News Release

Procter & Gamble’s My Black is Beautiful Celebrates Beauty in Action for Essence Festival’s 20th Anniversary

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 9:16 am EDT



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"The P&G My Black is Beautiful family is honored to celebrate Essence Festival’s 20th anniversary with thousands of extraordinary women who put their beauty in action daily"

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--My Black Is Beautiful (MBIB), a long-term, community-building program created by Procter & Gamble to spark a broader dialogue around Black beauty, will celebrate its seventh year as a title sponsor of the Essence Festival by inspiring attendees to put their “Beauty into Action” during the holiday weekend and beyond. MBIB also will create hands-on, engaging experiences for festival goers that deliver beauty in action in creative ways by connecting attendees with their favorite beauty and household products. These experiences range from MBIB booth makeovers, transformational and “Beauty In Action” programming, celebrity meet-and-greets, social media surprise gifting, influencer interviews, expert panels, main stage moments. The brand will also introduce its six newly crowned “MBIB” Ambassadors to consumers on July 4 and they will be on hand throughout the weekend to motivate, excite and galvanize attendees to affect positive change in their local community.

As part of its purpose-inspired “Imagine A Future” program - created to reach and teach one million Black girls over three years to believe that their Black is beautiful - MBIB is commemorating the last year of this three-year program with the “Beauty In Action” Challenge designed to engage the community to put their beauty in action everyday. MBIB will encourage Essence Festival attendees to accept the “Challenge” and provide confidence building engagement activities throughout the event.

“The P&G My Black is Beautiful family is honored to celebrate Essence Festival’s 20th anniversary with thousands of extraordinary women who put their beauty in action daily,” said Grace Janes, Brand Manager, My Black Is Beautiful. “We look forward to inspiring more phenomenal women this year to join the movement and help us achieve our goal of reaching and teaching one million girls to believe their black is beautiful.”

A key component of the MBIB Essence Festival experience is the signature beauty experience booth. Centered around the “Beauty in Action” theme, beauty and lifestyle brands CoverGirl Queen Collection, Pantene, Olay and Clairol Professional are offering free makeovers, consultations and expert advice on personal grooming and styling. Guests also will be treated to swag beauty bags and a unique social photo experience designed to compel them to share their inner and outer beauty with the world. The new “MBIB” Ambassadors will also be on hand to share their inspiring stories and community plans with attendees. The MBIB booth will also include a live social news station to bring the “best of” MBIB and Essence Music Festival moments to the community live and in real time.

For the third year in a row, fabric and home care brands Gain, Charmin and Bounty are also getting in on the celebration. Gain will be bringing “Music to Your Nose” moments to the MBIB booth with special appearances of DJ Kiss and reality TV Gainiacs, the Braxton Sisters. Local radio DJ Mixx Maestro will be spinning joy-filled tunes throughout the weekend to keep guests energized and a scent expert will take consumers through a bio-metric interactive experience that shows how smelling Gain flings! evokes the same feelings as listening to your favorite song. Guests will also receive a sample of the new Gain flings! laundry pacs to add a bit of joy to laundry day.

Charmin and Bounty are extending the excitement beyond the booth with their take over of two of Essence Festival’s highest trafficked event areas: the bathrooms and the food court. Charmin is upgrading key bathroom stalls within the Convention Center by replacing the standard stall tissue with Charmin Ultra Soft and Charmin Ultra Strong Mega Rolls. Charmin’s ‘Leonard the Bear’ will also make a special appearance throughout the festivities to delight attendees and their kids. Bounty is bringing a touch of home to the basic Convention Center food-court ascetic by adding table décor and Bounty Select-A-Size rolls to enhance the enjoyment of the famed New Orleans cuisine options.

MBIB is also excited to team up again with Walmart, a like-minded partner that recognizes and caters to the unique needs of African-American women. Together, MBIB and Walmart will share booth experiences that include gift card giveaways, celebrity appearances and customized entertainment for 400,000 consumers to build buzz around “Beauty In Action.” MBIB will also host informative panel discussions with African-American influencers at the Walmart’s Live Stage booth.

To celebrate Essence Festival’s 20th anniversary, MBIB will also host an intimate transformational “Beauty In Action” dinner on July 5th in New Orlean’s Red Light District with motivational speaker Lisa Nichols. Nichols will invite attendees to join the “Beauty In Action” movement she helped spearhead, to help realize the MBIB vision and put their beauty in action to reach and teach one million Black girls. Additionally, the six new MBIB Ambassadors share their plans to help pay it forward within their local communities.

Over the past seven years, the MBIB movement has grown to motivate more than 1.8 million Black women to help change the conversation around Black beauty by addressing the associated societal and cultural stigmas associated with it and self-image.

To learn more about MBIB partner brands and the “Imagine A Future” initiative, join MBIB and change the conversation visit and follow us on, Instagram (@MBIB) and Twitter (@MBIB), using hashtags #MBIB and #BIAJourney. There, consumers will be able to find updates on MBIB activities at Essence Festival and keep up with “Imagine A Future” news and resources. Consumers also can download the “Imagine A Future” discussion and facilitator’s guides and view the Imagine A Future documentary on YouTube/mbibvideo.

About Procter & Gamble

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Charell Charleston, 917-273-4532
Procter & Gamble
Crystal Harrell, 531-983-4606