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Dr. Yaba Blay

Scholar-Activist • Public Speaker • Cultural Consultant

Dr. Yaba Blay is a scholar-activist, public speaker, and cultural consultant whose scholarship, work and practice centers on the lived experiences of Black women and girls, with a particular focus on identity/body politics and beauty practices.

Dr. Blay expertly translates her research and scholarship into engaging creative projects that seek to impact, if not change, our lived experiences for the better -- work that inspires both critical thinking and action.

Lauded by O Magazine for her social media activism, she has launched several viral campaigns including Locs of Love, #PrettyPeriod, and #ProfessionalBlackGirl.

Dr. Blay is the author of the award-winning One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race, the inspiration behind CNN’s television documentary “Who is Black in America?,” for which she served as consulting producer.