Beverly Bond
Beverly Bond

Beverly Bond, founder of Black Girls Rock should be commended for her thoughtful work. She responded to the recent controversy surrounding the name (Black Girls Rock), in the most eloquent way saying, “The cultural, intellectual and social contributions made by women across the African Diaspora are a part of human history and should be valuable to all people.”

Okay, we have the audacity to affirm “Black Girls Rock,” yet in doing so we’ve giving our detractors a great deflector.  There’s power in knowing the package is sometimes just as important as its content.

I started Black Girls Rock! to honor the many amazing women of our past and present whose unique leadership, strength, resolve, wisdom, talent and spirituality has catalyzed the advancement of humanity, yet who are often left uncelebrated or have gone under the radar in mainstream media and history. The affirmation Black Girls Rock! does not mean other girls don’t rock, nor is Black Girls Rock! an ornamental phrase used to cloak ourselves in vanity. Saying that we rock is a response to the tremendous neglect that black girls feel when they grow up in a society, or, as Mara Brock Akil said in her 2013 Black Girls Rock! acceptance speech, “where they grow up in a home where their picture is not on the wall.”
So obviously the intent behind the show is to showcase and shine the light on great Black women, often ignored and not celebrated in a manner deserved and I for one couldn’t agree more that such a program is needed, and impactful but why package something this significant in such a way the message can be lost or misconstrued?

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with affirming ourselves but we can do so without giving the appearance of excluding others.

Read Beverly Bond’s entire response here.

Photo credit Twitter, Beverly Bond.

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