Black Girls Rock
The 5th annual Black Girls Rock went down at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx on Saturday and it was nothing less than amazing.
Heavy Hitter, Beverly Bond teamed up with BET to make this year’s awards special—
The first ever televised Black Girls Rock.
The non-profit organization caters to young black girls to contribute to their healthy development at a time when negative images of black women filtrate everything they see. The program promotes the arts as well mentorship as the girls study the art of DJing at the Scratch DJ Academy, learn the art of poetry in “I Rhyme like a Girl” spoken-word workshops, go on college tours and attend summer camps.
Beverly Bond said it all started as a T-shirt…
With host, Nia Long, Black Girls Rock acknowledged some angry black women—women under the age of 26 that are definitely M.A.D—Making A Difference.
The celebrity honorees of the night included Raven Symone, Missy Elliot for being a visionary in this industry, Keke Palmer, Iyanla Vanzant, and iconic living legend Ruby Dee.
Something that highlighted the purpose of the night were the words of Ruby Dee, “I’m not where I’m going to be, I’m always becoming,” as well as the affirmation from Iyanla Vanzant that “Black Girls Rock, because we have no other choice.”
The Black Girls Rock Awards focus on the women who have become positive role models and have accomplished success to great lengths in their careers.
The show is for everyone though. Black or white, boy or girl, you’ll be inspired. And we haven’t told you everything. Watch it on BET, November 7th at 8pm to see who performed, which UK artist to look out for, who tore the house down in a tribute to Nina Simone, and how empowering Beverly Bond’s movement has become.
Photos are courtesy of BET