In a world of entertainment that constantly demeans and degrades women of color, it is important that we learn to celebrate ourselves, which is why BET’s Black Girls Rock is so significant. Black Girls Rock was more than just an awards ceremony; last night the auditorium was filled with massive energy from women of all ages, backgrounds, professions and levels of success. Black Girls Rock aims to encourage and empower young women of color to pursue their goals and passion, but the true phenomenon about last night’s show was that all these women were present for the same reason—to support one another.
One of the main issues that women face, as a unique group, is the lack of support for each other. We are not each other’s competition, if anything we are each other’s crutch. It is imperative that women learn how crucial it is to build each other up. We are not only representing ourselves in media, entertainment, politics and other professions, we are representing the future black girls on the road to achieving the same goals.
Renowned women such as Michelle Obama, Cisely Tyson, Erykah Badu, Jada Pinkett Smith and more overwhelmed the audience with hopeful and reassuring words of wisdom and truth. There was nothing more powerful and inspiring than hearing the stories of these women who have started from the bottom, faced adversity, but have still managed to overcome negativity and hardship to achieve the level of success that they have. We must continue to acknowledge and support the movers and shakers of our time—because we are truly the reflections of each other.
Black Girl Rock is not only creating an ongoing legacy for younger generations of women to follow and be a part of, it’s building a movement of peace and respect in the female community. This movement is encouraging growth and support for one another and emphasizing the importance of sisterhood, in a system that pins us against each other. Check out some #PYNKGirlApproved pictures from the Easter Sunday show.
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Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King hosted the evening
First Lady Michelle Obama gave an amazing and inspiring speech
Erykah Badu performs after accepting her award
Principal Nadia Lopez of Mott Hall Bridges Academy receives an award
Will Smith presents the Star Power award to his wife Jada Pinkett Smith
Ava DuVernay accepts her Star Power award