This Entrepreneur Has a Powerful Message for Black Girls Everywhere

As a kid, artist Yelitsa Jean-Charles cried when she received a black Barbie for Christmas.

Years later, she started the first natural hair doll line, Healthy Roots, to help African-American girls embrace their natural hair. 

A friend Yelitsa made in college embraced her natural hair — and it inspired Yelitsa to do the same. 

Then, the real inspiration for Healthy Roots came.

One day in art class, she heard a student say: "It is not our responsibility as artists to be socially aware or responsible."

Her reaction:

Watch the full video below:

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