Black Girls Rock

This will be long but I mean… what else do you expect when I get to praise black women?!!

With nods to the greats like Queen Latifah, Janet Jackson and her mother Diana Ross, Tracee Ellis Ross started this magnificent show with pure comedy. She did an awesome job hosting, looked fabulous doing it, and I am waiting for her to receive her own BGR award one day (maybe next year).

The women that were honored

Dani Gurira (Star Power) – where to start. Let’s see… Dani is beyond gorgeous. This woman is so inspiring. She doesn’t back down from a challenge. She is taking matters into her own hands and writing/producing plays that shed light on issues for women around the world. She remains humble at every step of her journey and yet shines so radiantly amongst her peers.

You are designed for greatness… your power and your resilience will help to heal this world” – speaking life over each other. Reinforcing positivity within her own community.

“I am so grateful to be a black woman. I would be so jealous if I were anything else.” – Thank you Maya Angelou.

Amanda Stenberg (Young Gifted and Black)this young woman refuses to NOT speak her mind. She is proof that our youth is powerful. Her brilliance shined throw when she spoke out about cultural appropriation. Most teens don’t feel like their voice means something but Amanda said no to silence. Her future is so bright and I  can’t wait to see what great things are in her future.

Referencing being a black woman: “[In] fact it is the reason why I am beautiful and intelligent and you cannot stop me” – you better shout it from the roof tops baby girl!! Be proud of every aspect of who you are. It’s what makes us strong and pushes us for greatness!

Gladys Knight (Living Legend) – this woman is one of the greatest legends of all time. She is our Auntie that reminds us that we can always go home, that we have everything we need inside us, and women can lead men.

“When you respect yourself, you learn how to respect others.” – This is just important for many reasons. If you think about it, think of the times that you didn’t feel so great about yourself and how you interacted with others. Now think about the moments you feel 100% and on top of the world. How did you interact with people then? When we take charges of ourselves, we can take charge of the world.

 Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi (Community Change Agent) – this is what women coming together to make a stance looks like. 3 different voices came together with on common ground and make America look twice and what is happening it its own backyard

“We who believe in freedom will not rest until it comes” – this speaks volumes. We can’t just talk about social injustice. We just fight each and every day until we see the changes come to life.

Shonda Rhimes (Shot Caller) – how can you know about this woman and not be blown away by her accomplishments. I am one of the millions that tune in on Thursday nights to watch her insane creations! She’s placed women in powerful lead roles with Grey’s Anatomy and took it to a new level by having a black woman in a controversial character and transforming TV. How to Get Away with Murder is one of the most amazing shows I’ve ever watched. It has a female lead character that is just as bold as any male role showing that women are just a great as men. With her writing skills, Shonda is blazing a trail for women that will leave all men in the dust if they aren’t careful.

“Your paths are clear and your stories are whatever you decide they’re going to be. You are the builders of the 21st century. You have a right to the universe. You were given then right simply by being born. So you already rock.” – Just read it a few times over and let that sink it.

“Change the world and when you’ve done that change it again.” – Again… read it a few times over and let that sink in.

Rihanna (Rock Star)- talk about taking the world by storm and not stopping any time soon. She’s dealt with very public ups and downs and has remained true to herself throughout it all. She takes no BS from anyone and stands her ground. She never hides from her truth but embraces it showing us all that even our flaws are beautiful

“The minute you learn to love yourself you will not want to be anybody else.” – Preach RiRi!! PREACH! We are told every day to be more like someone else when in all honesty the only person we have to be is ourselves. The sooner we all figure that out and believe it, the sooner we will allows ourselves to dedicate the time to other matter. Matters that allow us to take over the world.

The One that Started It All

Beverly Bond (Founder of Black Girls Rock) – this beautiful woman saw a need to celebrate black women because no one else will do it. I would just type her entire speech but I’ll just mention the 2 things that made me shout YESSSS!!!!!!!!

“Our black is not beautiful but our features can be bought and sold to enhance the beauty of other women. When the black girl swag and black girl aesthetic are only dope without the black girl but skyrockets in value and is put on a pedestal when it’s appropriated, purchased, and placed on other bodies”

“To all the black girls all over the world, own your magic, walk in your purpose, and rock your truth”

This show is so important. In a society where black women are made to feel less than, deemed as sexual objects, and pushed aside in media, we need a platform that celebrates us. It took me a while to actually sit down and watch the award show (life got in the way) but from now on I will make it a point to tune it. This was an absolutely beautiful showcasing of black women and all of our glory. There’s a part 2 coming for the performers and M.A.D. girls.

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