“Black Girls Rock! is about celebrating our beauty, power, courage, & brilliance. [Empowering] ourselves, loving ourselves, & each other.”
Words, so eloquently spoken, aptly described the 2nd Annual Black Girls Rock! Awards show that aired this past Sunday night at 8pm on BET .
The 2011 Honorees were: Tatyana Ali, Shirley Caesar, Angela Davis, Taraji P. Henson, Laurel Richie, as well as [Malika Saada Saar] and Imani Walker. Each acceptance speech was truly heartfelt, inspiring, and expressed the genuine passion each woman has for the significant contributions made within their respective realms.
To describe the performances throughout the show as phenomenal, would be an understatement! Combined, the artists brought high energy, soulful ballads, amazing vocals, and spiritual inspiration to their songs, in harmony with a rockin’ all-girl band.
While I thoroughly enjoyed watching each performer, my most fave were: E. Badu’s funky rendition of “Apple Tree” (which was a combination of her own instrumentation, beatboxing, and a sample of Afrika Bambaataa’s 1982 hit, “Planet Rock”), Miss Jilly from Philly’s commanding roar of “Womanifesto”, and last, but certainly not least, rising artist, Elle Varner’s, neo-soulful chords over her debut hit, “Only Wanna Give It To You”.
Amidst the appearances, performances, recognitions, as well as Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King being such entertaining hosts, viewers were also enlightened on the origination of the Black Girls Rock! movement.
Established in 2006 by Celebrity DJ and former model, Beverly Bond, Black Girls Rock! existed well before the awards show began broadcasting annually on BET. BGR! is a non-profit organization that seeks to empower young women of color through mentorship, arts education, cultural exploration, and public service.
For more information on the Black Girls Rock! organization, or to see highlights of Sunday’s show, click here: http://www.bet.com/shows/black-girls-rock/2011.html
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