On Monday night, I attended 2018 Black Girls Rock Awards hosted by Queen Latifah. I promise I won’t ruin the show for you, I just want everyone to understand the type of magic I was around. There is no better feeling than being surrounded in a room filled with Black woman that possess so much power.
It was one thing to experience Queens such as Fantasia, H.E.R, Yolanda Adams, and Tamia hit the stage. I am not one to cry, but I truly did drop a few tears last night. So many women graced the stage with speeches and performances that will keep me moving to the next best part of myself. True growth and hard work was displaced on the stage, and in the crowd of people.
Naomi Campbell, who was honored with the Black Girl Magic Award, has shown every young black girl that we belong on the runway and on the front covers of magazines. Lena Waithe, who was honored with the Shot Caller Award, has worked hard for the past 10+ years to produce and build her craft as an outspoken gay woman and show us how to be more accepting and open with others. Judith Jamison was honored with the Living Legend Award because she will forever go down in history as one of the best black ballet dancers.
Mary J Blige was honored with the Star Power Award for being more than just a star in our lives, but a voice for all women of all ages who “Not Gon’ Cry” and are going to be “Just Fine,” with the love they hold within themselves. Tarana Burke was honored with the Community Change Agent Award for standing up for victims of domestic violence with #MeToo. Last but certainly not least Janet Jackson was the lady of the night honored with the RockStar Award. Janet is a living legend, an icon and the perfect example of Black Excellence. Her music has touched so many peoples lives over the years and she has constantly been a great example of true acceptance of oneself.
I am so thankful to have gotten the chance to be surrounded by such greatness last night. Make sure you mark your calendars because you will not want to miss this awards show! Be prepared for the performances and the late and great PROPER Aretha Franklin tribute that was blessed to us. I laughed, cried and went to church with all the talented women who performed.