Sunday night, BET aired the first annual awards show celebrating and commemorating black women and girls around the world, reminding us that Black Girls Rock!
Black Girls Rock is first and foremost a non-profit organization, started in 2006 by Beverly Bond. It started off as an idea for a line of T-shirts, but Bond said it was a concept that needed to be expanded into something greater. The organization works to increase self-esteem and self-worth among African American girls ages 12-17 through volunteering, creative arts, and mentorship.
The broadcast used celebrities as examples of how Black girls can rock, but also celebrated M.A.D girls: girls who Made A Difference in their communities, like Amiya Alexander who owns her own traveling dance studio at age 11.
Nia Long was the elegant host, and the band playing for acts like Jill Scott, Ledisi, Monica, Keisha Cole, Marsha Ambrosius, was ALL female: the horn section, the drums, the base - EVERYTHING! Those black girls truly rocked!