5th Annual Black Girls Rock! Awards - Arrivals

Beverly Bond founded Black Girls Rock! in 2006 to celebrate, empower and uplift black women of color. It reinforces community service, academic excellence, health and wellness. This fall’s award show honored various women who are dedicating their lives to making a difference, from young girls to legendary musicians.

Last month, when “Black Girls Rock” aired and trended on Twitter, several black men and white women banded together to create the #whitegirlsrock hashtag.

They used the rationale that if a “White Girls Rock,” show or hashtag was ever created, it would be considered racist.

In an article for The Root, Bond wrote about her dismay when she discovered the #whitegirlsrock hashtag:

As a humanist, I believe that we all rock. My issue is that the commentary that followed the “#whitegirlsrock” hashtag was not even about affirming dynamic white women. Instead, it was about critiquing or even punishing black women for having the nerve, the audacity and the unmitigated gall to love and affirm ourselves!

It’s insulting and quite nervy for a social media mob to attack a platform that affirms positive images of black women and girls in an attempt to belittle a movement that uplifts and celebrates our lives and legacies—yet to also remain silent about the plethora of damaging media messages directed toward black women and to blatantly ignore the social issues that black people endure.

I started Black Girls Rock! because the overwhelming social disparities within black communities and the toxic media messages targeted toward our youth has yielded a generation of black girls crippled by a lack of critical literacy, self-worth and positive identity development. I started Black Girls Rock! because I knew that we needed to hold our sheroes up as shining examples of excellence so that future generations of girls can continue to see positive role models who are proof of the dynamic women that they can also become.

Sadly, even when it’s all said and done, there will still be detractors who will hear what Bond is saying, but still refuse to listen.

 

Clutchettes, what do you think about Bond’s response? 

  • hookemhorns

    “It’s insulting and quite nervy for a social media mob to attack a platform that affirms positive images of black women and girls in an attempt to belittle a movement that uplifts and celebrates our lives and legacies—yet to also remain silent about the plethora of damaging media messages directed toward black women and to blatantly ignore the social issues that black people endure.

    I started Black Girls Rock! because the overwhelming socialdisparities within black communities and the toxic media messages targeted toward our youth has yielded a generation of black girls crippled by a lack of critical literacy, self-worth and positive identity development. I started Black Girls Rock! because I knew that we needed to hold our sheroes up as shining examples of excellence so that future generations of girls can continue to see positive role models who are proof of the dynamic women that they can also become.”

    +100

    White girls are uplifted 24/7 in the media, why can’t we get an hour one day of the week?

  • Yb

    White girls are uplifted 24/7 in the media, why can’t we get an hour one day of the week?

    Insecurity. Princess complex. Shaky pedestal. “All eyes must be on me constantly in order to feel good in myself”.

  • CommonSense

    If I were Bond, I wouldn’t even bother responding to the negativity, because if you have to explain, then won’t get it anyway. The people she is uplifting understand the concept, so I would just be quiet and keep it moving. You cannot and should not waste time on ignorance!!!!!!!!

  • http://gravatar.com/geenababe geenababe

    I agree she shouldn’t have even responded to those fools.

  • noirluv45

    I think Ms. Bond’s reply was spot on, appropriate, and necessary. In fact, I’m sick and tired of giving these few, insignificant social media voices a platform for their arrogance. BGR isn’t about them!

    Anyway, Ms. Bond, I hope you continue Black Girl’s Rock, and I hope it becomes an annual celebration for girls/women of color. Lord knows Black women deserve to be uplifted and to have a positive spotlight, for once, for crying out loud, put on us. No one else apologizes for uplifting their own; why should we?

  • https://plus.google.com/107027067829619495364 Naomi Conner

    Thank you Beverly. !

  • Black Girls Rock

    This just proves that Black Girls Rock is a powerful and postive force. We must continue to make it even more powerful. This movemet is largely for our young girls and teens. I wached that show. The smiles and joy on those girls faces at seeing themselves being valued and celebrated was everything. If anyone is against the happiness of children, then they need to take it up with their creator.

  • http://www.shadesofthemuse.com Sylvie

    Thank you Beverly! Everything she said needed to be said and we black girls need to keep on rockin.

  • http://www.nobusinessnoshow.wordpress.com Marketing Gimmicks

    White folks and brainwashed blacks stayed pressed when they’re not in the equation. It’s so funny how loving our black selves automatically means we hate them. It just goes to show you how insecure some white people really are and why they’re so he’ll bent on controlling the narrative.

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    Honestly Beverly Bond didn’t even have to respond but let those simpletons continue to seethe with jealous and pettiness but with that said what a classy response. These people who complain about black girls rock don’t surprise me because time and time again it shows that a handful of them are mad when the spotlight or narrative isn’t on them, just want to form at the mouth to scream racism(even though they don’t question the racist injustice and practices that keep not just black women but other women of color out of the media spotlight unless it is for some stereotypical reason) or feels some type of way because black women don’t need their validation or permission to uplift ourselves and our sisterhood. But I BET if this show was about black women/girls being ratchet, stereotypical or showing us in the worst light they would ALL cosign the foolishness because they get to laugh at us, try and pat themselves on the back because they “think” they have black women figure out and use those images to build themselves up…so people are protesting too much and telling on themselves..

  • ScriptTease

    …and the Men who have the audacity to call themselves Black are self-hating Negroes… no if and buts about it. A real Black Man ain’t gon’ co-sign with the bashing of Black Women. I refuse to believe it.

  • ScriptTease

    Because that would be way too much for them to handle.

  • blaque217

    I’m glad Beverly Bond responded. She got her point across in the most classy and intelligent way. She could have gotten offended and taken it to another level. But instead she was an example of why Black Girls Rock….I loved it!

    And to all those tired, lost, so-called Black men co-signing with those white women, YOU are what’s wrong with the Black community!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/oreadea.trueness True Youness

    Does this title really matter that much to those who feel like taking a jab at Ms. Bond’s foundation, not so long ago, we had colored only water fountains, bathrooms, restaurants, back entrances only for us? And that was for us “only.” Black Girls Rock, does not mean “only” black girls rock, It is just giving recognition to women of color. A rock is a strong natural product of the earth and not only are we strong like a rock, but we are filled with success stories. So, what is the problem now. There are still secret societies to which “colored folks” still are not welcome and we know this, so when we acknowledge one another and lift each other up, please don’t complain.

  • Aria Wilson

    My best friend read that hashtag and the tweets that followed (I don’t doTwitter myself) and she said the ones from the white girls were more annoying and whiny than anything….it was the tweets coming from those brothers hurt the worst.

    She said she had never read anything like it…to see white girls and black dudes laughing it up together at the expense of THEIR OWN RACE OF WOMAN was the epitome of betrayal. She said she had no idea things had “sunk so low”.

    SMH…self-hating Negroes indeed.

  • hookemhorns

    I’ve also noticed a lot of young black men do a #whitegirlwednesday every week. It’s sickening.

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