Kennedi Curtis is a 14-year-old black girl from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

During the summer of 2020, I was not feeling so special. Another innocent black man, George Floyd, was killed by a police officer. I was tired of feeling helpless and wanted to prove to these girls at my school who were ALM (All Lives Matter) supporters and didn't think extensively of black people and myself that being black is excellent and that it should be something I'm proud of. That's when I decided I wanted to start a business to help people embrace their blackness instead of feeling helpless.

"Melanin Marie Beauty" Is a handmade Beauty and Self Care Lip Gloss and Body Butter Brand that wants to help people of color feel just as good about themselves.