Black Beauty Archives Launches The Carla Joi Farmer-Jackson Scholarship to Support Aspiring Black Hair Stylists in TV and Film

Carla Joi Farmer-Jackson © Nolween Cifuenctes for the Washington Post

Black Beauty Archives (BBA) collaborates with Oscar-nominated hairstylist Carla Joi Farmer-Jackson (Coming 2 America) to launch a new scholarship program for Black hairstylists in film and television. The Carla Joi Farmer-Jackson Scholarship dedicates funding to continuing education and professional development in hairstyling and a one-year one-on-one mentorship with industry veteran Carla Joi Farmer-Jackson to a cosmetology student pursuing a TV/Film industry career.

The scholarship aims to bolster the representation of Black beauty artists in television and film and comes at a time when industry insiders are calling for an inclusive change in hair and makeup, equal representation, and equal opportunity for Black art.

Since 1998, Carla has been styling hair professionally in the television and film industry, creating timeless looks and breaking barriers as a department head. From Brandy Norwood’s braided updo in Cinderella to Tracee Ellis Ross’s signature curly tresses in Girlfriends, Carla has been involved in several productions regarded as iconic staples in Black culture. Carla can bring everything from painstaking historical authenticity to wild creative flair depending on the project’s demands. Productions include King Richard, Dolemite Is My Name, Sylvie’s Love, Coming 2 America, and Jordan Peele’s highly anticipated upcoming film Nope.

Carla Joi Farmer-Jackson said, “this scholarship in collaboration with Black Beauty Archives is so important to me. I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am in the industry without the support, mentorship, and guidance from those who took the time to invest in me.”

This is Black Beauty Archives’ first scholarship and it is in line with its mission is to preserve, document and celebrate the history of Black Beauty culture. And Carla is committed to using her influence and platform to elevate Black hairstylists. The scholarship looks to break down mentorship and networking barriers of entry into the world of television and film cosmetology. At the same time, providing access to Carla as a support network and mentor.

“Carla is a phenomenal artist and her heart is deeply rooted in community. We share a belief in the power of mentorship and Carla recognizes the importance of nurturing aspiring Black hair stylists at a crucial stage of their careers— whether they are a new student, pivoting in their career, or a single mother getting back into the profession,” said Black Beauty Archives founder Camille Lawrence. “I know this opportunity will be life-changing for an artist. And Black Beauty Archives hopes to continue the program annually.”

Hairstylists of African descent interested in applying can submit now through June 30, 2022, at https://www.blackbeautyarchives.org/cjfjscholarship. The winner will be announced in July 2022.

About Black Beauty Archives
Curated from the hearts and minds of Black womxn, Black Beauty Archives encompasses the history of our past, documents the present while imagining the future. Our mission is to preserve, document, and celebrate the history of Black Beauty culture. The archival practice is developed through three foundational pillars—Oral, Physical, and Ritual. Objects include rare vintage beauty ads, magazines, press photos, stamps, cosmetics, wigs, and beauty tools. Exclusive oral histories from beauty professionals and creatives alike are added to our collection on a bi-monthly basis. BBA will continue to add to these collections, expanding our archival holdings to reflect the dynamic aesthetics of Black Beauty. Visit https://www.blackbeautyarchives.org/

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