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The 2017 Black Girls Rock! Recap

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It’s a known fact that the black woman flourishes daily. But last night at the 2017 Black Girls Rock! Awards, the melanin was extra popping.

The Black Girls Rock! Awards were created in 2006 by Beverly Bond to uplift, recognize, and celebrate black women who are “trailblazers, change makers or dynamos in their respective fields,” as the website describes.

You can almost smell the shea butter through the television. Each year this commencement becomes more powerful and influential. Hosted by Taraji P. Henson, the event was absolutely magical. To kick things off, SZA performed “Normal Girl.” The most fitting track off her latest album Ctrl. Insecure actress and creator Issa Rae accepted the “Star Power” award.

“For a long time, I defined myself by what I wasn’t,” Issa said. “My life changed when I focused on what I was, what I was good at, what I liked most about myself and what made me stand out. Once I learned to like me more than others did, then I didn’t have to worry about being the funniest or the most popular or the prettiest. I was the best me and I only ever tried to be that.”

Black-ish star, Yara Shahidi and Grammy-award winning singer Solange were honored as well.

Roberta Flack rightfully accepted the “Living Legend” award. Her acceptance speech was enough to put us in tears and she expressed that black girls are “magical.”

Songstress, India Irie performed “Where Is The Love” along with Tyrese in her honor.

The show was stolen when Auntie Maxine better known as California congresswoman, Maxine Waters accepted the award for “Social Humanitarian.” Waters has grown a following for unapologetically standing up for what she believes in. Although she has been in office since the late 60s she has gained popularity with the millennials.

“I want you to know if it was not for the love and respect shown to me by black women, those right ultra conservatives. They would have me believe I’m too black, I’m too confrontational, I’m too tough and I’m too disrespectful of them. But I now know I’m simply a strong black woman.”

Performers for the night included Tasha Cobbs, Anthony Hamilton, and Ledisi.

To be a black woman is the most the most gratifying yet challenging situation. I admire my blackness and all the controversy that comes with the task. As a black woman, I admire my sister from all hues, shapes, and backgrounds. One thing we have to realize is that we are all Queens. Our strength, resilience, and influence are enough to stop wars and move mountains. To look out and uplift one another is vital to our sisterhood. Malcolm X said it best, “The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.”

If you missed Black Girls Rock! Watch the event here.