Lu’s Do’s

Found this very charming article and video on Thought we’d share! Enjoy and click over to Vogue for the full article about Lupita’s braiding party!








Photo & Video Credits: Vogue Original Shorts

Here’s what our founder and co-director, Jamaica Gilmer, took away from her time with Marleigh during their photo shoot for #theblackgirltriptych!

One of the most memorable moments I had returning back to doing BGT photo shoots was with Marleigh. I did this process for years and years, then I stopped—instead taking the opportunity to train other Black women to do the work. But my time with Marleigh marked me the moment I picked my camera back up to create a Black Girl Triptych. I was nerve wrecked the whole morning—just kind of desperate to see the shot that would do her interviews justice. So, I arrive and Marleigh is almost ready. She was getting her hair done in this adorable, meticulous style. Her outfit matched just what her family described of her: Marleigh is fashion forward. Upstairs we went to get started, her brother Oliver joining us for the photo shoots. The warm up shots were fun, but not what I needed. About 15 shots in we are all getting comfortable with only a few distractions. But eventually, we hit a rhythm. So I call out “ok! let’s go to another room to dance!”. Off we go again and Oliver decides the lights need to be out, or at least occasionally blinking. And I agree because clearly, that will make the party better. They do their thing and I adjust my light in the camera so I don’t interrupt the world they just created. Then it happens. THE shot. Marleigh was feelin’ that thing, singing and dancing hard as Oliver danced around the room. I wish I could remember what she was singing, but I remember what I saw. She threw her fists in the air, threw her hip to the side, and belted a note like the world was her stage.
And I just thought, Marleigh is powerful and free.
Photo Credit: John Jackson for The Beautiful Project


We believe that Black women are an exhibit.  We do.  But mostly the fine-art-lean-in-close-but-don’t-touch-learn-here-walk-away-different-because-of-your-experience-here kind of exhibit.  And may I re-emphasize the “don’t touch” part?  But there are some women who invite the hands-on approach.  They find it makes for a richer experience; quells curiosity, answers questions long left mysterious.  Un’ has posted a very interesting short film negotiating this very idea.  Check out this YouTube video, part one of two, where Black women make their hair an exhibit in a very personal way.  While you’re at it, please take a moment to click the pages of their very interesting, very striking website.  Tell us what you think.  Can people lay hands to learn more about you?  Tweet it @thebeautifulprj, leave a comment or head over to FaceBook  and share what you think!




Video Credit:  Video from YouTube Hairunruled Channel

When the weather changes most of us have to change how we care for our hair.  Typically, our hair needs more moisture and maintenance in colder temperatures.  There’s much conversation about hair porosity, hair type and textures, the condition of the scalp, and the list goes on, that influence what our winter regimen should look like.  It can get to be a bit much . . . unless you have help!  For the girl who needs a little hair help when it’s cold outside, check out this post from Curly Nikki’s site.

Have a cold weather regimen that works for you?  Share in the comments!


Photo Credit:  pamela t. for The Beautiful Project