In my last post, a profile on BLACKGIRLSROCK! CEO and Founder Beverly Bond, I mentioned the hateration that has been trending on social media sites towards the BLACKGIRLSROCK! movement. This is old news, but I wanted to put this out there for those who may have not heard about it. A Black Woman Blogger I follow, Ebonychic205 of Fed up Black Woman Blogspot discussed this briefly in a post from 2013 saying:
A white woman doesn’t support “White Girls Rock” in response of bitter angry white women, white men and black men
I mentioned black men because black men participated in the “#WhiteGirlsRock trending topic in spite of #BlackGirlsRock. This is a testament sistas. No matter how many white women, white men or black men tell you that you’re not a threat remember that YOU ARE INDEED A THREAT. When a black women is confident and begins to shine on her own people are quick to try and put her back in her place.
Why I’m Not Here for #WhiteGirlsRock
- Black Girls Rock! is necessary because when you Google “beautiful women,” this is what you see.
- Because when you look at the covers of Vogue, this is what you see.
- Because when Vanity Fair printed their Hollywood issue, they put the black actresses on the back cover.
- Because when a dark-skinned woman is put on the cover of a magazine, this is what is done to her.
- Because Pixar has never made a movie featuring a black cartoon character.
- Because a black actress has never won a drama series Lead Actress Emmy. (Although Kerry Washington will change that, I am certain.)
- Because in 39 years, only three black women have been part of the cast of SNL.
- Because, until Scandal, the only real place you could find black women in leading roles on television was The Real Housewives of _______.
- Because the “first black Disney Princess” was a frog for 95 percent of the movie.
I could go on. But I think you get the gist. What it comes down to is that black girls are missing representations of themselves in positive contexts. When they turn on the TV, they are missing. When they are looking at the cover of magazines like Vogue and Elle, they are missing. When they go to the movie theater, they are missing. For black women’s faces to appear in mainstream films, it seems they must be either wearing a maid’s apron or chains. So when Black Girls Rock! appears on the scene, ready to uplift and empower the girls who are so tragically neglected in American media, ready to showcase women of color who are smart and fun and beautiful and accomplished and positive, I am so here for it.