Black Business Month
Self-Care with Brown Girl Jane's Tai Beauchamp
“Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then.” — Diana Ross
Self-care is a deeply personal act. It involves knowing self on a deep level, being attuned to the ebbs and flows of emotion, knowing when to push your body and when to nurture all the same. CBD stands as a natural product that supports self-care, one that can help with everything from skincare to sleep cycles. Brown Girl jane, founded by Tai Beauchamp, Malika Jones, and Nia Jones, serves as an ode to taking care of self. Whether it is stressed out skin or disrupted circadian rhythms due to travel or motherhood, Brown Girl jane likely has a product to support that ailment.
Tai Beauchamp is a dynamic woman in business. She is an award-winning producer, tv host, and brand consultant. Above all, she is an influential woman who owns her space at the intersections of beauty, wellness, journalism, and marketing. Her journey as a business woman is equal parts innovative and explorative. We asked her a few questions about CBD and its benefits, her career path, and her advice to other Black women in business. We felt seen in so many parts of her story and believe there is truly something for everyone and anyone in her words. We hope her story resonates with you too.
It is so refreshing to see a CBD brand that speaks to us brown girls everywhere! Can you share a bit about how CBD has personally impacted your life?
I will say, like many women of color, and especially black women who grew up hearing, “Just say no to drugs,” and who knew of the overcriminalization of black and brown people around cannabis, I was a very late adapter in every regard. But, I really came to love and understand the powerful benefits of CBD, the non-psychoactive part of the plant, during a time when I was not only stressed but sleep-deprived. I have traveled more than 50% of the year for close to 10 years. It took its toll on my sleep patterns. That combined with running my company, managing a team and life, created levels of stress that I think many dynamic women face. I thought of trying CBD just to support feeling better. Not long after beginning to experiment with CBD, Malaika and Nia, my co-founders and Spelman sisters, shared that they were developing a line and sent me some of the product to try. I was traveling between LA, DC, Qatar, and NYC in the span of 2 weeks and knew I would need something to help me feel more balanced and to rest. I tried it and within less than a week, I felt better. I was sold!
You have a beautifully eclectic career. Can you share more about your background and career path?
I began my career in publishing, starting as an intern while I was a student at Spelman College. I was very fortunate to land probably one of the most dynamic and coveted roles right out of Spelman as the fashion and beauty assistant at then newly launched, O, the Oprah Magazine. I rose to the ranks of Beauty Editor at O and then went on to Seventeen Magazine as Beauty and Fitness Director and then Deputy Editor of Vibe Vixen. I began consulting in philanthropy in between my time at Seventeen and landing at Vibe Vixen, which was how I began producing and working with brands as a spokesperson. All the while, many didn’t realize that I was producing my own content and still consulting with brands behind-the-scenes. I was (and still am) fortunate to be able to do these things across platforms. I still host TV. I still produce as well. And I’m working with my co-founders to build the preeminent wholeness brand of the future, Brown Girl jane!
What advice do you have for other Black women in business?
Prioritize your wholeness, spiritual and emotional health and physical health as much as possible. Not having these in place can make business and life more challenging than necessary. I know it’s not easy. Start small and commit.
Ask for help when you need it. Don’t try to act like you know what you don’t know. Ask for support and then learn what you can. But recognize that we all have natural gifts and talents. I used to think it was great to say I was good at everything. That is not my thinking anymore. There are things I know well and there are areas where it is best for me to enlist others.