I’m black and I’m proud
My Black is Beautiful
Black Girls Rock
Fight the Power
There once was a time in which our entertainers had the same goal of black empowerment and racial progression as the civil rights leaders. Getting back to a time where we embraced being ourselves and took pride in our race and appearance sometimes seems so far off. Will such a time ever return? The natural hair trend made a comeback and is sticking around for a while. The Zimmerman v The State trial, the election of our President Barack Obama, the reelection of our President Barack Obama; These events pulled our people together, but was the string strong enough? We seem to drift slowly apart. What element is missing from today that was prevalent during the BLACK POWER movement? Our songs and television programs lack self acceptance and don’t bring awareness to injustice in America. As of late few movies (Django, The Help, The Butler, 12 Years a Slave) have made major statements and attempts to bring injustice back to the big screen for awareness purposes, but what happens after the awareness? Where is the massive action that comes after?
No one wants to be controversial. Controversy however, brings about change.
Rather than rallying the troops together for a riot, raid, walk/march or sit in, Black America is choosing to prove our greatness through positive actions. The composure held throughout the President’s two terms has been the blueprint on fighting this battle of equality and acceptance as American people.
The televised award ceremony Black Girls Rock honors Black women and girls for their achievements and community involvement. Shining the light on deserving women who may otherwise get no recognition because they choose greatness over ignorance; Women and girls such as Misty Copeland-a talented black ballerina; Ameena Matthews-a community activist who puts her life on the line to help annihilate the violent streets of Chicago; Mara Brock-Akil- the voice of black women in sitcom television whose speech was so powerful it helped awaken the writer inside of me; Marian Wright an advocate for education and children in poverty; And young girls who speak out, and step up to make a difference in their communities through outreach programs, and keeping our neighborhood safe and clean. Such a refreshing revelation, Visine to a hazy eye. Awakening the awareness of “Awesomeness” possessed by our people. Accomplished hosts Regina King and Tracee Ellis Ross elegant and eloquent; poised and proud to celebrate being a black woman. Performances by the great Janelle Monae, Kelly Rowland & Sevyn Streeter and EVE, Jennifer Hudson, Ledisi, Amber Riley, and Ms. Patti LaBelle. Showcasing talent and beauty of all shapes, sizes and skin tones. This was simply a night to celebrate US and feel good about being black in America.
Black people have a powerful presence being positive or negative. Knowing the negative images will be automatically acknowledged, its great to spotlight the positive images in our people, making a difference in the community and within self. This show gives young girls an image of self acceptance with hopes of wiping out the mental image of video girl, sports groupie/baby mama as being a successful future. Black Girls Rock is a show and program promoting black empowerment, and positive imaging for young girls to look up to as a reflection of themselves. They host leadership camps and workshops for young girls of color; making a great deposit into the future of our race.
The social media community chimed in during the airing of this show with positive and negative comments which is always expected, but what was shocking was the sad attempts at comedy coming from some black men watching the program. Ignorant comments about body shape, outfits and hair styling was all some men could obtain from the showcase of wonderful black women. A major problem with the image of women comes from ignorant men! (Another blog another time). The response from the women in regards to these negative comments was all positivity. Proving that Love conquers all. If we can continue on this path of self empowerment and acceptance our race can advance to a level that is needed to overcome the mental incarceration placed on our ancestors which we’ve inherited.
KUDOS to BET
Mary J Blige-#BlackGirlsRock is a prime example of all the exceptional women of color who continue to strive for greatness in their respected fields.
zellie @zellieimani: We are living in an amazing time to see the creation and growth of projects such as #blackgirlsrock and @BlackGirlsCode
Nikia @chitown_fashion: Shouts to Ameena Matthews for taking a stand against gun violence in Chicago! She is the epitome of fearlessness. #BlackGirlsRock…
Demetria Lucas @abelleinbk: “Even if no one else sees you, I see you.” — Mara Brock Akil #blackgirlsrock #BET #dontwasteyourpretty
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