From the time that we’re little girls, black women are taught to show out! Our fashions, hair, and shoes are always on point–and they were all on display at last night’s Black Girls Rock! at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Bold Afros, funky twist outs, and beautiful braids graced the red carpet as women came out to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Black Girls Rock!, the organization created by model and DJ Beverly Bond.
Last night’s Black Girls Rock! helped reaffirm our pride, beauty, and greatness. We were inspired, empowered, and embraced as woman after beautiful woman gracefully stepped onstage to celebrate one another. From the youngest little girls in the room to the women at home in their living room, we all walked away knowing that we rock.
Honoring women like Rihanna, who received the Rock Star Award, “Shot Caller “Shonda Rhimes, Living Legend Gladys Knight, Black Lives Matter Founders Opal Tometi, Patrice Cullors, and Alicia Garza, who received the Change Agent award, and actresses Danai Gurira, who received the Star Power Award and Amandla Stenberg, who received the Young, Gifted, and Black Award, Black Girls Rock! was an celebratory explosion of #BlackGirlMagic and sisterhood.
Danai taught us to live fearlessly. ” I know it can get tough out there, but know that you are designed for greatness,” and Beverly Bond told us to “own your magic, walk in your purpose, and rock your truth.” Affirmations of our power and beauty were in every speech.
Good God Almighty, Brandy slayed! Jazmine Sullivan reminded us that we’re all a masterpiece, and Andra Day rose up and brought an all-female choir with her. Gladys Knight rocked with some of her greatest hits, and in a rare appearance, Ms. Lauryn Hill closed out the night with a dynamic Fela Kuti inspired rendition of “Lost Ones.”
Each year, Black Girls Rock! continues to slay–from the outfits to the hair to the inspirational messages. This is why we rock!