Updated: Nov 8
From Creator and Executive Producer Andrea Lewis, Executive Producers Jackie Aina, Kahlana Barfield Brown, CJ Faison and Keesha Boyd
Today, Comcast NBCUniversal and FaceForward Productions announced acclaimed actress Meagan Good will appear in the upcoming three-part docuseries The Black Beauty Effect, set to premiere on November 25th on the Black Experience on Xfinity channel, a first-of-its-kind destination of Black entertainment featuring the ultimate in Black storytelling. From creator and executive producers Andrea Lewis (Degrassi: The Next Generation, Black Actress); and executive producer Emmy-nominee CJ Faison (Giants & Junebug), Jackie Aina and Kahlana Barfield Brown, the docuseries will spotlight the social change that has taken place in the beauty industry, as told from the perspective of the successful Black women who galvanized it.
The Black Beauty Effect is a three-part docuseries capturing the current evolution, revolution, and disruption taking place within the beauty industry. Black beauty influencers, celebrities, and entrepreneurs have taken up the torch passed down from their pioneering predecessors. Each hour-long episode examines a different aspect of beauty – hair, skin, and makeup – through the lens of some of the beauty industry’s most iconic game-changers. The Black Beauty Effect peels back the gorgeous glow we see in advertisements to tell the ugly truths that have plagued the beauty industry for far too long.
“I’m so excited about the release of this documentary and humbled to be part of it. I love that we get to examine Black beauty in all facets! Especially because for so long many of us have been told we don’t reach the standard of beauty when, in actuality, we are the most exotic women on the planet,” stated Good. “I’m excited for women to be inspired, powerfully influenced in their beauty inside and out and most of all loved on and reminded they are a force of God and nature.”
Featuring candid conversations with brand executives, celebrity makeup artists, beauty editors, and more, the docuseries focuses on the impact influencers have had on the industry’s changing perception of beauty. Participants include (but are not limited to):
Actress and Filmmaker; Series creator and Executive Producer Andrea Lewis
Beauty and Lifestyle Content Creator and Activist; Executive Producer Jackie Aina
Editor & Expert, Former Beauty Director, InStyle; Executive Producer Kahlana Barfield Brown
Former Beauty & Cover Director, Essence Magazine 1980 – 2010 Mikki Taylor
Co-Founder, Melanin Haircare; Natural Hair Influencer and Enthusiast Whitney White
Executive Vice President and COO of North America Beauty and Personal Care at Unilever Esi Eggleston Bracey
NY Times bestselling author, journalist and Former Editor-in-Chief, Teen Vogue Elaine Welteroth
CEO of Sundial Brands and President of Beauty and Wellbeing, Unilever Cara Sabin
Beauty Editor-at-Large, Cosmopolitan and Executive Director, Beauty United Julee Wilson
Executive Beauty Editor, InStyle Kayla Greaves
Beauty Director-at-Large, The Cut Maya Allen
Actress Meagan Good
Actress, singer, producer Amber Riley
Editor-in-Chief, Allure Jessica Cruel
Digital Editor, Allure Jihan Forbes
Creator and Host, Naked Beauty Podcast, Brooke DeVard Ozaydinli
Celebrity Make-Up Artist and Author Sam Fine
VP, Marketing, Thrive Causemetics Tiffani Carter
Celebrity hairstylist, beauty expert and entrepreneur Kim Kimble
Celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen
Celebrity hairstylist Chuck Amos
Beauty and Fashion Influencer Shalom Blac
Beauty influencer and activist Nyma Tang
Beauty influencer Ellarie
Model, influencer and entrepreneur Choyce Brown
Drag queen and comedian Bob The Drag Queen
Founder and CEO, The Lip Bar and Thread Beauty Melissa Butler
Founder and CEO, Topicals Olamide Olowe
Professional Make-Up Artist Marsha Page
VP, Marketing, Ulta Beauty Karla Davis
CEO and Founder, Ami Colé Diarrha N’Diaye
CEO and Co-founder, Mented Cosmetics KJ Miller
Celebrity Make-Up Artist and Creative Director of L’Oreal Sir John
Global Lead for Multicultural Beauty, L'Oréal Balanda Atis
Co-Owner and CEO, Fashion Fair Cosmetics, Black Opal Beauty Desiree Rogers
Founder, Carol’s Daughter Lisa Price
Dermatologist and Owner, Aglow Dermatology Dr. Dina Strachan
Professor in the Department of American Studies at California State University, Fullerton Kristin Rowe, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine Sabrina Strings Ph.D.
Board certified, award-winning dermatologist and AAD fellow Dr. Jeanine Downie
“As a Black actor, you show up to the set and the makeup and hair stylists that are there, they’re not really there for us,” shared Amber Riley. “After having my makeup done for my cover shoot with Marie Claire, I had that “ah ha” moment, seeing what makeup can do for me. It made me go back to the set with a new confidence and ways to enhance my beauty. The Black Beauty Effect is a ripple effect, what we [Black women] do, what we have, and what we stand in. Content like this really does touch others, and we see that everywhere.”
“When I started working on this project it was very important for me to include the full depth of the beauty industry, from the Black beauty editors, makeup artists and hair stylists, to the social media influencers and of course the Black actors. Having Meagan Good and Amber Riley, two of my peers and actors that I respect and adore, sharing their own stories and admiration for the game changers of Black beauty is the perfect addition to this very important story,” explained Executive Producer Andrea Lewis. “The Black Beauty Effect is a dream come true for me, and I couldn’t have asked for a better team when I partnered with CJ Faison of Face Forward Productions and Keesha Boyd, Executive Director, Multicultural Entertainment at Xfinity, to bring this story to life.”
The Black Beauty Effect is directed by Kwanza Nicole Gooden and produced by FaceForward Productions. The series was created by Andrea Lewis, who serves as Executive Producer along with CJ Faison, Jackie Aina, and Kahlana Barfield Brown. Emmy-nominated Takara Joseph, Summer Griffiths and Adrienne Reed serve as producers, alongside Andrena Hale as showrunner.
“We’re delighted to announce Meagan Good’s inclusion in this remarkable cast of extraordinary professionals. Bringing the premiere of The Black Beauty Effect to the Black Experience on Xfinity channel is in alignment with our company-wide mission of investing in authentic Black stories, and uplifting emerging creative voices,” said Keesha Boyd, Executive Director, Multicultural Entertainment at Xfinity and Executive Producer of The Black Beauty Effect. “With this production, we aim to spotlight the incredible Black women who cultivated meaningful change throughout the industry, and the significant progression that followed as a result.”
Black Experience on Xfinity is a first-of-its-kind destination of Black entertainment, movies, TV shows, news and more. Available at home on Xfinity X1 and Flex, and on-the-go with the Xfinity Stream app, the Black Experience on Xfinity features original and high-quality content from Comcast NBCUniversal and other major studios, in addition to content from many of Xfinity’s existing network partners, at no additional cost to Xfinity customers. The channel is the only one of its kind endorsed by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the world's largest group of Black film critics that gives annual awards for excellence in film and television.
Xfinity customers can access the Black Experience on channel 1622 or simply say “Black Experience” into the Voice Remote to instantly enjoy the ultimate in Black storytelling. Non-Xfinity customers will be able to view The Black Beauty Effect on Comcast’s free ad-supported streaming service app Xumo.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on connectivity, aggregation, and streaming with 57 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
About Andrea Lewis
Before celebrating her 16th birthday, Andrea Lewis had already acted alongside Hollywood heavyweights such as Diahann Carroll in The Natalie Cole Story and Wesley Snipes and Dr. Maya Angelou in her directorial debut, the critically acclaimed Down in the Delta. After wrapping up on the Disney movie Cadet Kelly alongside Hilary Duff, Lewis soon spent 6 seasons on the hit show Degrassi: The Next Generation and became known around the world as "Hazel" as millions of North Americans tuned in each week to watch Andrea in the Award-winning drama. After Degrassi, she went on to other leading roles on Showtime, Nickelodeon and BET. Then taking her career to another level, Lewis started Jungle Wild Productions, where she wrote, starred in and produced the award-winning web series’ “Black Actress”. Lewis has continued to create as a filmmaker, with multiple web series, short films, television pilots and digital content.
About FaceForward Productions
Emmy-nominated executive producer, founder and CEO, CJ Faison, started FaceForward Productions in 2018 to create universally groundbreaking content told from the perspectives of people of color. FaceForward Productions works to elevate the voices of those often overlooked by capturing the shared human experience through one forward-facing, culturally-nuanced lens. Flagship projects like FaceForward Productions' critically acclaimed short film, Junebug, and the ode to Black women's ingenuity, The Black Beauty Effect, exhibit a diverse yet deeply moving slate of content. FaceForward Productions creates masterfully crafted content that spark cultural moments around the world.