Desreta Jackson, born in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, is best known for her starring role as the "young Celie" in the Oscar-nominated film, The Color Purple, directed by Steven Spielberg starring Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, and Laurence Fishburne, 1985.
Her stellar performance in The Color Purple, launched her career, landing her such roles as those in Sister Act, Mancuso FBI and other made-for-TV movies, along with producing one of the first reality shows made for television, setting a trend before reality shows became the accepted norm.
Among many other accomplishments, Ms. Jackson was honored with the 2011 Prestige Award for her contribution to African American history, being honorably cited in the African American Film Encyclopedia, as an iconic actress in cinematic history.
Channeling her energy in other directions, Desreta's natural business savvy and negotiations, 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 investing 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 members of communities in need- causing her company Mohogany Mane and its' innovative concepts to go viral.
Ms. Jackson's philanthropic approach attracted many International companies, seeking her advice, including National Companies such as Motorola, AppleOne, and Activation for her strategic marketing. She worked in creating and restructuring programs; managing events with a strong focus on execution and closure. Her unconventional techniques and hands-on approach paid off, leading to the successful launching of the video game "Tony Hawk 2" on a two man team at Activision that made history and lead the company to come under budget for two years in a row.
Currently, she is making her name in yet another industry, setting another level of innovation and business foresight with her company brand BlackSilk, “The First African American Luxury Hair Care Line”, where she was credited in 2012 by "Innovative Technology and Breakthroughs" as "the Madam C.J Walker of the New Millennium...".
Today, Desreta engages her time and energy to open new doors to other concepts, seeking to bring about a change as 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 her own production company Desicon Pictures.
I have spent 12 years researching and perfecting my own techniques. I started making my own shampoos, conditioners, oils, and treatments, and along the way discovered someEXISTING products that were not intended to be used leading to creating Blacksilk.
We are a new television and film production company that help produce & aid in distribution of independent film and television projects.
This first of its kind tour that focuses on only vendors and customers who want and offer products that are all natural or safe for the hair, mind, body or soul we have crossed both gender and race lines proven from our launch off expo in Ontario, California in 2014.
Actor/ Producer/ Director/Entrepreneur