The global beauty brand Black Opal, which has a target audience of Black women is now fully Black-owned. On Monday, Black Opal announced that Cheryl Mayberry McKissack and Desiree G. Rogers acquired the 25-year old skincare and makeup line. McKissack is a marketing and sales guru and Rogers is the former White House Social Secretary. The two met over 25 years ago through mutual friends. (Story continues below picture.)
Black Opal was founded in 1994 and it manufactures products for women with melanin. The company also creates products for women with darker skin that address enlarged pores, hyper-pigmentation, and bright spots. Black Opal was created by a Greek American chemist for his Jamaican-born wife. He created the products in response to the shortage of products at the time in the industry for women of darker skin tones. They both were co-owners of the brand prior to its purchase. An African American dermatologist worked very closely with the founder to ensure the products he made addressed the issues for women with melanated skin.
McKissack said Black Opal will continue to uphold the company's founding values. She said in a statement, “When we acquired Black Opal our goal was to stay true to the founders’ passion." Since she is now president, she said her and Rogers will, "continue to grow the company and bring high-quality products to the market. We will on creating a positive impact in our communities.” Rogers added, "we are delighted to own Black Opal, a company created almost three decades ago, to address the makeup needs for people of color. Together Cheryl and I are looking forward to creating even more innovative products and continuing to grow the brand globally.” Rogers will function as the brand's CEO moving forward.
Together, the women have impressive experience. Rogers was recently the CEO of Johnson Publishing Co., where she served as the overseer of Jet, Ebony, Fashion Fair Cosmetics until 2017. She was also named by Black Enterprise as one of the 50 Most Powerful Black Women in Business in 2006 while serving as the Corporate SVP of People's Energy Corporation. In contrast, McKissack served as the president and CEO of her own company, Nia Enterprises, which is a marketing, digital consulting firm, and entrepreneurial business she founded in 2000. In 2013, she also served as the COO and President of Digital at Johnson Publishing Co. She currently serves on the board at the University of Chicago Medical Center and also is the chair of the board at Deluxe Corp. These women are more than well equipped to lead Black Opal into their next 25 years of business.
Black Opal has more than 250 makeup and skincare products. The products are sold in retail stores and also available online at www.blackopalbeauty.com.