Source: Courtesy of Sam Villa
“Lasting change won’t happen overnight, but we must continue to educate and work for equal representation!” says Sam Villa who is co-hosting “The Fabric of Change” event on June 28th with Tippi Shorter, Global Artistic Director for Mizani (and co-sponsored by Pivot Point International). A talented roster of Black educators and influencers including Marquetta Beslin, Leysa Carrillo, Yene Damtew, Jamal Edmonds, Vernon Francois, Evie Johnson, Shannon King, Felicia Leatherwood, Cynthia Lumzy, Keya Neal, Neeko, Michelle O’Connor, Rachel Redd, Rodrick Samuels and Joie Wallace, will awaken and inspire equality.
“Inherent in my message has always been to respect and support each other. Now, more than ever, please let us extend that respect and support to the Black community. We recognize that there is racial bias in our industry, and we’re looking at our practices to ensure we continue to become more inclusive,” says Villa.
“I’ve always made it a point to highlight incredible artists on my platforms and am honored to join Sam in celebrating these incredible stylists and moving the needle forward within the beauty industry,” says Shorter.
Each artist will have a 30-minute segment live-streamed simultaneously on both Facebook @SamVillaPros and YouTube @SamVillaHair starting at 10:00 a.m. EST until 7:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, June 28th. All are welcome to hit the donation button benefiting the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) to help support equality and end racism. Prizes from Pivot Point, Sam Villa, and others will also be awarded throughout the event. The goals of the Fabric of Change event are:
1. Change the perception that hair texture is directly linked to the race of the hairdresser. Hairdressers should embrace and be skilled in all hair textures.
2. Change the way education is provided to be more inclusive. Black hairdressers and educators have been underrepresented on stage and online.
Please join to listen, learn and promote lasting change within the industry. You can RSVP and receive notifications when the event is live: https://www.facebook.com/events/657472704977528/
- Campaign Zero – Identifies solutions, provides research and data to organizers and policymakers, and advocates to end police violence nationwide.
- Color of Change – Designs campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold black people back, as well as champion solutions.
- NBJC – Works to end racism, homophobia and LGBTQ/SGL bias and stigma.