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Black Girls Rock?

With shame and regret I admit that when it aired the first time I missed it. I forgot it was on. I didn’t watch it as I should have but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a comment on the commentary floating around the internet pertaining to the show Black Girl Rock. Lord, help me to understand why this show title, this affirmation and this declaration to God is such a cause of controversy for so many? Catching the show later on rewind, I celebrated its positive message, its enthusiasm and its commitment to showcasing the best of black women. Imagine my surprise then when I heard comments claiming reverse racism, bias, bigotry and doubt about the need for a show that highlights our diversity.

For those who claim we’re being self-indulgent, whiny or narcissistic let me briefly explain. If it was obvious to everyone that black girl rock, if it was believed wholeheartedly by the masses, if most black women believed this unquestionably then we wouldn’t need a show to remind us and the world of this universal truth. The belief would be embedded in our hearts. The affirmation would be one with our souls, society would champion our claim and endorse its positive message, but this is not the case! Hence, I declare, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! I declare it because no race besides our own will understand the urgent need to uplift our girls, remind them of their beauty, and be a champion for their talent and courage. The show and its message are necessary and needed because we have no one to tell us we are wonderful so we tell our selves. Don’t hate on the message nor its handful of talented and beautiful black women who act as its messenger.

Why is it a problem if just for a second black women are on top? Is discrimination the reason behind why people hate the idea of Black Girls Rock?


About the Author

Stephanie Small, Sistah & Superhero! Author, Educator, Personal Growth Coach & wannabe Superhero! Author of Black Girl's Guide to Winning at Love & Life! (Available on Amazon.com, B&N and Kobo)

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