Black Beauty Roster (BBR) and Warner Bros. Discovery are teaming to create a partnership for a new, one-of-a-kind program that will allow hairstylists and makeup artists from historically marginalized communities the chance to position themselves for a department head position in entertainment.
The 12 primary candidates selected from the U.S. and Canada are Denise Baker (hair/LA), Gabby Navarrete (makeup/LA), Charles Zambrano (makeup/NYC), Allison LaCour (makeup/NOLA), Tiffany Daugherty (hair/LA), Kauilani Goodwyn (hair/LA), Amber Hamilton (hair/LA), Se’Anne Simon (makeup/NOLA), Khalieha Cunningham (hair/Canada), Krista Haan (makeup/Canada), Amber Crombach (makeup/Canada) and Marecel Callagan (makeup/Canada).
Kicking off this month, the new educational program from BBR and WBD will gather the selected beauty professionals virtually for four months, seeing the artists undergo extensive training from Black Beauty Roster, to ensure they are ready to fill the department head role upon its completion. They’ll have leading MUAH department heads from across the industry as guest speakers and instructors and will also hear from top producers who will speak to what they look for when hiring, providing guidance on resume and portfolio building, networking, understanding key language, team building, negotiating contracts, budgeting, crisis management, and more.
Creatives participating as guest instructors include two-time Emmy-winning Hair Dept. Head Barry Lee Moe (Pam & Tommy), Makeup Dept. Head Vonda K. Morris (Insecure), Makeup Dept. Head Zabrina Matiru (The Baby-Sitters Club), Hair Dept. Head Porshawna Mosely (All American), two-time Emmy-nominated Makeup Dept. Head Angie Wells (Black-ish), and Makeup Dept. Head Marietta Carter-Narcisse (A Jazzman’s Blues).
“We are excited for our program with Warner Bros. Discovery to help create more leadership opportunities behind the camera in hair and makeup. We are bringing attention to diversifying not only the beauty professionals in the trailers, but to the management positions – Hair & Makeup Department Heads who ultimately hire the beauty teams,” said BBR Founder, Maude Okrah. “Together we will grow, develop and guide the participants through hands-on training that will impact them, and the entertainment industry for years to come. Our goal is that by the end of the program, the participants feel confident and well prepared to land their dream roles in TV, Film & beyond and in turn inspire other creatives to do the same.”
Yvette Urbina, who serves as VP of Content & Production, DEI at Warner Bros. Discovery, remarked, “This key content partnership has led a to-first-of-its-kind industry program designed to broaden the network of available Hair and Make-Up Heads, which really shows the symbiotic relationship between content, programs and our productions. We have not only expanded opportunities across the enterprise with this partnership, but we have seen real outcomes including industry awareness and connecting talent to our production to providing internal teams education via our training webinar and direct support site with BBR.”
“The Black Beauty Roster x Warner Bros Discovery Program is an exciting project for me to be involved in,” shared Cohort Instructor, Matiru. “We are optimistic about helping to shape the future within the film industry through the development of a diverse pool of talent that will hopefully be the leaders of tomorrow, the leaders that we wish that we had. It is my intention to lead by example, through encouragement, mentorship and education,” before adding, “The participants will gain insight into successfully managing departments and deliver upon the expectations of studios and creatives. I am most excited about positively impacting the future of the film industry through the discovery and development of talented artists.”
Finally, Cohort Member Cunningham said, “It is indeed an honor to have been chosen to be a part of BBR X Warner Bros. Discovery Program. I am most excited and oh so eager to learn more about the business acumen training being offered. It is my hope that the training received in this cohort will allow me to make new connections while further enhancing and sharing my talents and experience with like minded individuals to bring change to and fill the void for BIPOC department heads within the film industry.”
BBR’s new program with WBD stems from a partnership between the organizations announced in February which has BBR offering hair and makeup staffing support for WBD productions via its extended network, as well as workshops targeted towards executives on topics like allyship and advocacy, and panel discussions focused on diversity behind-the-camera.
More information on the D&I platform Black Beauty Roster can be found on BlackBeautyRoster.com.
This news was initially reported by Deadline.