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Published on October 24th, 2010 | by thevyne


Highlights from Black Girls Rock! Awards

By Kailei Richardson

The fifth annual Black Girls Rock! Awards took place last Saturday, October 16th and I had the pleasure of attending. The event, which was held at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, New York was the first televised Black Girls Rock! Awards and will be aired on BET on November 7th. I must say, this was the best awards show I have seen BET do. For the most part, it was a classy, inspiring and well-done event. And, most importantly, it celebrated numerous black women doing fantastic things in many different arenas. Here are some of the highlights of the night:

Before the event began, I caught a snapshot of model and former America’s Next Top Model contestant, Toccara (1) who looked fabulous! The event kicked off with a rockin’ performance of “Golden” by Jill Scott who was sporting an edgy outfit and ‘do (3*). The show was hosted by the lovely Nia Long who, was rocking several silver cocktail dresses throughout the night (2*). All of the musical performances were supported by an all-female band that definitely rocked the house. The blonde Keri Hilson (4) performed the potentially new female anthem, “Breaking Point” while wearing a “no boys allowed” necklace.  But the performance that got everyone on their feet was a rendition of Nina Simone’s ” Four Women” performed by Marsha Ambrosius, Ledisi, Jill Scott and Kelly Price (5*). The combination of those four power voices together was magical! Other performances of the night included Monica (6*), Fantasia, Keyshia Cole, VV Brown and Shontelle.

Though the performances were great, the real reason why we were there was to honor some phenomenal black women. Awardees included Raven-Symoné (7* – Young, Gifted and Black Award), Missy Elliott (8 – Visionary Award), Teresa Clarke (Shot Caller Award), Major General Marcelite J. Harris (9- Trailblazer Award), Rev. Dr. Iyanla Vanzant (10* – Motivator Award), Keke Palmer (Who Got Next? Award) and the lovely Ruby Dee (11* – Living Legend Award). Hearing these women so graciously accept their awards and even being in their presence was inspiring.

After the party was the after-party at the Hudson Hotel sponsored by Jones Magazine.  Vyne contributor Danielle Robinson and I (12) had a great time mixing and mingling with attendees including BET CEO Debra Lee (13), Jones Magazine Editor, Bryce Hairston Kennard (14), Bazaar Royale (musician and husband Black Girls Rock! Founder, Beverly Bond) and L. Londell McMillan (Publisher of the North Star Group) (15).

Overall it was a great night and I left inspired. Make sure to check out the Black Girls Rock! Awards on BET – Sunday, November 7th at 8/7 central. You can also check out some of our full sized photos on our Facebook page.

About BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc. (from

BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc. is 501(c)3 non-profit youth empowerment and mentoring organization established to promote the arts for young women of color, as well as to encourage dialogue and analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in the media.

Since 2006, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! has been dedicated to the healthy development of young women and girls. BLACK GIRLS ROCK! seeks to build the self-esteem and self-worth of young women of color by changing their outlook on life, broadening their horizons, and helping them to empower themselves. For the past four years, we have enjoyed the opportunity to enrich the lives of girls aged 12 to 17 years old through mentorship, arts education, cultural exploration and public service. At BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, young women are offered access to enrichment programs and opportunities that place special emphasis on personal development through the arts and cooperative learning.

By speaking to the next generation in their formative years about issues of self-worth, goals, and aspirations, the organization reinforces the message that young women need not objectify themselves or relinquish their autonomy. BLACK GIRLS ROCK! has boldly taken on the crisis of our female youth of color here in America head on and understands the need for positive self-images and a strong sense of awareness. WE SEE SOLUTIONS.

For more information, check out the Black Girls Rock! Inc. website here.

* photos courtesy of BET

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One Response to Highlights from Black Girls Rock! Awards

  1. Natalie LaRochelle-Eades says:

    What a wonderful article Kai Kai! I feel as if I was right there with you. Thank you for highlighting and writing about such positive and inspiring events such as this. You keep me well informed with your impeccable critiques. Keep ’em coming girl!


    Natutu (aka Nat)

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