June 30, 2016

Black Girls Rock! Founder Beverly Bond Is Publishing A Book Celebrating Black Women

Beverly Bond at the 2016 Black Girls Rock! Awards

Written by Mike Orie of TheConsciousTip.com

Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond is publishing a book celebrating Black women. The book is titled, Black Girls Rock!: Celebrating the Power, Beauty and Brilliance of Black Women. According to a statement released by Bond,the book will “combine powerful photography with inspirational advice, original poetry, and affirmations to showcase the complexity, dynamism, achievements and diverse cultural traditions of Black women from around the world.” The book will be published with Atria Publishing Group's imprint, 37 INK and is expected to release in the Fall of 2017.

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Bond founded Black Girls Rock! in 2006, and in 2010 debuted what has now become its annual signature event celebrating Black women. “This book will affirm, elevate, and celebrate the unique narratives and rich experiences of Black women and girls around the world for generations to come,” says Bond. At the age of 17 she moved to New York to pursue a career as a model, eventually working with brands such as Guess, Diesel Jeans, Nike and Nordstroms. Her passion for record collecting would land her a career as a DJ. She would start out DJing in local clubs but in just a year grow to become one of New York's hottest DJ's.

Black Girls Rock! still remains a very prominent force in the positive promotion, celebration and congregation of Black women in one space to acknowledge their accomplishments. In a time where Black women aren't appreciated to their fullness, Bond's platform offers a home. Earlier this year, Black Girls Rock! celebrated its 10th anniversary. We heard speeches from the likes of Rihanna, Amandla Stenberg, and several others as they poured their hearts out about their experiences. Beverly Bond has launched a platform that has affected millions around the world, and her book may do the same. "From millennials to baby boomers and beyond, her book is going to help our communities affirm and heal. I think of it as an I Dream A World for our time," says 37 INK publisher Dawn Davis. Stay tuned for more info on the release.

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Mike "Orie" Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website www.theconscioustip.com. In his spare time, he's probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie.

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