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You might recognize Marley since she was honored at this year’s Black Girls Rock! Well earlier this year, 11-year-old Marley Dias collected over 1,000 books where black girls are featured as the protagonist. Check out the teaser above where Marley shares her journey and she also encourages other young girls to follow their dreams and make a difference no matter how old they are. Her full episode of Be The Boss Kids Edition premieres Wednesday, July 27th.
Check out our previous Be The Boss Kids Edition episode where we highlight 10-year-old fashion designer, Egypt “Ify” Ufele.
I was looking forward to the day we would find out the gender of our first-born child.
Although I had always really wanted a son first, I convinced myself that I would be more than okay with a girl. After all, a healthy baby is always a blessing. Throughout the months leading up to my 20-week ultrasound, I steered clear of various amusing gender predictors to help keep my mind off of the baby’s gender; however, after my 12-week scan was complete, I hit the Internet. After stumbling upon the widely popular nub theory, I couldn’t help but study the sonogram pictures almost daily. Was the nub sticking straight up or horizontal?
While many women dream of having a little girl that they can dress up and have tea parties with, more and more I found myself fantasizing about football games and sweater vests. We had even chosen a name.
On the day we were to find out our child’s gender, November 11, 2014, the excitement was overwhelming. We were both anxious. Would we buy bow ties or bows? The sonographer squeezed the warm gel on my protruding belly and then proceeded to look inside. A healthy heartbeat – check. All limbs present – check.
“Now, where is the penis?” I thought. My heartbeat was racing faster than a horse at the Kentucky Derby.
After a few minutes, which seemed like hours, the sonographer announced, “It’s a girl!” while those exact words popped up on the screen. Both my husband and I gave a slight smile out of obligation.
The ride home was a silent one. For some reason, I was more disappointed than my husband, as I felt like I was mourning a little boy who never existed. Instead of ignoring those feelings and celebrating the daughter I would have, I decided to accept my emotions, albeit briefly. I may have allowed myself to fall into gender disappointment, but I quickly realized that there were women who haven’t and might not ever have the chance to conceive and/or carry a baby. For that, I knew we were blessed. Still, was I a little let down? Yes. But why?
Based on conversations with other parents who did not want and are thankful for not having daughters, the reasons are vast but included the usual assumed adolescent attitudes and impending boys arriving at your doorstep. But I had different reasons. While I wasn’t scared of teenage hormones, boys, or even styling hair on a daily basis, my concern lied with self-image issues, sexism, and gender inequality that I assumed only plagued women. After all, why would I want to bring a child into this world only to have her endure condescension, being perceived as bossy or being chastised for voicing her opinion?
As proud as I am to be a Black woman, I somehow thought that raising one would be a daunting task and one that I eventually never wanted to take on. I was naïve.
For example, my assumption that boys do not suffer from self-esteem issues was ill informed. I started to look at both genders similarly and stopped prejudging how girls could act or even react to certain situations in comparison to boys.
And after talking to a few friends who had gone through gender disappointment, I got over my feelings (and myself) in a few days and quickly became excited about raising a girl. I am now honored to have the opportunity to raise a daughter who will ultimately become a powerful Black woman and will introduce her to strong Black women who are trailblazers in various career fields. My hope is that she will become a proud Black woman who will contribute to #BlackGirlMagic, and that excites me. I get to teach my daughter to love her hair, skin color, toes and elbows just the way they are, and speak intelligently to those who try to disavow her beauty and heritage.
Now that I’m expecting a second daughter, I often receive empathetic looks and the occasional “Oh well” or “Maybe next time” as if we are depressed that our newest bundle of joy is yet another girl and not a boy.
In those moments, I’ve decided to engage in conversations that could eventually alter that person’s perspective about girls and how they can truly rule the world. And in a few years, I look forward to watching Black Girls Rock! with my daughters because I want them to know that we truly do.
Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond is continuing to spread the #BlackGirlMagic with the recent announcement that she’s taking the annual awards show, which airs each year on BET, to bookshelves.
According to EW, Atria Publishing Group imprint 37 INK has offered Bond a publishing deal for Black Girls Rock!: Celebrating the Power, Beauty and Brilliance of Black Women, which will “combine powerful photography with inspirational advice, original poetry, and affirmations to showcase the complexity, dynamism, achievements and diverse cultural traditions of Black women from around the world.”
In a statement Bond explained, “This book will affirm, elevate, and celebrate the unique narratives and rich experiences of Black women and girls around the world for generations to come.”
37 INK publisher Dawn Davis gushed about the partnership saying, “Beverly is a real visionary who has created not just an award show, not just a brand but an inspirational and aspirational mantra that holistically celebrates Black Girl Magic. From millennials to baby boomers and beyond, her book is going to help our communities affirm and heal. I think of it as an I Dream a World for our time.”
Black Girls Rock!: Celebrating The Power, Beauty and Brilliance of Black Women is slated for a Fall 2017 release.
This morning, as we were filming “Did Y’all See,” our producer Raven, told us about “Catfish” creator Nev Schulman and the comments he made earlier this week about Black women. She paraphrased his words. But here’s the actual tweet, which has since been deleted.
When she first told us, I thought of the numerous times I’ve watched this show. I mean, yeah there were a lot of Black women on it. And in that moment, I failed to see how dismissive, offensive and inappropriate that tweet was. And I told our producer that I didn’t think it was that big of a deal.
But then, I got on my computer and looked at it for myself.
I don’t know what it was, but something about seeing the words, in written form, with the “just sayin’” afterward, that made me see the real issue here. He tweeted this on the very night “Black Girls Rock” aired, the single day where our Blackness and our brilliance was celebrated on a national platform. I’m a huge fan of “Catfish” and even really enjoy Nev himself. Still, I can’t understand how the tweet was meant to do anything but discredit Black women, offering a caveat to the undeniable brilliance we witnessed as the show aired.
Thankfully, Black Twitter didn’t take as long as I did to see the problem here. As you might imagine, Black women, still on a high from being so richly embraced that night, were NOT having it. There were annoyed gifs, attacks at his character, threats to boycott the show as well as someone pulling up receipts about Nev punching a woman when he was in college.
Then, the discussion became more productive and educational as one young, Black woman, who actually Catfished someone for years when she was in middle school, offered this explanation.
After the exchange, Nev DMed Cici. He deleted the original tweet, thanked Melaninporn and apologized.
— Nev Schulman (@NevSchulman) April 6, 2016
You're right to be upset & don't have to accept my apology, but I am deeply sorry to those whom I offended and learned a valuable lesson.
— Nev Schulman (@NevSchulman) April 6, 2016
Well, that’s about as happy an ending as we could have anticipated…in the short term. Hopefully, Nev will find a way to integrate this discussion on the actual show, the next time the opportunity presents itself.
By Patrice Tartt
Black Girls Rock! 2016 celebrates 10 years of #BlackGirlMagic tonight with the show hosted by the beautiful Tracee Ellis Ross. This year’s honorees include producer and writer Shonda Rhimes (Shot Caller Award), R&B legend Gladys Knight (Living Legend Award), “The Walking Dead” actress Danai Gurira (Star Power Award), award-winning actress and activist Amandla Stenberg (Young Gifted and Black Award), and the founders of Black Lives Matter Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi for the Community Change Agent Award.
The night was full of performances from Gladys Knight, Andra Day, Jazmine Sullivan, Brandy and Monica. Corinne Bailey Rae, Marsha Ambrosius and Imani Uzari performed together, and last but not least, there was a special performance from the one and only Lauryn Hill who closed out the show.
“I think I can inspire a lot of young women to be themselves and that is half the battle.”-Rihanna
One of the highly-anticipated highlights of the night was Rihanna being presented with the Rock Star Award, following her heartfelt speech about being yourself and learning to love yourself. Before she left the stage, she was sure to leave us with a profound statement about all girls, especially Black girls, which pretty much sums up what we mean when we use the term Black Girl Magic.
“All girls rock…Black girls, we’re just on another level.”-Rihanna
Everyone who took the red carpet earlier in the night did so with grace and style. It was a pleasure to see some of the men come out to support our Black girls such as AJ Calloway, Hosea Chanchez, Michael K. Williams and Bobby Jones.
But without a doubt, all were there to support their fellow Black girls who rock and truly believe in the importance of such a movement to help elevate, inspire, and uplift the images of Black girls and women around the nation.
Black Girls Rock! creator Beverly Bond is a thought leader like no other, and for the past 10 years has constantly reminded us to stay true to who we are as Black girls, while doing so unapologetically.
After hosting Black Girls Rock last year alongside Regina King, our favorite girlfriend Tracee Ellis Ross is making a fabulous return to Black Girls Rock as this year’s host.
The BET Networks and Beverly Bond-powered annual show is what #BlackGirlMagic is about — “representing a revolutionary landmark in media as it delivers edifying, entertaining and inspiring content honoring the nexus of achievements made by powerful Black women and girls.”
This year, ShondaLand producer and writer Shonda Rhimes (Shot Caller Award), R&B legend Gladys Knight (Living Legend Award), The Walking Dead actress and Eclipsed playwright Danai Gurira (Star Power Award), award-winning actress and activist Amandla Stenberg (Young Gifted and Black Award), and Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi will all to be honored at this year’s exciting event. And of course, there will be some special musical performances, too.
“I am so proud to once again host “w!™”,! Ross said in a press release.
“What an incredible night celebrating Black women in a show dedicated to Black Girl Magic. Powerhouses Debra Lee, CEO and Chairman of BET Networks and Beverly Bond, CEO of ‘Black Girls Rock! ™’ are true examples of Black Girls who Rock. I’ve proudly hosted this show since before it was televised, and it’s been an honor to be connected to this show for so long. In its 10th year, this show is of utmost importance in today’s times as it highlights positive reinforcement and representation for young black women. I am looking forward to once again being a part of such a wonderful night celebrating the beauty, talents, and accomplishments of black women – it will be a show to remember!”
Black Girls Rock will be taped on Friday, April 1, 2016 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ and will air on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 8:00 P.M. ET/PT.
While folks in Mississippi are getting their panties all twisted for a girl wearing her “BLACK GIRLS ROCK” t-shirt to school, the movement will not be stopped.
In fact, it’s bigger than ever now, as founder Beverly Bond recently announced that “BLACK GIRLS ROCK,” an organization originally built to empower girls in New York, is crossing the Atlantic.
Bond made the announcement during BET’s inaugural BET Experience Africa event, a music and lifestyle festival held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In a “Genius Talk” with South African tv anchor Khanyi Dhlomo and journalist Nikiwe Bikitsha, Bond said:
“The purpose of the 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 sheroes and trailblazers.”
Bond, a DJ, founded BLACK GIRLS ROCK in 2006 as a multifaceted movement dedicated to shifting the messaging Black girls receive about themselves through media images.
BLACK GIRLS ROCK AFRICA will follow in that same pattern.
According to a press release:
“BLACK GIRLS ROCK! AFRICA will be a multi-faceted digital, media, and lifestyle platform that will continue to elevate Black women and girls in Africa and beyond. Bond is currently working with several community-based organizations to spearhead outreach initiatives on the continent and is also collaborating with VIMN Africa/BET Africa to develop a Pan-African BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards show to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of BLACK GIRLS ROCK! in 2016.”
Excellent news! We’ll be excited to see how this organization continues to grow and change lives.
Yesterday, we posed a serious question on our Facebook page asking, “Do you feel like there is enough positive representation of Black women in the media?” Of course, most of you said no, pointing to the need for more spotlight on the achievements in our community and we want you to know we have a solution. We’re bringing back She’s the Boss!
She’s the Boss captures the business savvy, style and spirit of America’s most successful Black businesswomen. Created specifically to cater to the unique environment of online television viewing, the series features intimate one-on-one interviews with four of the most influential and inspiring women in the United States. She’s the Boss offers practical advice and inspiration to the largely female demographic among fans. Sponsored by African Pride, this season we will be highlighting amazing entrepreneurs such as Karen Civil, AJ Johnson, Angela Benton, and Charlene Dance.
For the month of October, tune in every Monday at 9am to hear their stories.
Click here to watch the amazing women who were featured in Season 1.
For more of our BOSS movement, don’t forget to enter our Be The Boss contest for a chance to be featured in a docu-series as well as win a makeover courtesy of African Pride.
“Be The Boss” Contestant Tracey Woods is a 47-year-old philanthropist from Memphis, Tennessee, who makes it her life’s work to give back to the community in which she lives. Check out her video entry above and for more info on how you can nominate a woman you know to “Be the Boss” and win a makeover courtesy of African Pride, click here.
Black Girls Rock Launches The ‘Black Girls Lead’ Summer Conference To Empower Girls Around The Globe
“Lead, innovate, serve!” That bold statement is the catchphrase behind the Black Girls Lead mission.
Founded by Black Girls Rock Inc.’s Beverly Bond (above at this year’s BGR event), the campaign seeks to empower young Black girls to grab life by the horns and take charge of their own destiny. Black Girls Lead will achieve its aim by launching its first four-day international conference this summer.
All Black girls around the world between the ages of 13 and 17 are invited to apply for the Black Girls Lead summer conference, but there are only 60 spots. Judges will be keeping their eyes open for young girls who exhibit an aptitude for leadership, an interest in professional and personal development, cultural pride, and a hunger to make an impact in their community.
“The overall goal of this leadership conference is to host a ‘meeting of the minds’ amongst young people who have displayed excellence individually, but who will also benefit from our pedagogy which highlights teamwork and collective responsibility for emerging thought leaders and active change agents,” Bond said in a press release.
The “action-packed” and “forward-thinking” Black Girls Lead conference will feature an array of workshops, master classes, and panels on media and cultural literacy, business, entrepreneurship, social action, arts, technology, financial literacy, and more. The symposium, the press release said, “will educate, affirm, support and empower girls who desire to become trailblazers of our future.”
The conference will take place between July 30 – August 2 in New York City at Barnard College, Columbia University.
“The Black Girls Lead conference allows us to expand our reach by giving even more girls access to our innovative programs and empowering ideals.” Bond added.
If you’re interested in participating in Black Girls Lead, click here to apply. And hurry! The deadline is on May 15.