Every black girl and woman has felt the impact of this Superwoman. Beverly Bond showed the world that black girls are magical and they rock. She is living proof that you can do any and everything you set your mind to do. She is a DJ, businesswoman, producer, and a former model. She is most notably known as the founder of Black Girls Rock
She began “Black Girls Rock!” as a T-shirt imprint in 2006. It then grew into a mentoring program of young women to promote empowerment and self-worth. In that same year Beverly created the Black Girls Rock! Awards.
In 2010, Beverly partnered with BET to broadcast the show on a national platform. She was the creator and executive producer of the show. The show honored the accomplishments of black women of all ages in the categories they included, acting, politics, music, and more. Some of the honorees include Missy Elliott, Iyanla Vanzant, Ruby Dee, Angela Davis, Misty Copeland, Ava DuVernay, Janet Jackson, Issa Rae, and Regina King. The show also featured entertainment from women of color. The inaugural show was hosted by Nia Long. The premier garnered 2.7 million viewers. The award show won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Variety Series in 2013 and 2014. The show has reached 10 million viewers annually.
Check out Bond delivering a speech on why she created Black Girls Rock!
In 2015 Beverly initiated an associated organization, Black Girls Rock! Africa. Beverly has stated, “The purpose of Black Girls Rock! Africa platform is to recognize, support, and celebrate the diversity and dynamism of Black women in Africa and the African Diaspora… Black GIrls Rock! Africa will tap into our growing international market by illuminating the vibrant cultures and valiant narratives of our African sisters who are (s)heros and trailblazers.”
Beverly continues to be an advocate for the empowerment of women of color and pushes the narrative that black girls do indeed rock in everything we do.