To provide opportunities for self identifying women and femmes of color to develop socially conscious art while forming sisterly bonds.
Flawless Brown is an artist collective and sisterhood for self identifying women and femmes of color. Our sisterhood exists as a network for women of color seeking hands-on experience and artistic collaborations within their fields while fostering a supportive and healthy environment where every voice is valued. There are currently four departments: Flawless Stage (performing arts), Flawless Pictures (visual and media arts), Flawless Writes (writing and publishing, Flawed (Comedy) and Flawless Marketing (PR and marketing). There is also an online alumni chapter and an affiliate chapter in Los Angeles.
FLAWLESS BROWN FOUNDED BY NYLA WISSA
Flawless Brown was to started as theater troupe for women of color at Emerson College that was based on sisterhood. Wissa felt that women of color didn't have enough opportunities, especially in predominantly white spaces. The majority of plays put on at Emerson during this time did not offer any lead roles to people of color. One month after the initial meeting, the group had written a full piece and five of the seven original members put on their first show.
FLAWLESS BROWN GROWS
By the fall, Flawless Brown grew to thirteen members. Practicing in empty hallways and classrooms, the women began to build the first fall showcase, consisting of short scenes, individual and group spoken word pieces, and movement pieces. The fall showcase remains a staple in Flawless Brown's annual line up to this day. The fall showcase was held in Emerson College’s Multipurpose Room, which filled the room to capacity.
FLAWLESS PICTURES FOUNDED
After creating a short documentary on the organization for a class, Taylor Jett had the idea of creating a section of Flawless for Visual & Media Arts students like herself. By the end of the semester, Flawless Pictures (originally Flawless VMA) had written and shot an original screenplay, Full Card, with a crew entirely consisting of people of color. Full Card is currently in post-production.
FLAWLESS WRITES FOUNDED
Flawless decided to expand even further, offering a chance for other majors to work in their field. The section was founded by Lissa Deonarain who planned and lead the new department with the help of Alexandria Ellison. Writes posted four articles to their blog and created Flawless Mag, Flawless Brown's print publication. The magazine was nominated for "Outstanding Print Publication" at the 36th Annual EVVY Awards and has been featured in both ISSUU's and Harper's Bazaar's list of must-read feminist publications.
FLAWLESS MARKETING FOUNDED
After working with Flawless Writes, Allie Martinez and Kala Slade saw the potential and need for another new department: Flawless Marketing. The department has since evolved into one that creates and manages marketing campaigns, advertising and social media for each section of Flawless Brown while building the members skills in various areas.
EVVY Award for Outstanding Theatrical Production
EVVY Award for Outstanding Choreography
EVVY Award for Outstanding Print Publication
Flawless Mag featured in HARPER'S BAZAAR article,
Flawless Mag featured in ISSUU's curated Feminism stack