For seven years now, BET has hosted and aired an awards ceremony/special called “Black Girls Rock.” In case you’ve been consistently missing it, the event is meant to honor the achievements of exceptional Black women throughout history (up to and including Black women from this generation). Through “Black Girls Rock” BET seeks to promote Black female empowerment, especially for the younger generation — the idea being that spotlighting successful Black women with a meaningful stake in history inspires young women of color to do the same. It’s a noble undertaking for a network which seemingly doesn’t always have Black power, history, and progress at the forefront of its agenda (I won’t go there).

One thing is for sure; “Black Girls Rock” has a lot of star power on the line-up. After the Nina Simone tribute done in 2010 by Jill Scott, Ledisi, Marsha Ambrosius and Kelly Price, I’ve been hooked. This year did not disappoint. Hosted by actress Tracee Ellis Ross and political activist/actress Regina King, “Black Girls Rock” called forth favorites like Alicia Keys, India.Arie, Anthony Hamilton, and (oh snap!) throwback gems, SWV. Brandy, Ciara, Missy Elliot and Keyshia Cole, Eric Benet, and Luke James also blessed the stage. Play through the performances for a perfect blend of old and new r&b, soul, jazz, and CHURCH (ie where SWV takes ’em).

Alicia Keys


Keyshia Cole

Ciara & Missy Elliott


Eric Benet, Anthony Hamilton & Luke James



  • brooke

    Alicia was great in this!! I have her video for Girl on Fire on repeat http://youtu.be/J91ti_MpdHA

  • brooke

    Brandy was really good too! In love with “Wildest Dreams”

  • greg

    if there was a white girls rock people would say it was rasict why cant we stop all this b.s it’s segregation and just have Girls rock ??

    • Raydio

      I wouldn’t say it’s segregation, although I could understand why/how people would see it that way. Do all girls rock? Yea, most of them do, but it’s hard to deny that Black women have been historically (up until today) marginalized so that their beauty, accomplishments, power, etc. has been seen less – a lot less than their White counterpart. Black Girls Rock is a small attempt to combat our society’s imbalanced representation of Black women in the media. In other words, White girls get to see other rocking White girls a lot more often (by way of magazines, TV shows, music artists, movies, politicians, teachers, etc.) than Black girls get to see other rocking Black girls. I could be wrong, but I don’t think I am.