Tonight, I had a chance to watch the third installment of the Black Girls Rock Awards on BET. Black Girls Rock, a non-profit organization founded by Beverly Bond, was “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.” (Black Girls Rock Inc)
The hosts for the 2012 Award show were Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King. The show began with a performance with the beautiful Alicia Keys as she blessed us with a performance of her new single “Girl on Fire.”
Tonight’s honorees were Carrie Washington, Dr. Hawa Abdi, Janelle Monae, Susan L. Taylor, Alicia Keys and the living legend Dionne Warrick.
Eva Longoria presented the beautiful Carrie Washington with the “Star Power” award, and reminded the crowd that Carrie was the first African-American female to have a leading role on prime time television in 38 years.
The newly wedded Megan Good, presented the eccentric Janelle Monae with her 2012 Black Girls Rock Award. Janelle told the touching story of her humble beginnings as a maid in Kansas City to becoming a style icon.
Keisha Cole blessed us with a dramatic performance of her new single “Trust and Believe.” Trust and Believe is the best song I’ve heard from Keshia since “Love.”
Taraji Henson awarded Essence Magazine’s Susan L. Taylor with the Black Girls Rock Inspiration Award. Susan left us with a very powerful statement: “Hands that help, are holier than lips than pray.”
Gabrielle Union presented Alicia Keys with the Rock Star Award for her humanitarian work to society. Alicia reminded us that “no one knows you better than you and continue to grow.”
One of the best performances of the night was Ciara, who was joined by the great Missy Elliot. I almost forgot how great a performer Ciara, was until she hit us with a “Chris Brown” like dance set.
When Idris Elba came on stage every woman in the crowd went wild and all he really said was ” black girls rock.”
A triple dose of testosterone was served up when Luke James, Eric Benet and Anthony Hamilton performed. This was the first time that male performers blessed the stage of Black Girl Rocks.
Dr. Hawa Abdi and Dionne Warrick were the final recipients for the 2012 Black Girls Rock Awards.
The highlight of tonight’s show was seeing SWV performing “Weak” one of my favorite tunes from the 90′s.
Tonight was truly a beautiful night for women of color as BET showed us why BLACK GIRLS ROCK.