Black Beauty, Body Image, and Preconceptions

My visit to the local library turned into an eyeopening experience for the better.

Facebook invitation read, “Join Councilwoman Anissa Moore and special guests to discuss African American women and cultural images of beauty.”

Over 40 attendees filled the Library Auditorium for the talk that encompassed the black fashion revolution, body image in media and colorism in 2 hours and 30 minutes of just unexpected satisfaction, on what I though would be a mundane solo local Thursday night-out, not even close, It was time well spent. Truthfully 2 hours was not enough for the wealth of information and experience that fill the air.

Unknowingly I attended an event that had Panelist of the caliber of women such as Vera Moore of Vera Moore Cosmetics who started from humble beginnings from a working class family in Queens who grew up to portray nurse Linda Metcalf on NBC’s “Another World.” in the world of acting she faced a delmia that there was no real makeup options for performers of color, moved her to create her brand and became a successful Entrepreneur, founding Vera Moore Cosmetics. Joining her on the stage was Natasha Nurse Program Coordinator from DressingRoom8.com who is also an On-Air personality for 90.3 WHPC, Kendra Hassell lifestyle and fashion blogger kenyouhandleit.wordpress.com, Dr.Shani Bruno, Professor of Africana Studies Nassau Community College and Zodelia Williams, LMSW Doctoral Candidate.

Questions from the panel: (I am going to put a twist on things, not going to write what was said. I want you to question yourself, internalize and comment.

What is Black Beauty? The historical Images from mainstream culture, how has history shaped how we view ourselves?

What women from your childhood inspired and had an influence on you?

How does colorism effect relationships amongst black women?

The evening was hosted by City of Long Beach, New York Council Woman Anissa Moore. On January 1st, 2016 Anissa D. Moore was sworn s the first black person to serve on the Long Beach City Council in the city’s history. Anissa D. Moore has served as a full-time member of the Communications faculty at Nassau Community College, State University of NY since 1996.

Ms. Moore served as the Dean of Social & Behavioral Sciences, managing seven academic departments. Anissa had the last word of the night and it resonates with me right now as I write this, “As women we should celebrate each other and see the beauty from within.”