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Why Black Girls Rock [Photos]

 

 

On Sunday (November 3) the annual Black Girls Rock Awards show aired on BET. Each year the show honors Black females who have broken barriers and allowed the existence of the black women to still stand strong in media and everyday life. This year the show honored Queen Latifah, Patti LaBelle, Mara Brock Akil, Venus Williams, Marian Wright Edelman, Misty Copeland, and Ameena Matthews. If you missed it, I'm sure it will come on again, but each performance and honoring moment was successful and well deserved. However with every triumph there is always negativity not too far behind. Unfortunately while the show was on television and a trending topic on twitter, another topic sparked a trend, #whitegirlsrock. Throughout the night, some twitter users using the hashtag gave opinions and asked questions of why African American woman were worthy of our own show. Well Vixens, we've put together a few reasons why black girls rock. Check them out after the jump!

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Aja Brown, Mayor of Compton 

Like the many African American women in politics who came before her, Aja Brown is a force to be reckoned with. Don't let her young age of 31 fool you, the newly-elected mayor of Compton is making changes in her home city of Compton.

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Primetime's newest diva and the rumored mom-to-be has been winning us over for 3 seasons on ABC's Scandal. Not only is she beautiful but has the brains as well, as she is a women's cancer activist and political supporter of President Obama, just to name a few.

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Ever wondered how they created the shot for polio or came up with gene mapping? We have Henrietta Lacks to thank. If that is not a Black Girl Rocking, I don't know what is! Lacks, an ordinary woman diagnosed with cervical cancer passed away in 1951, but her cells did not. Considered by doctors to be "immortal", Henrietta's cells were apart of some major medical breakthroughs!

The University of Law graduate Gabrielle Turnquest, 18, will become the youngest person in the history of the English and Welsh legal system to be called to The Bar after passing The University of LawÕs Bar Professional Training Course. Her achievement will be formally recognised at a call ceremony at the Honourable Society of LincolnÕs Inn on Tuesday 30th July 2013 in London.

Gabrielle Turnquest

As the youngest person to pass the bar exam in the UK, this Florida teen is one of the greatest reasons why Black Girls Rock, she's educated. Gabrielle Turnquest graduated from Virgina's Liberty University at 16 and is now a qualifying barrister in the UK and Bahamas. Let's just keep in mind that the average age of a lawyer is 27.

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Janelle Monae

Taking the music game by storm and changing the average appearance for female singers, Janelle Monae is definitely rocking! A previous BGR award recipient, Monae, released Electric Lady, her second studio album earlier this fall. As one of the newest faces of CoverGirl, Janelle Monae is dedicated and all about her craft!

 

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Michelle Obama

With her heroic qualities she captivates the world and contrary to what Kanye thinks she is definitely an influence to many, Michelle Obama rocks! During her time as First Lady, not only has she implemented initiatives and spearheaded events, but been a great mom all while doing it. She is the quintessential woman!

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SZA Calls For Peace While Receiving 'Rule Breaker' Award At Billboard Women In Music

SZA called for peace and understanding at Billboard's Women In Music event Thursday (Dec. 6).

During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

Scroll down to see Forbes' full list below.

Katy Perry ($83 million) Taylor Swift ($80 million) Beyoncé ($60 million) P!nk ($52 million) Lady Gaga ($50 million) Jennifer Lopez ($47 million) Rihanna ($37.5 million) Helene Fischer ($32 million) Celine Dion ($31 million) Britney Spears ($30 million)

 

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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