Okay ladies. Just a few days ago our favorite event happened. Black Girls Rock. If you’re unfamiliar with the movement, let’s break it down.
“Black Girls Rock Inc, is a non-profit youth empowerment and mentoring organization established to promote the arts of young women of color”. Established in 2006, Black Girls Rock has been dedicated to the growth of women of color, encouraging them to empower themselves and broaden their horizons. Through mentorship, arts education, cultural exploration and public service, Black Girls Rock has been responsible for leading and creating this movement of change in the cultural status of women.”
This organization has served to celebrate the presence of black women’s narrative in society and mainstream media. Check it out. http://blackgirlsrock.com
The Black Girls Rock (BGR) Awards created by Beverly Bond, celebrates women who are trailblazers, pioneers and inspirations in their fields. The annual awards have honored a numerous amount of African American women who rock across different generations and genres. It’s an event everyone looks forward to each year because it is jam packed with amazing entertainers, performances, love, awards and a whole lot of melanin.
Last year’s BGR, hosted by Taraji P. Henson, delivered performances from SZA, India Arie, Tyrese and Anthony Hamilton, and Tasha Cobbs. Many celebrities were in attendance including Neyo, Tiffany Haddish and Anika Noni Rose to present some of the awards for the night. Issa Rae, Solange, Maxine Waters, Yara Shahidi and Roberta Flack were only some of the amazing women awarded for their work.
Here’s a recap of this years’ show:
- Queen Latifah was hosting! Yes, this living legend gave us a night to remember. What better way to embody Black Girls Rock, than to have the epitome of Black Girl Magic gracing the stage all night?
- Janet Jackson received the Rockstar Award. Long overdue, the iconic Jackson took home the award given to past phenomenal women that are music innovators. This award celebrates women who use their talent to inspire and take their creativity to the highest level. Well deserved Ms. Janet.
- The Star Power award was awarded to known other than Grammy Award winning artist, Mary J. Blige. Long overdue, Mary exemplifies R&B to the highest degree and is an inspiration to almost any new R&B artist, male or female.
- Naomi Campbell received the Black Girl Magic Award. I mean, come on, did we really have to think about that one?
- Judith Jamison, dancer, choreographer and the Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater received the Living Legend Award.
- Performances included Tamia, Fantasia, Yolanda Adams, Rapsody, H.E.R, Victory, Stephanie Mills, Jazmine Sullivan, Ledisi and Cynthia Ervio.
- Aretha Franklin was honored. For starters, Jazmine Sullivan couldn’t have been a better opener. Leaving Ledisi, Cynthia Ervio, Stephanie Mills and Yolanda Adams to bring down the house with some of Aretha’s greatest hits.
- Ciara awarded Janet Jackson. Talk about iconic.
“All girls rock. But Black girls, we just on another level”. – Rihanna, BGR 16’