The always anticipated annual ‘Black Girls Rock!’ event, hosted by Taraji P. Henson, showed up and did way more than deliver!
Performances from SZA, who graced the stage with ‘Normal Girl’ from her debut album ‘CTRL,’ reminded us all that it’s more than acceptable to be just who you are. Other performances included India Arie, Tyrese and Anthony Hamilton, who took us all back with his Grammy Nominated hit ‘Best of Me.’ It was definitely a show for the books!
‘Cranes in the Sky’ singer, and winner of the ‘Black Girls Rock!’ Rock Star Award stole the audience’s heart with her amazing speech. “Black women make me feel invincible; it’s the way that we walk, the way that we talk, our soul, our sway, our grace.” She assured the audience, though she looked flawless with her perfectly frizzed ‘fro, that not every day is perfect and that’s OK. “Take your time,” she stated. Encouraging the younger audience members and helping them know that they’ll find their way. They’ll get there.
I don’t know about you, but my favorite part of the show was seeing Aunt Maxine Waters in that fierce red dress, and hearing what she had to say as she gave her comedic, yet as real as it gets, acceptance speech for her Social Humanitarian Award.
“I am you, and you are me,” she told the audience as they roared in agreement of her strength in the political world. Congresswoman Maxine Waters is a force to be reckoned with, and she doesn’t take mess from anyone!
“If you come for me, I will come for you!” Couldn’t have said it better, Aunt Maxine. She’s the perfect example of what it means to ‘reclaim your time’ and we’re here for it.
Did anyone catch Issa Rae and her Star Power Award acceptance speech? Issa let us in on what it was like growing up in her middle school shoes. She shared experiences that taught her, even though she may never be the funniest, the coolest, or the prettiest, she found her lane and is currently living her best #BlackGirlMagic life and you can too! She discovered what it was that made her who she was and caused her to stand out in the best way. Don’t give up, because black girls do rock!
Some of my favorites highlights were of Ibtihaj Muhammad, introduced by comedian Tiffany Haddish, describing her as a “pillar of resilience.” Activist and Black-ish rising star, Yara Shahidi, who’s heading to Harvard exemplifies some real #BlackGirlMagic and continues to be a great example to black girls worldwide.
Who could forget Beverly Bonds, creator of ‘Black Girls Rock!’ gracing the stage?! No one, that’s who. She spoke so eloquently and proudly as she let the world know why us black girls do rock! “We’ve defied the odds, we’ve worked miracles.” Beverly left us with something we should all write down on a sticky note and stick on our bathroom mirror. “Conditions can only change if we’re the authors of our own stories.” Every last one of the award recipients, guests and performers are all results of writing their happy endings despite everything that goes against black women. But she persisted.