Published on November 4th, 2013 | by thevyne1
Top Highlights: Black Girls Rock 2013
Every year the Black Girls Rock awards just seems to keep out-doing itself! This year was no exception. Hosted by Regina King and Tracee Ellis Ross, it was a night of inspiration, education and entertainment. Hopefully you DVR’d it but if you didn’t, here are the top highlights and awards from last nights broadcast:
1) Janelle Monae opened the show with her electrifying performance of “Electric Lady”. Everyone was on their feet (including me in my living room!) This song is a must add to your workout playlist! Listen to the song here.
2) Star Power Award went to Venus Williams who not only is amazing on the court but off. She spearheaded the efforts to get equal pay for women in tennis. Learn more of Venus’ story through the documentary Venus and Serena. Watch a clip of the movie here.
3) Community Activist Award went to Ameena Mathews and have mercy she went OFF! She went IN! She went every which way and loose and lit up the theater! Her courage to be out in the streets of Chicago as an “Interrupter of Violence”, connecting with at risk youth and risking her own life to give them messages of empowerment and drive down violence is absolutely incredible. Read more about Ameena’s work here.
4) Jennifer Hudson was looking fit and fabulous with her short do’ and leather leggings. She performed her new single “I Can’t Describe” and it was great to see her dancing and experimenting with her performance elements.
5) Social Humanitarian Award went to activist for children’s rights and Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman. You’ve heard her name before and you know she’s an icon but if you quietly didn’t really know why, we encourage you to read more here. She’s an amazing woman for all she has accomplished and continues to accomplish in defense of children. So inspiring!
6) M.A.D. Girls Awards ,which stands for Making A Difference, put the spotlight on young girls doing good in their community. I was awed by “Earth Saver Girl” creator, Brooklyn Wright, who not only invented a superhero (Earth Saver Girl) but started a camp to help educate young kids on environmentalism and the importance of preserving the earth. Read more about Brooklyn and all the M.A.D. girls here.
7) Shot Caller Award went to show runner, Mara Brock-Akil. Her remarks were so touching as she spoke about how while Hollywood may not see all the wonderfully interesting complications of black women, she does. She sees us. With shows like Girlfriends, The Game and the upcoming Being Mary Jane, it’s pretty clear that black women are her muse and she’s doing us proud. Read more about Mara here.
8) Rock Star Award went to the uber talented Queen Latifah who just seems to keep winning! So amazing to think of her career as a formidable rap artist back in the 90’s blossoming into this successful movie, television and business career. Such an inspiration!
9) Young, Gifted and Black Award went to professional ballerina, Misty Copeland. She was discovered at age 13 on a basketball court at the Boys and Girls club. She is one of only three black women to solo for the American Ballet Theater, and the first in two decades. Read more about Misty’s awe inspiring ballet career here.
10) Kelly Rowland, Eve and Seven Streeter teamed up to perform, “Gone”. An upbeat R&B groove that will surely be the “girl anthem” this season. Check out the performance here.
11) Living Legend Award went to “The,” “Ms.” Patti LaBelle. Her voice is the ninth wonder of the world! It hasn’t wavered, hasn’t cracked and continues to bring anyone within earshot chills. She’s so deserving of this award and it was lovely to see her take the stage like only Patti can. She didn’t kick off her shoes this time but she did drop it down low and give a little shimmy while belting out one of those incomparable riffs!