This was a fabulous weekend to be a Black girl! Not only did “Four Colored Girls” premier to fabulous box office numbers, but last night BET aired, “Black Girls Rock!” which honored Black women making a difference and being trailblazers in their field. The show, which has been going on in New York City since 2006, paid homage to Raven Symone, Missy Elliott, Keke Palmer, Teresa Clarke, Ruby Dee, Major General Marcelite J. Harris and Dr. Iyanla Vanzant. And it was absolutely FABULOUS!
The legendary DJ Beverly Bond created Black Girls Rock! four years ago while making a name for herself by rocking parties for everyone from Alicia Keys to Martha Stewart. In an interview with the New York Times, Bond explained that she wanted to counteract the media’s images of Black women and give younger sisters something to look up to. “There are too many messages in the media that are too adult, one-sided, and objectify women. I want them to know it’s cool to be smart and creative and to be their own age.”
Black Girls Rock! provides arts education, public service opportunities, and mentoring to girls ages 12-17. Beverly Bond credits her mom with introducing her to music, which ended up becoming her passion. It has been her hope to share her love of the arts with other Black girls to help them build their self-esteem and make positive life choices.
This year’s Black Girls Rock! awards show was a sight to behold. The room was filled with women from all walks of life who came together to honor those making a difference. The speeches, like the rousing speech by Dr. Iyanla Vanzant, were at once inspiring and a call to action, reminding us to continue shining our lights in the world, while helping our sisters find their own.
If the speeches weren’t enough to have you saying, amen, the performances took us to CHURCH. Monica, Keri Hilson, and VV Brown all killed it. But the showstopper was the performance of Nina Simone’s classic, “Four Women.” Kelly Price, Marsha Ambrosius, Jill Scott, and Ledisi came together and made magic. Their soul-stirring rendition was the pinnacle of an inspiring evening.
Don’t believe me? Watch it for yourself and you will be blown away.
Black Girls Rock! is more than just an awards show or a mentoring program, it is a movement. As Beverly Bond so eloquently relayed during the show, “Instead of being defined, we’re defining ourselves.” Say word!