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afro - cuban skincare + beauty workshop


The collaborative project of the Afro - Cuban Skin Care + Beauty Workshop builds on the work of Hey Dr. Cort! and El Club del Espendru to promote pride and awareness of Black culture, identity, and history in the Afro - Cuban community. 

The goal of the Afro - Cuban Skin Care + Beauty Workshop is to empower Afro - Cuban women via education and access to beauty products and beauty + skincare knowledge. By utilizing education of best skincare practices for melanated skin as a tool, we seek to empower Afro - Cubans to recognize, embrace and celebrate their unique features and skin tones by providing the  best beauty resources for melanated skin that is not available on the island.

The Afro - Cuban Skincare + Beauty Workshop follows up on the programming of El Club del Espendru, which includes: The Annual Festival de las Munecas Negras (Black Doll Festival), their collaborative community workshops for Black hair care and styling, Afro - Cuban history, as well a Afro - Vegan nutrition and sustainable urban farming initiatives. Funds raised will support future programming of El Club del Espendru on the island.  


We need your help to make it happen!

There has been an update from the State Department regarding American travel to Cuba. The administration and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced new amendments to eliminate the popular category of “People to People" travel from the list of approved categories to travel to the island. That is the category that our trip would fall under. 

That being said, the legalities of how we can get you all down there as American citizens is still a bit too nebulous and our time before departure is incredibly short, so we are going to have to cancel the workshop scheduled from July 20-21. Logistics are being ironed out so that our group can proceed with this work in the near future.

Dr. Cort will still be heading to Cuba next month. While there she will be donating your Beauty products to the women of Cuba. Contribute to our Skincare + Beauty Drive with an in-kind donation. We are looking for unopened beauty products and tools for a variety of skin tones, including but not limited to, foundation, moisturizers, lip products, eyeliner, beauty tools, etc.


Meet nelli...

The Purpose Driven Artist


Shennel Patrick, better known as Nelli, is a Makeup Artist, Beauty Expert and a Serial Creative whose vision extends far beyond the palette. She’s making strides in the beauty industry, landing celebrity clients, magazine features, and  success as a Beauty Educator + Content Creator. Nelli’s unwavering ambition and stubborn determination have meant that not even a challenging childhood, many difficult years as an undocumented immigrant in the concrete jungles of Brooklyn, or a near-fatal car accident could deter her passion for Makeup Artistry and all things Beauty. 

Nelli's commitment to her Artistry is total - MIND, BODY + SPIRIT. God being the ultimate Creator + Artist, she believes He places a calling over the lives of the ones He blesses with His gifts.  Far beyond tips + techniques, she also believes her purpose as an Educator is to enlighten Artists (particularly in the Beauty Industry) on the importance of staying connected to the Giver of their gifts in order to manifest it's intended power. Your gifts can only make room for you through TOTAL submission to God. 

As she grows professionally and spiritually, Nelli's vision is to expand the way in which she connects to and transform her client's Beauty. With hopes of one day being a Global Beauty Educator - Nelli stays awake studying African Beauty across the globe. The mission is to highlight, honor and celebrate African Beauty, internationally.

"God has begun a good work and I'm excited to be a vessel." xoxo Nelli


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