Brooklyn, NY has long been a melting pot of black culture and the stomping grounds of many influential black people. Take Susan Smith McKinney Steward, for example. She was the first black female doctor in the state of New York. Then there was Black abolitionist Elizabeth Gloucester who invested in Brooklyn real estate and at the time of her death, was one of the richest women in the country. To say that Brooklyn’s roots of Black excellence run deep is an understatement. They go further back than the makers of some of the biggest forms of entertainment we know today.

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Moreover, Brooklyn’s representation of the African diaspora is arguably stronger than any other major city. There are very few other places that you can find Trinidadians, Jamaicans, Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, Blacks and Haitians all in such close proximity, sharing and learning from one another’s similar but distinct culture. It’s a shared commonality of pursuing a dream in a place far from home and passing down stories for generations. That is DRK Beauty.

We caught up with some DRK Beauties in Brooklyn not too long ago. Their daring and unique self-expression through by vibrant colors and standout accessories caught our attention. We captured their brilliance on camera.