#ShesGotVerve - Why We Love Beverly Bond

Beverly Bond’s got a shit load of VERVE!

A trailblazer and entertainer whose influence has spanned the gamut of creative expression, Beverly Bond used her power as a social influencer to found BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, a non-profit mentoring organization aimed at empowering young women of color and encouraging and enabling conversations and analysis of how women of color are portrayed in music, entertainment and media.

BLACK GIRLS ROCK! has been dedicated to the healthy development of young women and girls. BLACK GIRLS ROCK! seeks to build the self-esteem and self-worth of young women of color by changing their outlook on life, broadening their horizons, and helping them to empower themselves. Since 2006, we have enjoyed the opportunity to enrich the lives of girls aged 12 to 17 years old through mentorship, arts education, cultural exploration and public service. At BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, young women are offered access to enrichment programs and opportunities that place special emphasis on personal development through the arts and cooperative learning. By speaking to the next generation in their formative years about issues of self-worth, goals, and aspirations, the organization reinforces the message that young women need not objectify themselves or relinquish their autonomy. BLACK GIRLS ROCK! has boldly taken on the crisis of our female youth of color here in America head on and understands the need for positive self-images and a strong sense of awareness. WE SEE SOLUTIONS.

Because Bond is the type of woman she is, she thought, why stop there? In 2010 she and BET partnered to produce the televised annual awards show BLACK GIRLS ROCK! to showcase and celebrate the achievements and contributions of extraordinary women of color.

BLACK GIRLS ROCK! received an NAACP Image Award for outstanding Variety Series or Special and Hillary Clinton personally and publically thanked Bond for her tireless promotion of black women.

Then Bond created BLACK GIRLS LEAD (BGL) and got even busier. BGL is an international leadership conference designed to empower young women of color. BGL’s mission is to offer girls the tools, skills, opportunities and resources to help them become leaders, influencers, public servants and innovators.

Bond’s professional work and her more personal efforts to create a generation of confident, fearless, compassionate, constructive and accomplished women and girls of color are too many to name so I’ll let her accolades speak for themselves.

Bond has made EBONY magazine’s Power 100 list for five consecutive years from 2008-2012. In addition Bond was recognized as one of Ebony’s “Most Influential Blacks In America.”  ESSENCE magazine’s “40 Fierce and Fabulous Women Who are Changing the World” placed Bond firmly in the company of some of the world’s most remarkable high profile women such as First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, President of the Republic of Liberia Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Beyonce and Queen Latifah. In 2016 Bond received New York’s Women Who Care award.

Bond, BLACKGIRLSROCK! and the young women it champions are determined to change the way the world sees and values the achievements and contributions of young women of color.