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Black Girls Rock!: Owning Our Magic. Rocking Our Truth.

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From the award-winning entrepreneur, culture leader, and creator of the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! movement comes an inspiring and beautifully designed book that pays tribute to the achievements and contributions of black women around the world.

Fueled by the insights of women of diverse backgrounds, including Michelle Obama, Angela Davis, Shonda Rhimes, Misty Copeland Yara Shahidi, and Mary J. Blige, this book is a celebration of black women’s voices and experiences that will become a collector’s items for generations to come.

Maxine Waters shares the personal fulfillment of service. Moguls Cathy Hughes, Suzanne Shank, and Serena Williams recount stories of steadfastness, determination, diligence, dedication and the will to win. Erykah Badu, Toshi Reagon, Mickalane Thomas, Solange Knowles-Ferguson, and Rihanna offer insights on creativity and how they use it to stay in tune with their magic. Pioneering writers Rebecca Walker, Melissa Harris-Perry, and Joan Morgan speak on modern-day black feminist thought. Lupita Nyong’o, Susan Taylor, and Bethann Hardison affirm the true essence of holistic beauty. And Iyanla Vanzant reinforces Black Girl Magic in her powerful pledge. Through these and dozens of other unforgettable testimonies, Black Girls Rock! is an ode to black girl ambition, self-love, empowerment, and healing.

Pairing inspirational essays and affirmations with lush, newly commissioned and classic photography, Black Girls Rock!: Owning Our Magic and Rocking Our Truth is not only a one-of-a-kind celebration of the diversity, fortitude, and spirituality of black women but also a foundational text that will energize and empower every reader.

ISBN-13: 9781501157929

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 02-27-2018

Pages: 256

Product Dimensions: 8.20(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.20(d)

Beverly Bond is a women’s empowerment leader, entrepreneur, mentor, philanthropist, celebrity DJ, cultural curator and social innovator. In 2006, Bond founded BLACK GIRLS ROCK! and created the annual BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards to celebrate the excellence and dynamic accomplishments of Black women across sectors. Bond’s work as a businesswoman and community leader has earned her prestigious accolades and recognition, from being included on Ebony magazine’s Power 100 list of most influential Blacks in America, two Gracie Awards, and three NAACP Image Awards and beyond.

Table of Contents

Word is Bond Beverly Bond ix

Introduction Michelle Obama xix

I Femme Noire 1

Formation Beyoncé 3

Hip-Hop Feminism: The Remix Joan Morgan 5

The Third Wave Rebecca Walker 7

Nerdland Melissa Harris-Perry 11

Art Imitates Life Mickalene Thomas 15

Herstory Audre Lorde: Sister Outsider 16

II Black Girl Magic 17

On Another Level Rihanna 19

I Stay Woke Erykah Badu 21

The Champ Is Here Serena Williams 27

She Get It from Her Mama Tracee Ellis Ross 29

Iridescent Soul Valerie June 33

I Slay Danai Curira 35

Herstory Nina Simone: I Put a Spell on You 38

Black Girl Magic: For Us Solange Knowles-Ferguson 39

III Boss Up 43

Know the Ledge Cathy Hughes 45

All the Way Up Suzanne Shank 47

Venus Rising Venus Williams 51

Strictly Roots Donna Byrd 55

Fly-Sci Dr. Knatokie Ford 57

Know Your Worth Luvvie Ajayi 63

Green Is the New Black Lisa Jackson 65

Herstory Bridget "Biddy" Mason: Faith and Fortune 70

Power Play Jessica O. Matthews 71

Herstory Sylvia Robinson: Cold Crush Sista 75

IV Lift Every Voice 77

Herstory The RBGs: Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Nana Yaa Asantewaa 78

All Power to the People Angela Davis 81

I Am Joy Joy-Ann Reid 85

Black Lives Matter Patrisse Cullors 89

Because of Them We Can Eunique Jones Gibson 93

Why We March Tamika D. Mallory 95

Freedom Song Toshi Reagon 101

Lyte as a Rock MC Lyte 105

Reclaiming My Time Maxine Waters 107

Herstory Pauline Murray: High Priestess 111

V More Black More Beautiful 113

Flawless Naomi Campbell 115

Nappy Roots Michaela Angela Davis 117

Soul Glow Lupita Nvong'o 121

Masterpiece Jazmine Sullivan 125

Soul Food Afya Ibomu 129

So Fresh and So Clean June Ambrose 133

Model Citizen Bethann Hardison 135

In the Spirit Susan L. Taylor 137

Herstory Roberta Flack: I Am Legend 140

VI Movers and Shakers 141

On Pointe Misty Copeland 143

Dancing Spirit Judith Jamison 147

The Beat of Our Drum Luam Keflezgy 151

Herstory Ana "Rokafella" Garcia: B-Girls Will B Girls 153

VII Still I Rise 155

My Life Mary J. Blige 157

Bent, Not Broken April Holmes 161

Supa Dupa Fly Missy Elliott 165

Herstory Maya Angelou: Phenomenal Woman 166

Insight Haben Girma 167

Black Blues Terrie Williams 171

VIII Shot Caller 175

The Art of Storytelling Mara Brock Akil 177

King Me Regina King 179

Flip the Script Shonda Rhimes 183

Fresh Princess Tatyana Ali 185

Made You Look Issa Rae 189

Views from Our Lens Julie Dash 191

Lights, Camera, Action! Ava DuVernay 195

The Big Picture Nzingha Stewart 197

Who Shot Ya? Melina Matsonkas 199

Herstory Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun 201

IX Young, Gifted, and Black 203

Who Rocks Next? Maya Penn 205

Belle Sabreuse Ibtihaj Muhammad 207

Who Rocks Next Yara Shahidi 211

Herstory Ruby Bridges: Over Troubled Waters 214

Fem the Future Janelle Monáe 215

Pledge: I Am 218

Acknowledgments 221

Photography Credits 225

Black Girls Rock!: Remixing the Revolution 229

About Beverly Bond 231