This kind of education is one of BBR’s core tenets, but at its helm, the organization is working overtime to provide jobs and access to black beauty professionals who want to work on major productions and sets. . This is precisely why WarnerMedia has in partnership with BBR to advance diversity in hair and makeup on set.
As a variety recently reported, WarnerMedia and BBR have launched a “support website”, where producers can find a list of hair and makeup professionals who are well versed in working with various hair textures and skin tones. The two collaborators hope this translates directly to hiring more black beauty professionals — and getting paid comparably to their white counterparts — for staff makeup trailers.
Describing the intersection between the two companies’ new partnership Yvette Urbina, vice president, equity and inclusion – pipeline and content at Warner Media, says Seduce, “We have three pillars; we have a workforce pillar, a content pillar, of which I am a part, and a program pillar. It’s not just about creating programs to bring people in in the pipeline, but also to see how we work with them once they’ve gone through a program. And once they’re in the pipeline, how do we continue to work with them on our content?” By teaming up with the BBR, Urbina hopes Warner can increase access to color hairstylists and makeup artists.
This kind of large-scale change is much needed, given the current climate of discrimination that can be seen across the country, not just on the plateau. In January 2020, a young black teenager from Texas was strength cut off his dreadlocks to be allowed to walk to graduation, and many students through classes and sports have speak to be expelled from teams, harassed and discriminated against because of their natural hairstyles.
These cases are not uncommon, in fact they have become a dangerous and frightening normality, which means that there is a strong and urgent need for legal reform such as The CROWN Act, a bill that prohibits discrimination based on hairstyle and hair texture by extending protection. The bill recently passed the House and is on its way to the Senate. (The Biden administration has announced that it supports this bill.)