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!

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......

What are your experiences with colorism? What happened? In school: I remember overhearing the boys in my history class ranking the girls in the class they though were the prettiest and overhearing one of them saying “Nicole is pretty for a black girl” In work:......

Black people vary. Take, for example, the group chat that I’m in. Ten Black men spanning the spectrum in skin tone, features, and ethnicity, with ancestral ties across the Diaspora from the deep South in the U.S., to the Caribbean, and across the Atlantic to......

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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.