I could say a lot, but sometimes you have to just let things speak for themselves…I will say that I am grateful and proud of the women that inspired this film and those that portrayed their stories with grace, excellence, and of course #BLACKGIRLMAGIC.
I don’t think that there are words to express all that Gwen Ifill has done for media. Her class, talent, and professionalism set the standard in media. I never had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Ifill, but I felt like I knew her. Over the last few days I have watched media professionals from several networks struggle with saying “Goodbye” to a living legend. In a world of reality stars seeking instant fame and glory for doing nothing Ms. Ifill reminded us daily what can happen when a gloriously, humble, and talented woman stepped in front of the camera….she can change the world for the better.
Rest in Glory Ms. Ifill. There will never be another like you. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world. This little girl will be forever inspired.
Last week Harry Belafonte’s social justice organization, Sankofa dropped a social justice PSA addressing police brutality. If you are concerned (which you should be). You must watch this video. It will move you. Hopefully, it will move you to help create change.
Credits: Short social justice film directed by Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz featuring Michael K. Williams, Michael B. Jordan, Danny Glover, Van Jones, etc. PSA created for Harry Belafonte’s social justice organization, Sankofa.
I started Melanin Media Mondays because I wanted to showcase all the positive things that black girls and women are doing that often don’t make it to the “mainstream” media. The great thing about the internet and social media is that we no longer have to wait for “mainstream” to tell us what is beautiful, talented, or truly newsworthy.
Today’s feature is a young woman that just makes my heart heart happy beyond words. Her name is Marley Dias and I think that she is amazing.
She has to be one of the coolest young ladies going. She is just the type of black princess that the world needs to see. If you haven’t heard of Marley let me give you a quick peek at this amazing wonder. For starters she the mind behind the #1000BlackGirlsBook campaign. A wonderful campaign that donates books to libraries and schools that showcase black girls as the main character. The little princess also has her own magazine called Marley Mag in partnership with Elle magazine. She is what I personally think of when I hear Black Girl Magic.
Way to go Marley! You have inspired this big girl 🙂
Instead of telling you what I think I will just present the powerful trailer from Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th.
The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American. (above text taken from the 13th Official Trailer.)
I am going to say this as gently as possible….If you didn’t watch Black Girls Rock last night on BET I am going to need your Black girl card back. This was an experience like none other! How can you go wrong when you start a show off with Sheila E?!?! I was live tweeting during the entire show and commented that there is something special when you see the First Lady of the United States singing along with Sheila E! LOL!
I salute you Beverly Bonds because you have done something that the “big” name shows have yet to master. You successfully celebrated women! You have put young girls in the room with their mothers and grandmothers and embraced the past, present, and future.
“No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful,” First Lady Michelle Obama said. “I am so proud of you. My husband, your president, is so proud of you. We have so much hope and dreams for you,” she told the crowd full of black women and girls.
How many shows celebrate the next generation of young women making a difference AKA (M.A.D. girls)? Ummm…. (Think about it) the educators with the entertainers all in one room?
I must be honest…I spent much of the show in tears because I am proud of my Black Sisters! All of the speeches from the celebrants moved me beyond words even as I write this. Black Girls Rock! 2015 changed me…. If you hang around would find out you’ll find it out…it was inspired by Ms. Tyson “I opted to use my career as my platform.” ~Cicely Tyson .Black Girls Rock 2015
Founded by musician Beverly Bond in 2006, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc. is 501(c)3 non-profit youth empowerment and mentoring organization established to promote the arts for young women of color.
The annual Black Girls Rock celebration was recently taped and will in air in April, but I couldn’t wait to share with you the some tidbits from the show. An event with plenty of star power the showstopper was none other than First Lady Michelle Obama. You can read a part of her speech below.
“No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful,” Obama said. “I am so proud of you. My husband, your president, is so proud of you. We have so much hope and dreams for you,” she told the crowd full of black women and girls.- First Lady Michelle Obama
Some friendly advice….Make plans now to watch Black Girls Rock!
Welcome to another addition of Media Mondays! Today I would live to share a wonder panel discussion on the portrayals of Black women in the media. Taking place at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes Auditorium tomorrow (March 31, 2015) the discussion will feature Black media professionals that include: Vanessa Karen DeLuca (Editor-in-Chief of Essence Magazine), Demetria Lucas D’Oyley (author of Don’t Waste Your Pretty Blogger & A Belle in Brooklyn), Farai Chideya (award-winning journalist, author and host of One with Farai) and moderated by journalist, Akisa Omulepu.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to share this event with you, however I am sad that I will not to attend, but I will be there in spirit.
With Love from me to HUE,