Founder of Black Girls Rock Beverly Bond stopped by the Karen Hunter Show on SiriusXM Urban View (Ch. 126) to talk about why she founded her organization, its recent awards show on BET and some of the criticism she faces.

Bond talked about the inception of Black Girls Rock, which was inspired her roots in music and DJing. “I love music. I love hip-hop. And I did see something happening in us as women — and especially black women — not having enough voice and not enough presence … and seeing demeaning and disrespectful messages becoming more and more commercialized.”

The recent awards ceremony, which included a speech by Michelle Obama, faced backlash from critics focused on the movement’s exclusivity to black girls. Bond responded: “I don’t understand how anyone could see this very empowering, positive, incredible show and hear all of these women speak from their hearts to inspire and empower the next generation of girls and walk away from and say that something is bad about this… or think that everybody cannot be inspired by this.”

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