To raise awareness of the needs of makeup and hair professionals who know how to work with Black talent’s wide range of hair textures and skin tones, WarnerMedia has partnered with Black Beauty Roster to help production staff film and television production.
The BBR is both a database of black beauticians and a platform that provides training to all artists on how to work with textured hair and a wide range of skin tones, as well as providing provides industry guidance and support to past disadvantaged artists.
“As we continue to see more diverse talent in front of the camera, we have to make sure we are also diversifying behind the camera – especially with hair and makeup,” said BBR co-founder, Simone Tetteh said in a statement. “We’ve seen and heard too many hair and makeup horror stories on set from talent of color, and it’s time for us to change the way we tell them. We’re delighted that WarnerMedia wants to work with us to not only diversify the industry, but lead the way by changing it for the better. ”
In addition to staffing opportunities for BBR members in WarnerMedia products, the partnership will also include alliance and advocacy workshops for executives and decision makers. industry, as well as Television Academy workshops focusing on diversity in behind-the-scenes roles.
“We listened to the needs of our talented and creative communities for access to beauty professionals who will help them continue to create the best content while providing an immersive experience. equality and purpose,” WarnerMedia Vice President of Equity + Inclusive, Pipelines and Content Yvette Urbina said in a statement. “We recognize that not everyone is the same and that our need for talent to do their best work is paramount. We’re excited to partner with BBR, a company that shares our commitment to supporting established artists and an inclusive environment for growth across the industry. ”
The cooperation comes like To 2 Americas Heads of hair Stacey Morris and Carla Farmer became the third and fourth Black artists to receive Oscar nominations in makeup and hairstyling, following the historic nominations of Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson (and last). is victory) for Ghost Rainey’s Black Bottom last year.