Hosted by Julee Wilson, ESSENCE’s Global Beauty Director, The Color Files is ESSENCE’s newest podcast that explores the stories of those behind the business of Black beauty. featuring conversations with trendsetters, trailblazers, legends and luminaries.
Queen Mikki Taylor Owns Every Ounce Of Her Life! + Julee Has Some News
On this bittersweet episode of The Color Files, Host Julee GLOBAL Wilson (@MissJulee) says her final goodbyes as her four-year tenure at ESSENCE comes to an end. She takes a walk down memory lane where she reflects on her journey and all that she’s accomplished. There was no better way for Julee to drop the mic than to have the legendary First Lady of Beauty, Mikki Taylor (@iammikkitaylor), as her final guest! ESSENCE’s former Beauty and Covers Director (and current Editor-At-Large) talked about her 40-year run at Black Girl Magic Headquarters! Mikki shared so many unforgettable stories, including the iconic Obama family cover shoot, having a crib in her office back in the day, impromptu photoshoots in a tarantula filled desert, and much more. A truly full-circle conversation!
Brooke DeVard Aspires to Look Like A Glazed Donut & We’re Here For It!
This one is for all of my fellow skincare N.E.R.D.s and ingredient junkies! Naked Beauty Podcast host, Brooke DeVard (@brookedevard) AKA the DIY whiz stopped by this week for a cute chit chat about beauty and beyond. We talked about the art of side hustling, making time for your passions, the importance of staying consistent, and so much more. And of course, this episode wouldn’t have been complete if we didn’t grab a few beauty hacks, tips, and product recommendations from our sis!
From RN to CEO: Monique Rodriguez, Founder of Mielle Organics Is A Black Haircare BOSS With A Story!
Founder and CEO of the cult-favorite beauty brand, Mielle Organics, my girl Monique Rodriguez (@exquisitemo) joined me on the show! When it comes to understanding what it takes to maintain great health, Monique knows! As a former nurse, she's all about understanding how the body works and giving it more of whatever it responds well to! She brought that SAME ENERGY to creating Mielle Organics. Clean ingredients that speak directly to the health of the hair and NOT just the look. Monique's story is all about courage to do what you LOVE and not letting naysayers stop you. Pop in your earbuds or turn up your speakers and get this INSPIRATION from the one-and-only Monique Rodriguez!
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Back to Basics: Lisa Price Still Creates Beauty Products In Her Brooklyn Kitchen!
A pioneer, an innovator, and a BOSS! We’re talking about none other than the Founder of Carol’s Daughter, the phenomenal Lisa Price (@iamlisaprice). This week, Lisa reveals how her hobby of creating fragrances and body products in her kitchen organically flourished into a multi-million dollar business! Julee (@missjulee) and Lisa also talked about Lisa working on 'The Cosby Show' in the early 90s, the life of an entrepreneur pre-social media, the controversy caused by L’Oreal acquiring Carol’s Daughter (2014), and a special, personal moment the two ladies shared six years ago! Let’s just say, Lisa Price is family.
Nikki Nelms Dyed Janelle Monae’s Underarm Hair Pink & We Can’t Get Enough Of Her!
When it comes to doing hair, Nikki Nelms (@nikkinelms) is queen of the coils! She’s always on the go, working hard for her clients which include Janelle Monae, Journee Smollett, and Zoe Kravitz - just to name a few. When she’s not keeping her clients perfectly coifed, she’s thrifting with Zoe Kravitz or getting skincare tips from Kelly Rowland! Listen to this episode to hear all about how she got started in Florida. Can you guess who her first client was?
These Are A Few of Julee’s Favorite Things! 🎶
Happy Holidays everyone! It’s officially the end of the decade and the end of Season One of The Color Files, so you know we have to end it with a bang! On this week’s episode, host Julee ‘Global’ Wilson (@MissJulee) gives us the rundown of her Top 10 Episode Moments! With all of the dope guests and revealing conversations that she’s had this year, you know this list was hard to narrow down. In the nature of reflecting, Julee also gets a little personal and reveals her Top Black Girl Magic moments of the entire decade! It’s been an epic, life-changing 10 years for her, for sure.