Black Girls Rock! Is a non-profit organization devoted to mentoring Black women through arts, music, and culture. The orginzaiton was founded by DJ and model Beverly Bond young Black women combat the negative elements that are unfortunately associated with women of color. Contrary to whatever is out in the media these days, not every Black girl is a ho, golddigger, or video vixen, and the main mission of Black Girls Rock! Is to mentor and support Black women through music, fashion, and the arts.
The second annual Black Girls Rock! Awards took place at the Lincoln Center for Jazz at the Time Warner Center in New York City, during VH1 Hip-Hop Honors weekend. The awards show is a fund raiser to send girls to the DJ Scratch Academy. In addition, the organization handed 10 awards to Black people who are an inspiration to males and females alike.
Awards went out to such famous names as Common and Missy Elliott, as well as some not so-household names like Lisa Evers and Sylvia Rhone. A special “Monument Award” was also given out to the Rutgers Women’s Basketball team, who were on the receiving end of Don Imus’ “Nappy Headed Ho’s” comment. Unfortunately the basketball players were not at the event, but they received a standing ovation anyway.
And of course, there was music. Performers included, Chrisette Michelle (who I really need to catch up on cause she’s the truth!), Black female country artist Rissi Palmer, the wonderful Emily King, Jean Baylor (formerly of Zhane), and Marsha Ambrosius of Floetry, who in a shy timid British accent set behind the piano and admitted she didn’t know what to play, but brought the house down with her rendition of “Say Yes.” (Seriously people, homegirl is on point, and nice as hell too.)
Of course, with any award show–from your 6th Grade talent completion all the way up to the Grammys–there will always be your technical difficulties, mistakes, and no-shows. But let’s forget about that. This was an event showcasing the best in Black culture. Many people asked the question Saturday night– “Why isn’t this on TV?” I kept asking myself the same thing. Why in the hell isn’t BET, TV One, or even VH1 all over this?
But TV or no TV, as a Black man, I’m inspired by all of the positive Black women that were in the house that night. Sometimes its so rare to see positive images of Black people that it’s almost like we take the negativity for granted.