Desreta Jackson, born in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. She is best known for her starring role as “young Celie” in the 1985 Oscar-nominated film, “The Color Purple.” Directed by Steven Spielberg, which features Oprah Winfrey and Laurence Fishburne, stars Whoopie Goldberg as adult Celie Harris. Her stellar performance in “The Color Purple” launched her career, landing her such roles like those in SisterAct, Mancuso FBI and other made-for-TV movies. It also led to Ms. Jackson producing one of the first reality shows made for television, setting the trend before reality shows became the accepted norm. Among many other accomplishments, Ms. Jackson honored with the 2011 Prestige Award for her contribution to African American history, honorably cited in the African American Film Encyclopedia, as an iconic actress in cinematic history. She is truly a living legend where you may see the clothes she wore and her name in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture for her role in The Color Purple. She was honored with not one but two prestigious MAC AWARDS by the state of Virginia for Black History Month (VaBHMA). Desreta was the guest of honor being recognized for her philanthropy in the black community and entrepreneurship along with the BULLDOG award for her devotion and perseverance to overcome obstacles. These awards are given only to those who have personally and professionally advocated a future of racial freedom and equality to keep the “Yes We Can” dream alive.
The Black Hair Consiparcy, a self-published book after only four months published, caught the attention of many for her innovative concept. They are placing her as a first-time author a part of history. The book “The Black Hair Conspiracy” is a part of The Blair Caldwell’s special collection on Black Hair. The Blair Caldwell Reference Library and Musem is an association and a part of the world-renowned Smithsonian Museum. Desreta’s natural business savvy and negotiation skills inspired her journey into social activism. She invested over 1.1 million dollars of personal finances into rebuilding her community of Watts, Los Angeles. She dedicated time to invest in home restoration projects that provided victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse, Homelessness, and their families with a home they could call their own. She pioneered a program that focused on educating and hiring community members in need, leading to her company Mohogany Mane and its innovative concepts to go viral. Ms. Jackson’s philanthropic approach attracted many international companies seeking her advice and national companies for her strategic marketing. She has worked in creating and restructuring programs and managing events with a strong focus on execution and closure.
Currently, she is making her name in yet another industry. She’s setting another level of innovation and business foresight with her brand BlackSilk, “African American Luxury Hair Care Line,” where she is credited in 2012 as “the Madam C.J Walker of the New Millennium” and recognized by “Innovative Technology and Breakthroughs” to make a change in the hair care industry by bringing the first of its kind, 3-step system to press the silky hair straight as a replacement to the conventional perm. Her company has now acquired an extensive amount of aces in California prime farmland. They grow and manufacture all of their healing ingredients to bring the quality of products to the affordable market and produce the universal healing concepts of healing that Mrs. Jackson shares in her book. Today and continually, Desreta engages her time and energy to open new doors and concepts. She’s seeking to bring about a change she is the creator & producer of “The Healthy Hair Expos.”(the first expo to break race and gender lines and bring only all-natural vendors under one roof) as well as through her television and film production company, Desicon Pictures.