Friday, September 28, 2007

Cocoa Lounge NOW: Black Girls Rock with Honors

From The Cocoa Lounge

Actress, Gabrielle Union, to host 2007 Black Girls Rock Awards

We spotlighted Black Girls Rock Inc. last year when we caught wind of the fantastic grass-roots work this organization dished out in the Big Apple. Black Girls Rock Inc. has continued to grow and recently joined forces with VH1 Hip Hop Honors and a slew of entertainers for its star-studded 2nd Annual Black Girls Rock! Awards, co-hosted by actresses Gabrielle Union and Regina King.

Sponsored by CoverGirl Queen Collection, VH1 Hip Hop Honors, bluhammock music, Jordan Brand, Akademiks, GIANT Magazine and METRO, this year's growing list of presenters include breakout superstar and COVERGIRL spokesmodel Rihanna, R&B heartthrob Mario, pop-star Mya, philanthropist/poet/artist Danny Simmons, hip-hop pioneer MC Lyte, R&B princess Ashanti, and Bad Boy recording artist and actress in the upcoming Disney film "Step Up 2," Cassie. Other presenters include music mogul Andre Harrell, Hip-Hop legend and icon KRS-One, Rain Pryor, NAACP Image Award winning actress, author, MS Avocate and daughter of legendary comedian Richard Pryor, philanthropist and former model Bethann Hardison, "The Wire's" Sonja Sohn, Discovery Home Channel celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson and more.

Black Girls Rock 2007 Honorees (Honorees include: (clockwise) Common, Christte Michele, Missy Elliott and Tracy Reese.

A who's who of girls—and guys—who rock, have been penned into the nomination diaries. Street Soldier and Fox 5 News Correspondent, Lisa Evers, has been nominated for the Community Outreach Award; Jay-Z's hook girl, Chrisette Michelle earns a well-deserved "nom" for the Who's Got Next? Award for her brilliant neo-soul debut album, "I AM;" Hip-Hop icon Common, not only churns out hit after hit but has also penned the history of hip-hop with his 1994 love song to the art form, I Used to Love H.E.R. The Chicago-born rapper has been nominated for the Soul Brother #1 Award; And Philadelphia's Power 99 breakout female deejay, DJ Diamond Kuts, has spun a nomination for the Jazzy Joyce DJ Award. With attendance still pending, the irresistibly irreplaceable Beyonce Knowles, is rumored to be taking home the Icon Award.

Rock On!

The awards ceremony will take place Oct. 6th at the Lincoln Center in New York.

***10/09/07 UPDATES:***
Black Girls Rock! 2007 Awards Photos
For photos from the 2007 Black Girls Rock! Awards, CLICK HERE.

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Anonymous said...

dats a cool picture of gabrielle union.

Anonymous said...

I found this website because I'm a fan of Gabrielle Union's and have been since Bring it On. I happen to be white.

I'm happy that Gabrielle is hosting this Awards show but it's kind of racist for them to say that "Black girls Rock" when other girls rock too. If they want to be an organization that serve girls of color, they should call themselves something like Girls of Color Rock. It shouldn't be something only exclusive to just black girls. I think everyone should feel like they're able to be a part of it.

Anonymous said...

In response to Amy what they do is needed. Not to hate on what you're saying but I don't think that Black Girls Rock is trying to ignore white people. It doesn't say anywhere that nobody of another race could come. To me it sounds like they help young black girls in NY and theres nothing racist about that.

And to be honest Black girls do rock but that doesn't take anything away from any other womans shine.

The Cocoa Lounge said...

Portia and Amy,

You both have brought up some great points.


I would liken the phrase Black Girls Rock to Blondes Have More Fun. I've been hearing about blondes forever...does that stop me from having as much fun as I can in life? Heck no. So black girls rocking aren't to the exclusion of other types of girls rocking, too. It's just celebrating these girls for one moment in time. And anyone who feels as if they're not included should re-examine why.

Anonymous said...

Highly melanated (Black) females are made to feel inadequate, unappealing and not intellectually sound everyday by mass media, so if the spotlight is shining on us for just one evening please forgive us while we shout, BLACK GIRLS ROCK!!!

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