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    Beverly Bond: Takes Black Girls Rock To Another Level And Gives Ireporter Krystol Diggs The Scoop

     
    When I first saw Black Girls Rock, I was at home one day watching BET. I was so excited that there was something geared toward professional African American women doing positive things. I hadn’t known much about the organization, but the concept was very creative. Today, I’m happy to have the opportunity to interview the CEO and Founder of Black Girls Rock, Ms. Beverly Bond. What started out as a t-shirt has now became an outlet or an entity for the African American community.

    Beverly Bond starting spinning in the year 2000, and started Black Girls Rock in 2006. The award show was on the air in 2010, but before that it was still going on. I asked Ms. Bond, if she thought that Black Girls Rock would have been as big as it was? She stated, “ It’s a situation of my past. It feels like everything has come through. People see a new level of your growth. Everything is an extinction of what I was doing before.” “ I thought Black Girls Rock would be a great t-shirt. I started writing names of prominent women from the present and the past that are heroes. As I started to write the names down, I saw that this was bigger than a t-shirt, “ Beverly says.

    “ I was overwhelmed by looking at how many women in our culture and young girls. I wanted a platform for women to look like us to have a role model and someone to look up to, “ Beverly states. Beverly says that it was incredible partnering with BET although she was talking with other networks. “ I wanted to make sure that the show was keeping its integrity and I wanted to make sure that my vision stayed in tact.” When I watched the award show on TV, I was curious to know how the selection of the recipients was done. Beverly stated that a committee is bought together and gathered where a lot of people help to research information, but it’s not hard to figure out who have not gotten the proper recognition that they deserve.

    Tomorrow, April 5, 2014, Beverly Bond will be having a “ Rock! Like A Girl!” concert that will kick off at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. There will be not only the concert but also a panel that will highlight women in hip-hop that will be produced and filmed. The concert will feature Miss Lauryn Hill, MC Lyte, Jean Grae, Miri Ben-Ari, and more. The performances will be followed by a compelling conversation on hip-hop, feminism, art, and social action. Confirmed panelists include: Martha Diaz, MC Lyte, Rahiel Tesfamariam, Jean Grae, Imani Perry and Ana Tijoux. Beverly Bond will also have a think tank discussion. Black GIRL ROCK! THiNK, TANK + ROCK! LIKE A GIRL PRESENTS: HIP-HOP FEMINISM - THE REMIX is a panel that will bring together a dynamic group of artists, scholars, journalists and activists to examine the intersection of gender and power in hip-hop music. The panel will focus on the unique boundaries women who are hip-hop artists encounter in this male dominated industry, hip-hop's effect on the identity development of the next generation of girls and the possibility of creating new approaches to using hip-hop as a tool to elevate women's voices, frame feminist thought and shape women's empowerment. I must say that I am so excited to be able to be apart of this monumental event. I look forward to the performances and panel. “ There is a lot of women supporting women and everyone was excited about the project itself even if they were not able to attend. I’m excited about the entire event especially Lauryn Hill who will be performing. She’s an incredible genius and is one of those artist who is up there with the best of them”, Beverly says.

    Black Girls Rock now has an international reach! Yes, there are participants that come from all over to be apart of this great movement. I’m proud of the success that Beverly Bond has done thus far; I know she will continue to strive with greatness. I’m fortunate to be able to come to the event and witness something that hasn’t been done in a long time. Stay tuned for my review, where I will give the scoop of the great event in an upcoming article.

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