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Beyond the Glitz and Glamour at Black Girls Rock

Last night BET aired the annual Black Girls Rock! awards and it was thoroughly entertaining and inspiring. A plethora of African-American women from various backgrounds, professions, and age groups gathered at the New Jersey Performing

Last night BET aired the annual Black Girls Rock! awards and it was thoroughly entertaining and inspiring. A plethora of African-American women from various backgrounds, professions, and age groups gathered at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark for the 10th Annual “Black Girls Rock” celebration.

Black Girls Rock champions positive role models and healthy development for girls of color. The event founded by the legendary DJ Beverly Bond has been an annual event since its inaugural celebration in 2006. Black Girls Rock has grown in size and popularity since then, becoming a massive awards broadcast that has held its own against similar network events and established itself as unique and highly-anticipated vehicle for celebrating the achievements of women of color.

The Night was filled with self-love and black girl power. Shonda Rhimes, Rihanna, and Gladys Knight, Black Lives Matter co-founders Opal Tometi, Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors were among the many honored at last nights events but TV Actress Danai Gurira from the hit AMC show “The Walking Dead” stole the show with her amazing speech. Danai Gurira saluted Dr. Maya Angelou in her acceptance speech for the Star Power award. Danai accepted the award by quoting Dr. Maya Angelou, saying, “I can’t believe my good fortune. I am so grateful to be a black woman. I would be jealous if I were anything else.”

Ms. Lauryn Hill closed out the show, and serenaded the crowd with her classic song “Lost One.” It was a legendary performance. She was also joined by energetic Fela Kuti-Egypt 80-esques dancer wearing African printed skirts. It was a beautiful display of Baba 70. Ms. Hill owned the stage from the beginning to the end of her performance. She shut it down and just about broke the Twitterverse. We salute you Ms. Lauryn Hill for reminding us all of the power of Fela Kuti’s music.

Debo Folorunsho
Debo Folorunsho serves as CEO of Applause Africa Communications and Executive Producer of the African Diaspora Awards. He has worked in Visual Design at Music Creative Group, Warner Music Communications and Design Group, and Permission Data.
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