BLACK GIRLS ROCK! founder and CEO Beverly Bond, recently announced that she will bring her multi-faceted women’s empowerment movement to Africa in 2016. In addition to activating enrichment programs for girls in Africa, Bond will bring a Pan-African version of the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards show to the continent.
Following the successful model of the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! platform in the United States, Bond joined #BETXAfrica – BET Experience Africa to announce the launch of BLACK GIRLS ROCK! AfricaTM.
Speaking on BETX Africa ‘Genius Talks’, Bond discussed the importance of affirming platforms like her movement – which empowers, inspires, and encourages women and girls to be leaders in their respective fields.
“The purpose of the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! AfricaTM platform is to recognise, support, and celebrate the diversity and dynamism of Black women in Africa, and the African Diaspora”, she said.
She added that this movement will tap into our growing international market by illuminating the vibrant cultures and valiant narratives of our African sisters who are heroes and trailblazers”
Bond is currently working with several community-based organizations to spearhead outreach initiatives on the continent. Additionally, she is collaborating with VIMN Africa/BET Africa, to develop a Pan-African BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards show. The purpose of this is to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of BLACK GIRLS ROCK! in 2016.
Ever the multi-faceted Black woman, Bond was also #BETXAfrica’s11 official main stage DJ; anchoring the festival’s closing concert, which featured an all-star line-up of African and African-American artists including: Diamond (Tanzania), AKA (South Africa), Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, Maxwell (USA), and more.