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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

“BLACK GIRLS ROCK!” - A BLUEPRINT FOR ELOY AWARDS TO LEARN FROM

Have you ever taken time out to watch the award show Black girls rock on BET? Black Girls Rock awards was aired on BET on Sunday November 3rd.   In my opinion, this is one show that tops all other award shows on BET or any other award show for that matter. Black Girls Rock is a show that inspires black women, instills beauty, pride, values and confidence in them.
The show highlights the achievements, brilliance and fortitude of exceptional black women and 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.

This year’s edition was hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King and BET honoured African American Women like Patti Labelle, Queen Latifah, Mara Brock Akil, Venus Williams and children’s rights activist Marian Wright, among others.  Categories include Living Legend Award, Community Activist Award, Rock Star Award, Young, Gifted & Black Award and Star Power Award.
“Black girls rock!” has a tradition of paying homage to Africa American women who have worked relentlessly to promote a positive image for women of colour.  It also brings attention to a rising global movement that teaches girls to be their best selves.

Venus Williams
To me, the show is more than just an award show but it is a fun, well packaged show that cuts across all spheres. It recognizes women in music, arts, literature, humanitarian, sports etc. It is well organized fun show that is worthy of emulation and would be really great if the ‘Black Girls Rock’ team could show recognition beyond African American women, but also have Africans as recipients of the award.
It would also be great to see Nigerian version of an award that is dedicated solely to women who have made impact in the country and also to inspire and instill confidence in the younger generation.

Jennifer Hudson

Queen Latifah


The only award that comes close in Nigeria to honouring women is the ELOY award organized by Exquisite Magazine but yet, it still seems like just an award and lacks the luster and flavor of an inspirational show. Asides from this, the award also has a long list of nominees per category and some of the awards given to winners do not seem well deserved. This probably has more to do with the quality of the show, as well as the  producers that put the show together.

At the next ELOY awards, we would like to see women who have done singular acts and outstanding and exceptional feats being recognized, rather than the conventional 'best actress', 'best artiste' and the likes.



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