influencer Shalom BlacBeauty influencer and activist Nyma TangBeauty influencer EllarieModel, influencer and entrepreneur Choyce BrownDrag queen and comedian Bob The Drag QueenFounder and CEO, The Lip Bar and Thread Beauty Melissa ButlerFounder and CEO, Topicals Olamide OloweProfessional Make-Up Artist Marsha PageVP, Marketing, Ulta Beauty Karla DavisCEO and Founder, Ami Colé Diarrha N’DiayeCEO and Co-founder, Mented Cosmetics KJ MillerCelebrity Make-Up Artist and Creative Director of L’Oreal Sir JohnGlobal Lead for Multicultural Beauty, L’Oréal Balanda AtisCo-Owner and CEO, Fashion Fair Cosmetics, Black Opal BeautyDesiree RogersFounder, Carol’s Daughter Lisa PriceDermatologist and Owner, Aglow Dermatology Dr. Dina StrachanProfessor in the Department of American Studies at California State University, Fullerton Kristin Rowe, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine Sabrina Strings Ph.D.Board certified, award-winning dermatologist and AAD fellow Dr. Jeanine Downie
|“As a Black actor, you show up to the set and the makeup and hair stylists that are there, they’re not really there for us,” shared Amber Riley. “After having my makeup done for my cover shoot with Marie Claire, I had that “ah ha” moment, seeing what makeup can do for me. It made me go back to the set with a new confidence and ways to enhance my beauty. The Black Beauty Effect is a ripple effect, what we [Black women] do, what we have, and what we stand in. Content like this really does touch others, and we see that everywhere.”|
“When I started working on this project it was very important for me to include the full depth of the beauty industry, from the Black beauty editors, makeup artists and hair stylists, to the social media influencers and of course the Black actors. Having Meagan Good and Amber Riley, two of my peers and actors that I respect and adore, sharing their own stories and admiration for the game changers of Black beauty is the perfect addition to this very important story,” explained Executive Producer Andrea Lewis. “The Black Beauty Effect is a dream come true for me, and I couldn’t have asked for a better team when I partnered with CJ Faison of Face Forward Productions and Keesha Boyd, Executive Director, Multicultural Entertainment at Xfinity, to bring this story to life.”
The Black Beauty Effect is directed by Kwanza Nicole Gooden and produced by FaceForward Productions. The series was created by Andrea Lewis, who serves as Executive Producer along with CJ Faison, Jackie Aina, and Kahlana Barfield Brown. Emmy-nominated Takara Joseph, Summer Griffiths and Adrienne Reed serve as producers, alongside Andrena Hale as showrunner.
“We’re delighted to announce Meagan Good’s inclusion in this remarkable cast of extraordinary professionals. Bringing the premiere of The Black Beauty Effect to the Black Experience on Xfinity channel is in alignment with our company-wide mission of investing in authentic Black stories, and uplifting emerging creative voices,” said Keesha Boyd, Executive Director, Multicultural Entertainment at Xfinity and Executive Producer of The Black Beauty Effect. “With this production, we aim to spotlight the incredible Black women who cultivated meaningful change throughout the industry, and the significant progression that followed as a result.”
Black Experience on Xfinity is a first-of-its-kind destination of Black entertainment, movies, TV shows, news and more. Available at home on Xfinity X1 and Flex, and on-the-go with the Xfinity Stream app, the Black Experience on Xfinity features original and high-quality content from Comcast NBCUniversal and other major studios, in addition to content from many of Xfinity’s existing network partners, at no additional cost to Xfinity customers. The channel is the only one of its kind endorsed by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the world’s largest group of Black film critics that gives annual awards for excellence in film and television.
Xfinity customers can access the Black Experience on channel 1622 or simply say “Black Experience” into the Voice Remote to instantly enjoy the ultimate in Black storytelling. Non-Xfinity customers will be able to view The Black Beauty Effect on Comcast’s free ad-supported streaming service app Xumo.
For more information on The Black Beauty Effect, go to @BlackBeautyEffecton social media and continue the conversation using the hashtag #BlackBeautyEffect.