Synopsis: Founded by celebrity DJ and philanthropist, Beverly Bond, BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ is a multifaceted movement dedicated to shifting the culture of media images and empowering women and girls. BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, that has been committed to enriching girls through leadership, education, and positive identity development programs since 2006. BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ Inc. builds the self-esteem and self-worth of young women of color by changing their outlook on life, broadening their horizons and providing tools for self-empowerment and efficacy.
The 2013 honorees included: Misty Copeland (Young, Gifted, and Black Award), Ameena Matthews (Community Activist Award), Mara Brock-Akil (Shot Caller Award), Queen Latifah (Rock Star Award), Venus Williams (Star Power Award), Patti Labelle (Living Legend Award), and Marian Wright Edelman (Social Humanitarian Award).
The televised special, “BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ™” is a BET Networks and B.G.R. Enterprises Inc./ BONDVISION MEDIA production. The executive producers are Beverly Bond, CEO, Founder and Creator of BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™, Stephen Hill, President of Programming, and Connie Orlando, Senior Vice President of Specials, Music and News, and Jane Munn.