Black lives matter.
I’m reading. I’m listening. I’m confronting the white privilege that has benefitted me and shaped every experience in my life — a privilege I wish to acknowledge and excavate, and from which I want to learn. I want to make changes in myself, in my creative and personal expression, and in my business.I want to do my part to thwart the systems of oppression.
In this election year (yay!), I plan on supporting and amplifying elected officials in my area, and in the state of New York, who will push for changes in policing, enforcing sensible gun legislation, prison reform, and voting rights. I will donate to help get these officials in office, even if they are not in my district. When I vote, I feel empowered. And with my vote, I champion the empowerment of others.
– Continue to hire and train a diverse collective of artists for the SB Beauty team
– Build and maintain my own kit to offer the best products for EVERYONE who sits in my chair
– Continually educate myself and our team on makeup, hair and beauty services for our Black and POC clients
– Foster opportunities to refer Black-owned businesses to clients and styled shoots to create a more diverse vendor community
– Listen- Continue to educate myself about systemic racism through reading, art, podcasts, and conversation
– VOTE with educated decisions in every election, small and large
– Hold myself accountable with rigorous self examination, and take feedback
My goal as a person is to celebrate the beauty in others, and to greet my fellow human beings with kindness, compassion, dignity and respect. My goal as an artist is to make everyone who sits in my chair feel beautiful and seen. My hope as a citizen of the world is to become every day a more capable ally, advocate and voice for good.
Politics is personal to me. I want to be empathetic and available to all of the people I touch. If this message seems political to you, then yes, I’m political.
With that said: this moment is not mine. And so, I will mute myself again, and listen.