Percentage of Women Who Skin Bleach

77% in Nigeria
40% in China, Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea
25% in Mali


Raven Roberts

As the Founder of Own Your I Am, Raven wanted to create an organization to empower women to own who they say they are and not what the world says about them. For women of all skin tones to feel beautiful, worthy and seen!

Model behavior, role model, model citizen, supermodel. In any iteration, the word ‘model’ refers to a prototype—a blueprint, what we should aspire to do or, in this case of supermodels, look like. Imagine the confusion for white fashion enthusiasts, when in 1966 and 1974, Black......

Zora Neale Hurston (January 7, 1891– January 28, 1960) was an American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker. She portrayed racial struggles in the early-1700s American South and published research on hoodoo.The most popular of her four novels is Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937. She also wrote more than 50 short......

Janice Bryant Howroyd is an entrepreneur, educator, ambassador, businesswoman, author, and mentor. In 1976, Howroyd moved to Los Angeles, California, and worked as a temporary secretary for her brother-in-law Tom Noonan at Billboard magazine. While at Billboard, Noonan introduced Howroyd to business executives, celebrities, travel, diversity in the......

Upcoming Events

The Paper Bag Test



Panel Discussions

A panel of experts and industry professionals to discuss the state of colorism in different industries and proposed solutions. Questions asked by live audience and via social media.

School Outreach

School talks and workshops to teach young women and girls self confidence that comes from within. Teaching them to speak highly of themselves and speaking life into others.

Roundtable Discussions

Smaller more intimate industry driven conversations asking the hard tough questions with people who can make a difference. These will be video recorded.

Community Awareness

Spreading awareness of skin bleaching and its physical and emotional side effects. Helping women and men with extreme bleaching cases to get the psychological and healthcare help.