Empowering Black girls to grow into leaders

BLACK GIRLS ROCK! kicks off a book club series in partnership with Microsoft to showcase young Black women who are inspiring and innovating today—and empower Black youth to see themselves as the leaders of tomorrow.

As a former model and a celebrity DJ, Beverly Bond witnessed firsthand the marginalization, stereotyping, and limited opportunities that women of color experienced in her industries. Her personal journey of observation, resistance, and eventually affirmation led her to take a stand and shift paradigms around the representation of Black women in media and society.

Beverly created BLACK GIRLS ROCK! (BGR!) to affirm, elevate, and celebrate Black women and girls. BGR! is now both a movement and a multi-faceted media, entertainment, philanthropic, and lifestyle brand committed to the empowerment of women and girls of color. The annual BLACK GIRLS LEAD conference—with speakers like Michelle Obama, Misty Copeland, and Missy Elliott—shows the next generation of girls that if they see it, they can be it. Now, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! is partnering with Microsoft to launch a new Book Club series, create STEAM programming, and help BGR! reach even more youth across the country.

Join the BGR! Book Club

The BGR! Book Club is a new BLACK GIRLS ROCK! initiative created, together with Microsoft, to build community and promote girls’ empowerment, literacy and leadership. Each month the book club will highlight a new thought-provoking book for the community to read and discuss and a live virtual event featuring the author in conversation with a BGR! alumna. There’ll also be interactive workshops for students based on themes in the books that cover topics like STEM, leadership, creative writing, and business skills.

The BGR! Book Club sat down for a conversation with Haben Girma, the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School and author of Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law.

In this recording of the event, she shares her amazing personal journey from isolation to world stage and talks with BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ambassadors Nia and Imani Page about the impacts of ableism, the complexity of identity, and the importance of advocating for people of all abilities.