the Brains with Beauty project
Showing Black girls we can have it all
The Brains with Beauty Project is a nonprofit organization that equips Black girls with tools to nurture their innate brilliance and beauty.
We are comprised of three parts: The Salon Initiative, which places empowering books in hair salons for young patrons to enjoy; The One-Stop Initiative, an online platform that houses curated academic and holistic wellness tips; and Sister Circle, an advice forum written by college students to help younger students navigate their middle and high school journeys. We also host in-person and virtual events for coming-of-age Black girls.
All branches of The Brains with Beauty Project nurture academic excellence and holistic wellness to remind Black girls that we can have it all.
a message from
I founded The Brains with Beauty Project in 2015 as a sophomore in high school. I wanted to create spaces that helped Black girls see their brilliance and beauty. Growing up, my family celebrated and nurtured my talents and made me feel beautiful. However, when I stepped out of my nuclear community, whether it be my high school setting or just the world at large, I wasn't feeling that same degree of love, care, or empowerment. I sought out to address this gulf.
Founding The Brains with Beauty Project has taught me that success in growing an organization necessitates two things. One: having a thesis – a guiding mission for who you are and what you want to accomplish. I unabashedly center Black girls and young women in all that I do and want to create spaces that cater to our well-being and success. And two: having a strong community to help build upon that mission and bring it to fruition. From my mom driving me all around western Massachusetts to deliver books to salons in 2015 to a robust team of twenty driven Spelman College students running the organization today, community is our heartbeat.
Thank you for supporting our mission and being a part of our community.