So, Sunday was Black girls rock day. Everyday should be Black Girls Rock day. But, Sunday made it official with a BET award show full of mocha, chocolate, caramel and almond skinned women graciously celebrating their talents with each other. It’s one of the rare award shows where no one is getting crunk. There are no wardrobe malfunctions or lap dances taking center stage. The spotlight is on sisterhood and mentorship–something we sorely need today.
Anyway, I will step away from my pulpit because I don’t mean to preach, I’m just sayin…there are only so many award shows where your eyes start to bleed from the twerk fest. So, Sunday I have my BLACK GIRLS ROCK chant on repeat–easily becoming a drinking game–and lo and behold the Twitter chorus goes from Black Girls Rock to this:
Ya’ll get the picture.
Apparently, some people (and it’s not just the Caucasian persuasion) caught feelings about a two hour show honoring brown sisters achievements. Hmph. That sounds familiar. I believe we were sitting in that same shady section a month ago when “we” sat through a THREE hour award show to see if Ms. Kerry (may have a bun in the oven) Washington would walk away with an Emmy. Well, we slinked back in our chairs and quietly quoted Avril Lavigne’s “So Much for My Happy Ending” when that dream died.
Or the feelings of exclusion could be compared to when the fall glossies come out highlighting breakout stars in TV and Film. If “we” aren’t Casper the ghost on the front page, we are ‘Where is Waldo’ on the inside. If we are seen we really aren’t. Nearly every time. And as for those who believe its racist to tip a hat to a group of women that are banding together to rip off the “angry,” “petty,” “violent,” and “invisible” labels slapped on “our” foreheads and inside them perpetuated by reality shows, I urge you click the link and listen to the three voices below.
And the voices that have yet to fully roar:
Brooklyn Wright for teaching youngsters to be a REAL superhero among her peers and teaching them to be green.
Ty-Licia Hooker for being an advocate for education and mentoring by founding an organization that was adopted by a University.
Mary Pat Hector for being one of the youngest activist working with Al Sharpton for non-violence.
IFYOUBLINKED: A special queen curtsey to: Venus Williams for initiating equity prize money for women in the sport of Tennis; Amena Matthews for courageously stepping in front of Chicago gang-bangers to stop them from turning her beloved Chicago into Chiraq, and Eunique Jones Gibson for teaching kids their ancestors through an innovative calendar. These sheros are breaking down barriers for ALL women.
I’M A BLACK GIRL THAT ROCKS!!! **takes a sip out of flask**