Last night this year’s Black Girls Rock was broadcasted on BET & Centric. Once again it was a very inspirational event.
The event was hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross & Regina King, who were funny & perfect as usual. The honorees were Ava Duvernay, as a Shot Caller, Cicely Tyson as a Living Legend, Erykah Badu as a Rock Star, Jada Pinkett Smith for Star Power, Nadia Robb as a Change Agent, & Dr. Helene Gayle as a Social Humanitarian. They gave amazingly beautiful speeches encouraging black women to continue to push the limits & know their worth. Although these woman were specifically honored the event celebrated all black girls who rock.
There were amazing performances by Jill Scott, Fantasia, Faith Evans, Lalah Hathaway, Ciara, & Estelle. There was also a roof-raising 70s tribute featuring Cheryl Lynn performing Got To Be Real, Alicia Myers, & Kathy Sledge of The Sledge Sisters. It was a great way to conclude the night.
There was also a very special appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama. She gave words of encouragement & spoke on why she feels black girls rock. There was opposition, saying that her saying black girls rock is discrimination.
Black Girls Rock is about black women & girls being affirmed. It’s not against any other kind of women. It does not mean they do not rock, but there are plenty of other spaces confirming that they rock. If you type beauty into Google you will have to scroll & scroll to find a black woman & forget about a brown one. Magazines, videos, tv, movies have been affirming the beauty of white women for years. While the features of black women have been degraded time & time again. It’s hard as a black woman not to feel like you’re at the bottom of the food chain. Initiatives like black girls rock are so important because it is one of few forums that encourages black women to love themselves & one another. We say black girls rock because it needs to be said. So many things in society are there to tell white women they rock. It is beyond time for black women to create that space.
Salute to Beverly Bonds & Debra Lee for creating this platform. To help continue not only the awards, but all the other programs through Black Girls Rock, go to blackgirlsrockinc.com to donate. You can also see the show again tomorrow night.
Below are photos from last night’s show: