Black History: Special Delivery!!
Beverly Bond (1970 – present) is an African American model, DJ, producer and founder of the not-for-profit “Black Girls Rock”, which 2006. What started out as a t-shirt imprint has now grown into a not-for-profit mentoring initiative designed to promote empowerment and self-worth among black girls. In 2010, Black Girls Rock launched what is now its annual signature tv event broadcast by BET highlighting the accomplishments of black women. Black Girls Rock has also launched in Africa as well.
Prior to founding Black Girls Rock, Bond was a model and DJ. She came to New York at the age of 17 and landed a contract with Wilhelmina Models. Her modeling contracts included businesses such as Diesel Jeans, Guess, Nike, and Nordstroms. Bond has always been an avid record collector. She started doing DJ work at local clubs just for fun. Within a year she had become one of New York’s top DJs. Bond is truly a multi-talented, multi-dimensional entertainment and business mogul who is passionate about empowering black women and girls.
Michelle Obama, Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett, Oprah Winfrey are just a few of the women who have been honored by Black Girls Rock. On its website the organization is described as:
“BLACK GIRLS ROCK! is a multifaceted media, entertainment, philanthropic, and lifestyle brand that focuses on the empowerment of women and girls of color.
The BLACK GIRLS ROCK! platform encompasses numerous experiential live events, media content, merchandise, and programs including the internationally acclaimed televised BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards, The BLACK GIRL MAGIC™ Hour podcast, and BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, and the BLACK GIRLS LEAD summer leadership intensive for teen girls.
The BLACK GIRLS ROCK! movement continues to be a leading force in highlighting the spectrum of brilliance that Black women possess and remain at the vanguard of a cultural paradigm shift where Black women’s narratives, overall presence in society, and prominence in mainstream media are being elevated and recognized like never before.”
Black Girls really do rock! Thank you, Beverly Bond, for using your platform to empower and inspire!