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 kicks off on April 14 with Beverly, who’ll be discussing her book “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!” Owning Our Magic, Rocking Our Truth. She’ll sit down for a virtual conversation with Kathie Duperval—a BGR! alumna, recent Cornell University graduate, and aspiring entertainment lawyer—to talk about her personal journey, the importance of representation and sharing our authentic selves, and how a simple idea can spark a movement. This will be followed by an interactive workshop that helps students put these powerful ideas into practice.
It’s the first event in a monthly book series that BGR! created, in partnership with Microsoft, to build community and promote girls’ empowerment, literacy, and leadership. Each month will feature a new thought-provoking book for the community to read and discuss, followed by a live virtual event featuring the author in conversation with a BGR! alumna. There’ll also be interactive workshops based on themes in the books that cover topics like STEM, leadership, creative writing, and business skills.