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Dark & Lovely Building Beautiful Futures: A Black Girl's Guide to Making Bold Moves taking place on October 17, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. ET at Howard University and also livestreamed
By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 16 October 2023

NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Dark & Lovely is bringing theirBuilding Beautiful Futures program to Howard Homecoming this year. In partnership with entrepreneur, TV personality, and Howard alum, Yandy Smith-Harris, Dark & Lovely will host a panel discussion and masterclass, "A Black Girl's Guide to Making Bold Moves'' during HU Ideas Fest. Its goal is for attendees will walk away inspired, with tools and tips on how to express your personal brand, navigate trajectory defining moments and find a mentor. Additional panelists include, President of College Gurl Foundation and Howard alum, Jessica Brown, HU Student Association President Nia Naylor, and moderator, Dark & Lovely Marketing Director Tenaj Ferguson.

In partnership with The College Gurl Foundation, five $750 book scholarships will be awarded at random to students either attending the masterclass in person or via the livestream. The panel will be held on campus at Howard's Blackburn University Center in the Digital Auditorium on October 17. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the masterclass beginning at 6:30 p.m. To attend, register here, entry will be granted on a first come first served basis. The mentorship masterclass will also be available to stream online for those who register.

"It's wonderful to see brands like Dark & Lovely taking action to uplift and empower young Black women," says Yandy Smith-Harris. "I always love coming to Howard and giving back to my alma mater. I believe in giving opportunities to hardworking women who are building a better future for themselves, and I want to help empower, inspire, and connect with students who are looking to expand their professional horizons and get out there to make bold moves.''

Following the masterclass, participants on-campus will join an intimate reception with networking opportunities, free professional headshots, and refreshments. There will be giveaways and giftbags, plus attendees can select the bold hair color of their choice from the Dark & Lovely Fade Resist Color Bar.

Launched in January 2022, the Building Beautiful Futures initiative was developed to help bring educational and career equity to Black female college students and young professionals through scholarships, mentorship, and career coaching opportunities.

To learn more on how to:

  • Apply for a Building Beautiful Futures Scholarship, Click here,
  • Participate in the mentorship program - Follow on Instagram for their schedule of mentorship masterclasses focused on education, life and career coaching, and
  • Be The Change - Become a mentor or mentee and inspire others by sharing your mentorship story using #DARKANDLOVELYBBF.

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