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2 Black Women Won an Oscar for Hair and Make-up! Are We Diverse Yet?

I got there just in time and I sat on the edge of my seat, hoping I could hit the record button without shaking my phone! "And the Oscar goes to..." was announced in the category of Best Hair and Makeup in a Motion Picture - and they WON!!!

In 2021, for the first time in the history of the Academy Awards a Black woman was nominated for Best Hair and Make-up in a Motion Picture. Only there were two Black women nominated (on the same team), and they both won! Beauty SuperStars is sending out a great big CONGRATULATIONS to Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson, for their groundbreaking win! We still have so far to go. During the month of May, Beauty Industry Leader, Miki Wright, will interview seven Beauty Professionals to answer the question, “Is the Beauty Industry more inclusive and diverse than it was a year ago?”

May will mark one year since George Floyd’s tragic murder, and the racial turbulence that followed. Segregation in the Beauty Industry was exposed during that time and industry and Brand leaders vowed to make the Industry more inclusive, diverse and equitable for Black Beauty Professionals and other people of color. The main talks will air at 7pm ET on Tuesdays on with three (3) additional interviews on Thursday, May 6th, Thursday, May 13th and a 'pop up' interview on Wednesday, May 19th. Sign up for a reminder on

What are you seeing and hearing in your salons, on your Editorial shoots, on online platforms? Does it look and feel more diverse? And from the top down - are you seeing more Black Board members, Photographers, Editors and decision makers? When you go to the store is there still an ‘Ethnic’ section? These conversations are necessary and promise to be raw, honest, and surely at times, emotional. Please tag a friend or create a Watch Party to join us.

Miki's guests include:

  • NAHA Winner and Minneapolist resident, Faatemah Ampey @faatemahinc on 5/4;

  • Author of The Hair, Makeup & Fashion Styling Career Guide and Freelancer Coach, Crystal Wright @crystalwrightlive on 5/6;

  • Weldon Bond @weldonbond, Founder of the Black Beauty Expo and Black Beauty Magazine on 5/11;

  • Former Beauty Editor/Editor in Chief for Elle and Essence Magazines turned Podcast Host, Corynne Corbett @corynnec on 5/13

  • Editorial Makeup Artist, Jalia Pettis @jaliadp on 5/18;

  • Black Colorists Matter Founder, Jessica Kidd @jessicakidd__ and @blackcoloristsmatter will follow up her interview from last year with an update, a pop up interview on 5/19;

  • Dominique Lunn @dahairguru and @hairnmotionmagazine, Publisher of Hair N Motion Magazine, the Beauty Industry's only Multicultural Publication on Tuesday, May 25th, which is the actual anniversary of George Floyd's murder.

Mark your calendar, or better yet, sign up here to get a reminder so you won't miss what any of these amazing Black Beauty Bosses think about the level of inclusion, diversity and equity for Black people in the Beauty Industry, and the way the billions of dollars spent by African Americans, are being treated!

Miki hopes you'll use this as a catalyst for conversation in your own salon or corner of the industry. Let’s make the Beauty Industry look, feel and be more beautiful to and for all!!

P.S. For a sneak peek on this month's 'talks', be sure to catch my interview on The Tease Podcast, Volume Up! I'm so appreciative for their support in spreading this message far and wide. Listen now!


Miki Wright, founder of and host of the Beauty SuperStars Talk Podcast, is respected as a leader in the Beauty Industry. Wright has been a long time Educator at many of the top Hair Shows in the country. She continues to share her knowledge to help Beauty Pros create the clientele, income and lifestyle they desire with online classes and her new Mastermind. Beauty SuperStars Talk offers weekly interviews that celebrate Black Artists and Entrepreneurs who are excelling in the Beauty Industry and gives beauty enthusiasts a backstage pass to ‘Experts in Beauty’.

Wright is the former Owner of Fabulous Finishes Salon and Day Spa, which was one of the first African-American owned spa facilities in the country! In addition, her salon was selected by Salon Today Magazine as one of the “200 Fastest Growing Salons” in the country, for three consecutive years!

P.S.S. Ready to get out of panic and get your money straight after the pandemic? To receive Miki's FREE "Top 5 Secrets to Salon Suite Success," click here and look for the guide on the home page!

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