I wasn’t going to watch at first. I had made up in my mind that the Academy didn’t deserve my viewership. Really, it didn’t deserve ANY of our viewership…people of color, that is. After all, it was the 88th Academy Awards, and we were still having a conversation about the lack of diversity. We were tired. But ironically, the Academy asked Chris Rock, a legendary comedian, known for making crude jokes and pushing the envelope as far as it could possibly go to host this year’s ceremony. And while I had pledged not to tune in on Sunday, I just had to see it for myself. I wanted to see Chris tear the Academy a new one, LIVE and in color.
Say it ain’t so, sweet brown baby Jesus! This was all we had left. They gave us hope. I mean, it seems like just yesterday Will gave an incredibly heart-warming speech about how much he loved Jada at BET’s Black Girls Rock award show. NOW THIS? Somebody, hold me.
Jada, oh Jada. You just gotta love her! Since her days as “Lena James” on the 80’s hit show A Different World, she’s been a constant reminder that big things really do come in small packages. Nearly 30 years later, now a mother, wife, and self proclaimed “womanist,” nothing much has changed.
“Saying we rock is a response to our neglect.” That’s a quote from #BlackGirlsRock founder and executive director Ms. Beverly Bond. Bond, a visionary and social innovator has changed the game in more ways than one. Noted as one of the most influential DJ’s and trendsetters of our time, Bond is now taking the world by storm by empowering not only Black youth, but also Black women with BGR!. In 2010, Beverly Bond partnered with BET to share her BLACK GIRLS ROCK! vision with the rest of the world, and last night, we had the pleasure of taking part in the experience! Here are my top 10 moments that ROCKED from BGR!
Who doesn’t love The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? And aside form that, WHO doesn’t love Will Smith? Will visited the Ellen Show a few days ago and he showed us all that he’s still got it! My favorite part is the audience participation. LOL