Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Black Girls Rock

According to Beverly Bond:

BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc. is 501(c)3 a  non-profit youth empowerment and mentoring organization established to promote the arts for young women of color, as well as to encourage dialogue and analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in the media.

Since 2006, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! has been dedicated to the healthy development of young women and girls. BLACK GIRLS ROCK! 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. Since 2006, we have enjoyed the opportunity to enrich the lives of girls aged 12 to 17 years old through mentorship, arts education, cultural exploration and public service. At BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, young women are offered access to enrichment programs and opportunities that place special emphasis on personal development through the arts and cooperative learning.

By speaking to the next generation in their formative years about issues of self-worth, goals, and aspirations, the organization reinforces the message that young women need not objectify themselves or relinquish their autonomy. BLACK GIRLS ROCK! has boldly taken on the crisis of our female youth of color here in America head on and understands the need for positive self-images and a strong sense of awareness. WE SEE 

Tuesday marks the anniversary since this movement started and in honor I wanted to feature a few things that inspire me and make me proud to be a black girl who rocks! I am so moved and touched that I wanted to share some of my many inspirations. In the words of my she-ro Mya Aneglou, “I can't believe my good fortune, and I am just so grateful, to be a Black woman. A Black American woman. I would be so jealous if I were anything else.”

As so famously quoted by Author Toni Morrison, "be your own story." Reading allowed me as young girl in the south to escape and imagine myself in worlds I have yet to visit or even experience. Authors like Toni Morrison, bell hooks and Patrica Hill Collins have created narratives that we control where we as black women thrive. Below are a few links of some dope books by African-American writers. 

Now you know I love all things fashion and have to highlight the many men and women who are in the fashion world creating designs and making waves. Check out the link below:

My name is CoCo Fierce and I am a black girl who rocks!!!