ABOUT THE MASTER PIONEER AWARDS
THE MASTER PIONEER AWARDS WILL BE HELD SEPTEMPER 16, 2017
The Master Pioneer Award Is a Fund Raising Event with two goals, to honor industry forerunners who forged a path, which made it possible for thousands nationwide to establish careers and businesses in the now thriving industry of natural hair care. Our Second goal is to Pay It Forward, by raising funds in support of Global Free Beauty Business Education provided by LB Beauty Education Foundation.
The Master Pioneer Award ceremony will bring together salon owners, product developers, cosmetologist, instructors, top stylists, and celebrities who are truly committed to natural hair care. Proceeds from the event will provide support to LB Training for its free education, advocacy and networking program.
Since the early 1980’s more than 5,000 natural hair care salons have launched and more than $ 1 billion has been spent on natural hair care products. In 1993 New York State, encouraged by two Master Pioneer honorees, instituted The New York State Natural Hair Styling License. Over the past two decades the idea of natural hair has found itself steeped in American culture. Natural hairstyles have been a topic of discussion from the workplace to Hollywood. Documentaries and plays have been made about it. Songs have been written about it. Magazines have featured it and websites have been created to focus on it. Even a dissertation has been written about it at the prestigious Michigan State University.
I felt that the 2011 Master Pioneer Award was really really good. I felt like I was at the B.E.T. Awards. I felt like it was a reunion of my artistic colleagues. I think it’s important to have an event like we did, so we can recognize people who have paved the way for others to follow and the Master Pioneer Award is doing it in a splendid way.
Marion Council George – Designer Braids And Trade
Inaugural Master Pioneer