Over 200 girls from New Orleans gathered in the city’s historic Joy movie theater on Friday to see My Black Is Beautiful’s (MBIB) documentary “Imagine A Future.” The viewing was one of the many community-focused events taking place during the four-day 2013 Essence Festival.

The film, which is co-directed by Shola Lynch and Lisa Cortes, follows Janet Goldsboro, a teenager from Delaware who is struggling with self-acceptance and takes a journey to South Africa to find herself. Goldsboro’s issues primarily stem from the color of her skin — she feels that her dark complexion makes her unattractive and worthless.

Sadly, Goldsboro isn’t alone, which is why MBIB teamed up with Walmart, Black Girls Rock! and Girl Up Nola, a girl-empowerment initiative started by New Orleans first lady Cheryl Landrieu, to gather the large group of girls to see the documentary.

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