The Black Pearl – Bronx, NY

Name: The Black Pearl

Founder– Phylicia Henry



Telephone: (347) 815-5582

The Black PEARL©-Pretty, Educated, Aware, Refined, Ladies-Program is an initiative created by La Perle Noire LLC which is designed to teach and encourage young women on how to tap into their inner being and accept who they are instead of what they are not. We are devoted to educating young girls on self-confidence and a positive self-esteem.

The true essence, power, strength and beauty all rely within ourselves. PEARL’s underlying message for young women is to seek approval with oneself without seeking the approval of others. We moderate and encourage a series of discussions and workshops shaped by our own curriculum on self-esteem, beauty and wellness. Our curriculum has been developed to address the sensitive and difficult topics that arise during the teenage and adolescent years.

We want to provide the guidance needed to persevere through difficult situations. Too often young women compare themselves to false images of perfection and depictions seen in the media, advertisements and on television. In extreme cases this has lead to self-loathing emotions, physical alterations and self-deprecation.
Our goal is to encourage young women to know and understand that they are beautiful. This means being able to change the way we think about ourselves and understand that as young adults living in today’s society, it is important to view and acknowledge all forms of beauty, as oppose to one particular image of beauty that may corrupt the minds of teens and lead to self hatred.


Afro Puffs and Ponytails is constantly searching for information about camps, clubs and organizations, and mentoring programs to provide as resources for parents and community organizers. It is our hopes that each resource provided will serve to build confidence, enhance self esteem, develop leadership skills, empower, uplift and educate our African American girls. We are not recommending these programs, but offering a starting point for you to conduct your own evaluation and research about whether a program is right for your child.

For an up-to-date listing of other programs for African American girls within the USA, please click here.


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