Black girls rocked last night as the ‘Black Girls Rock!’ awards honored the lives, work and influence of black women in the media.
The show was broadcast on BET having been taped on Oct. 16 at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx.
Awards were handed out and performances by Keri Hilson, Jill Scott, Monica, Shontelle and Ciara highlighted the evening.
‘Black Girls Rock!’ was a celebration of all that black women have accomplished, not only in the entertainment world. Major General Marcelite J. Harris, the highest ranking woman officer in the Air Force, who won the Trailblazer Award.
Dr. Iyanla Vanzant received a standing ovation after winning the Motivator Award, for exclaiming, “Black girls rock, because we have no other choice. We have a responsibility to rock the world, rock the community and rock the planet so our grandmothers will know that they did not die in vain.”
A highlight of the evening was the award given to Missy Elliot. Presented to her by one of her closest friends Ciara, Elliot received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her visionary work in hip-hop and music.
The founder, CEO, and Executive Producer of Black Girls Rock!, Beverly Bond, thinks the need is urgent. “Our girls are not being told how amazing they really are or how amazing they really can be,” Bond has said.
Bond founded her non-profit organization, Black Girls Rock, to mentor young girls and to combat negative images of black women in the media. She continued, “It is time that we start shouting out to the entire world that ‘we’ Black Girls Rock!”