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African Americans are often excluded from the history of fashion and beauty. However, from black fashion designers like Stephen Burrows, Byron Lars and Tracey Reese; fashion activists like Bethann Hardison, style icons like Ophelia Devore; hair stylists like John Atchison and Olive Benson; the Ebony Fashion Fair show; widely successful hair care companies like Madame C. J. Walker, Johnson Products, Soft Sheen and cosmetic companies like Fashion Fair Cosmetics and Carol’s Daughter, African Americans have played a significant role. Black Fashion & Beauty: A Historical View, moderated by former fashion editor of The Wall Street Journal Teri Agins, explores the rich history of African Americans in the fashion and beauty industry. Joining Agins are the legendary fashion show producer, Audrey Smaltz, successful menswear and home décor designer and author, Jeffrey Banks, and Assistant Curator of Costume at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Elizabeth Way. The discussion also features a Q&A session with questions from The HistoryMakers StyleMakers Advisory Committee. Tune in to this incredible panel to learn more about this fascinating and little-known history.

This 90-minute program is scheduled to stream on YouTube and Facebook Live at 12:00 noon EST on Saturday, December 5, 2020 as the fifth installment of The HistoryMakers 20@2020: 20 Days and 20 Nights Convening and Celebration.

Advisory Board

Teri Agins  Columnist, Wall Street Journal
Teri Agins 
Wall Street Journal 
John Atchison  Stylist, John Atchison Salon & Spa
John Atchison 
John Atchison Salon & Spa 
Tiannia Barnes Shoe Designer, Tiannia Barnes Shoes
Tiannia Barnes
Shoe Designer
Tiannia Barnes Shoes 
Denise Gardner  Co-Founder, Namaste Laboratories
Denise Gardner 
Namaste Laboratories 
Gary E. Gardner
Gary E. Gardner
Kevan Hall  Designer, Kevan Hall Designs
Kevan Hall 
Kevan Hall Designs 
Brandice Henderson CEO & Founder, Harlem's Fashion Row
Brandice Henderson
CEO & Founder
Harlem's Fashion Row 
Leigh Jones  Stylist, Ambra Salon
Leigh Jones 
Ambra Salon 


B Michael  Designer & Stylist, b michael AMERICA
B Michael 
Designer & Stylist
b michael AMERICA 
Lafayette Jones  Founder, CEO & Publisher, SMSi-Urban Call Marketing
Lafayette Jones 
Founder, CEO & Publisher
SMSi-Urban Call Marketing 
Sandra Miller Jones  Founding Chair, SMSi-Urban Call Marketing
Sandra Miller Jones 
Founding Chair
SMSi-Urban Call Marketing 
Mimi Plange Fashion Designer, Mimi Plange
Mimi Plange
Fashion Designer
Mimi Plange
Lisa Price  Founder, Carol's Daughter
Lisa Price 
Carol's Daughter 
Audrey Lavinia Smaltz Retired CEO & Founder, The Ground Crew
Audrey Lavinia Smaltz
Retired CEO & Founder
The Ground Crew 
Veronica Webb  Runway Model
Veronica Webb 
Runway Model 
Constance C.R. White  Editorial & Marketing Consultant, OZY
Constance C.R. White 
Editorial & Marketing Consultant


Date and Time

Saturday, December 5, 2020

12 noon EST/ 11 a.m. CST/ 10 a.m. MST/ 9 a.m. PST

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