Sunday, November 6 Black Entertainment Television presented the second annual “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!” show. According to BET, the show highlights the accomplishments of exceptional women of color who have made outstanding contributions in their careers, and who stand as inspirational and positive role models in their communities” (www.bet.com).
I wanted to especially see it because I love gospel music and the legendary Pastor Shirley Caesar received their Living Legend Award for over six decades in the gospel music industry.
But do black girls/women need an organization/show dedicated to presenting a positive image of black women while raising awareness regarding our accomplishments and building our self-esteem?
What do you think? Let’s take a peak at some of the things the media has released regarding black women this year.
In May, Psychology Today published, “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?” by London School of Economics’ evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa (http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/why-black-women-are-less-physically-attractive-tha). In it his study concludes that we are less physically attractive than any other race of women.
Also, our natural hair texture was under scrutiny by Oprah’s African-American hair stylist Andre Walker when he told Elle Magazine in July, “Kinky hair can have limited styling options, that’s the only hair type that I suggest altering with professional relaxing” (https://pressonwebzine.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/our-hair-is-beautiful/).
And recently, African-American Stanford Law Professor Ralph Richard Banks released his book, ‘Is Marriage For White People? that spotlights the high statistics of single black women, reminding us of the deficit of what he calls “eligible black men” and telling us that if we want to get married, we need to seek a mate from another race (http://abcnews.go.com).
We’ve taken quite a blow this year alone and yes, your wife, mother, sister, girlfriend, aunt, grandmother, etc. needs an organization/show that celebrates them. :>)
“BLACK GIRLS ROCK! is dedicated to the healthy development of young women and girls. BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc. seeks to build the self-esteem and self-worth of young women of color by changing their outlook on life, broadening their horizons, and helping them to empower themselves is wonderful” (www.bet.com/shows/black-girls-rock/2011/about.html).
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 Later, the article was removed from the website because academics questioned the method Kanazawa used to come to these conclusions and they also wanted to remove him from his position at the university because of this and past issues they had with him.