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Black Girls do Rock says Celebrity D.J. Beverly Bond



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Hi guys & dolls!

This post is in honor of Beverly Bond, Celebrity D.J. and founder of Black Girls Rock, an organization whose mission seeks “to bring about awareness and change in the way in which young women of color are being portrayed, and are portraying themselves in hip-hop culture“. So much so that Ebony Magazine named her one of “2009 Ebony Power 150-The Most Influential Blacks In America”. Not bad, considering the list also includes President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce, Shawn (Jay-Z) Carter, Will Smith…

Beverly is one of those girls you gotta know! Full of life and energy, her passion for girls of color was evident during our conversation. Of course, I had to mention & rep for my girls, African girls [smile]! So down-to-earth, she talked about the importance of showcasing the talent, voices, successes that Black  Girls have done and continue to do! So she founded the annual Black Girls Rock! Awards which celebrates exceptional women of color who have made significant strides in their careers, are inspirational and are positive role models in their communities.

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Beverly with group of Black Girls Rock! participants

A former Wilhelmina model turned D.J.,  Beverly has rocked the turn-tables at some of the most exclusive events & parties in the world; The U.S. Open, The N.B.A. All Star Games, The American Music Awards, The 2009 Democratic convention, The ‘Obama For President’ campaign, and for celebrity clients, John Legend, Prince, Alicia Keys, Sarah Jessica Parker, Erykah Badu, Diddy, Jerry & Jessica Seinfeld, Venus Williams, Jay Z, Martha Stewart, and Michael Jordan…lovely this! [so what kinda music do you play at a Martha Stewart party?…just askin’!]

She is going to be on air this Wednesday on SABC Radio 2000 to chat with my peeps, Kenny & Bertha at 3:20 P.M. [South African time]! Y’all in South Africa tune in to hear her dish about how Black Girls Rock! I asked my super-duper Producer for the interview for our readers…yayee! So keep it locked here for the radio interview…

Of course, I have to show off the girls who rock on the other side of the “pond”… I found this gem of a documentary directed by Claudine Pommier called The Power of Art: Women’s Voices in Africa.

“… There is also an Africa that is alive and well, and is often borne by women” – Odile Sorgho-Moulinier (United Nations).

This 50-minutes, 2007 documentary explores how contemporary African women who choose to be professional artists claim their position, and deal with the stereotypes associated with being an African and a woman. The film also focuses on the role professional artists may play in addressing the challenges women are faced with on the African continent.

Ciao!
Photo: Beverly Bond

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