- Faith & Family
With the seemingly endless stream of negative news featured in the media, “casually” snide comments from neighbors and even family members, sometimes it feels as if Black girls and women are under attack. Unfortunately, the message of low self-worth penetrates too many girls’ psyche until they themselves think less of themselves as well.
To counteract these messages, the New York-based Black Girls Rock was created. To teach Black girls and women to hold their head high knowing their own self-worth and to celebrate the women who have managed to preserve and “rock” their respective industries.
“Black Girls Rock is now at the forefront of a movement inspiring all women of color to take charge of our images, our dignity and our impact on the world,” said founder and CEO of Black Girls Rock, Beverly Bond.
From Oct. 13-15, Black Girls Rock recognized the contributions of various women of color including political activist Angela Davis, gospel legend Shirley Caesar and WNBA President Laurel J. Ritchie.
The weekend-long celebration began with a jam session in New York City that featured the talents of tap master Francis Bradley, the melodic sounds of Estelle and the lyrical flow of Rah Digga among others. Other festivities included: a Black Girls Rock shot caller dinner at the Vermillion Restaurant; and the Black Girls Rock 2011 Awards Show at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx. Established in 2006, Black Girls Rock offers programs such as writing, critical thinking, college prep and even a Scratch DJ Academy — all are designed to build the self-worth and self-esteem of girls of color.
By Kaila Heard