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Black Girls Rock Awards to air Sunday on BET
When Beverly Bond started the organization Black Girls Rock, her goal was to empower girls of color and give them better images than the often negative depictions seen in the media.
She made a list of women she believed lived up to the mantra, including Beyonce and civil rights figure Ruby Bridges. Although the world knows Beyonce by one name, Ms. Bridges and other important black women are not as celebrated, and Ms. Bond felt that needed to change.
“We have to show them and expose to them these incredible women, and we also have to honor these women,” she said. “Some don’t get their just due in history and in the world. And more important, our youths don’t know about these women.”
The sixth annual Black Girls Rock Awards show is part of Ms. Bond’s mission to change that. The event, to air Sunday for the second straight year on BET, will pay homage to celebrities such as Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson, actress Tatyana Ali and gospel legend Shirley Caesar. It also will honor political activist Angela Davis, WNBA President Laurel J. Richie, and Imani Walker and Malika Saada Saar, the co-founders of the Rebecca Project for Human Rights.
Singer and actress Jill Scott said she was on board with Black Girls Rock from the moment she heard the title.
“We are so valuable to this planet; anytime we can see that and hear that and show that, I’m there,” said Miss Scott, who performed at the ceremony, taped in New York last month. Other performers included Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Melanie Fiona, Mary Mary, Estelle and newcomer Elle Varner.
• Compiled from Web and wire reports