TV Ceremony Shows Why “Black Girls Rock”

Article first published as TV Ceremony Shows Why “Black Girls Rock” on Technorati.

Some of the biggest African American female stars of film, music, and television were on hand for Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) “Black Girls Rock” Awards, which aired Sunday night.

BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc., a non-profit organization focused on the healthy development of young women and girls, aligned with BET to create the event. The ceremony, taped in October and hosted by actress Nia Long, emphasized the accomplishments of outstanding women of color who have made exceptional contributions in their careers and serve as positive role models in their communities.

Award winners included rapper Missy Elliot, actress Keke Palmer and actress/entrepreneur Raven-Symoné of The Cosby Show fame. A Lifetime Achievement award was presented to activist and star of the screen and stage, Ruby Dee.

Viewers were treated to performances by artists including Fantasia, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius, and Keri Hilson.

An awards show to honor women of color serves a specific purpose. With films such as, Sex in the City, and past television shows like “Ally McBeal,” women in the ethnic majority are usually portrayed in roles showing them as independent, successful, quirky, and beautiful. Opportunities to see women of color in such positive ways are not as common. One such show, Girlfriends, about four African American women aired for eight seasons, but was cancelled abruptly in 2008.

One award winner felt a sense of duty connected to the evening.

When accepting her Young, Black & Gifted Award, Symone said, “It’s up to us as females to open doors for other females like the other legends sitting here tonight.”


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