“BLACK GIRLS ROCK” Do We Need It?

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[1].

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. :>)

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“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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[1] 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.

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Phenola Moore writes blogs on www.pressonwebzine.wordpress.com, she is the author of a digital book of poems, "Reveal the Real You Poetry Collection" and you can access pass issues of her online magazine, "Press On! Webzine," www.pressonwebzine.com. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English with a minor in Journalism from the University of Maryland University College. Follow her on Twitter @pressonwebzine.
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7 Responses to “BLACK GIRLS ROCK” Do We Need It?

  1. Great post. I noticed, too, the downpour of negativity in the media for black women this year. It’s like someone declared war all of a sudden! Thank God that we do continue to have positive images and role models to draw from. Thank you for being one of those positive role models!

  2. I was a little nervous about what angle this article was going to take and the conclusions that would be drawn, but I think it is an argument well made. I agree with a resounding yes! We, as Black women, definitely need positive reinforcement, images of our beauty, and encouragement to pursue our dreams. Black men may need it even more. I was watching the show thinking, “This is sooo awesome. I wish there was something like that that my 15-year-old son could be a part of.” We’ve done so much to build up Black women (and we need to continue because we’re not there yet), but I’m worried that we are leaving young Black boys & men in the wayside.

    • I absolutely agree that black boys/men need for men to reach out to them on a national platform. I pray that someone will see this and do something that will encourage boys/men on their journey.

      Thank you for taking the time to read the blog. :>)

  3. Michelle says:

    A resounding YES!!! Our young ladies are bombarded with non positive images of themselves. It is imperative that we do something on all levels whether the home, neighborhood, city, state, etc…you get my point. I did not see the show, but have read and heard about it, it’s purpose and impact. I was really intrigued after listening to Jeff Johnson’s commentary this morning on TJMS. He spoke highly of the event and its goals.
    If it weren’t for local programs similar to this in my neighborhoods and wonderful strong black women in my family and community that poured into us young black females. I would have been lost and fell prey to the negative images portrayed of “me” in the media.We should be doing whatever we can to lift up one another. Thanks for the positive read.

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