"I accept the BET Black Girls Rock Shot Caller Award on behalf of black girls all over the world and cannot wait to honor YOU for your groundbreaking achievements." -- Africa.com CEO Teresa Clarke
New York, NY (PRWEB) November 5, 2010
Africa.com Chairman and CEO Teresa Clarke is among the honorees being celebrated on Sunday night, November 7, 2010 at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. Central Time on Black Entertainment Television’s fun and fly television event called BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™
Hosted by actress Nia Long, the show celebrates the brilliance, boldness and beauty of “black girls” with performances by artists Jill Scott, Monica, Keyshia Cole, Fantasia and more. Here’s a sneak peek: http://www.africa.com/bgr.
Organized by BET and celebrity DJ Beverly Bonds, the founder, CEO and executive producer of BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ , the jamming awards show benefits Bonds’ non-profit organization that mentors young girls and works to combat negative images of black women in the media.
Said Bonds, “This historic partnership with BET marks the beginning of an empowerment movement for women of color across the globe because Black Girls Rock all over the world.” Bonds continued, “Our girls are not being told how amazing they really are or how amazing they really can be. It is time that we start telling them. It is time that we start shouting out to the entire world that ‘We’ Black Girls Rock!”
In her acceptance remarks, Clarke echoed Bonds’ desire to reach girls all around the world. Indeed, Clarke chose to speak directly to the young black girls watching the show and urged them to fulfill their dreams: “to the African American girl in Detroit, Michigan; to the British Caribbean girl outside London; to the Senegalese immigrant in Paris; to the Nigerian girl in Lagos; and to the Coloured Girl in South Africa.”
Other honorees included veteran actress Ruby Dee, music producer and artist Missy Elliott, actresses Raven Symone and Keke Palmer, retired Air Force Major General Marcelite J. Harris and author Dr. Iyanla Vanzant.
In the United Kingdom, BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ will air at 8 p.m. GMT. In South Africa, BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ will air on Saturday, November 13th, at 10 p.m. local time on BET, which is available on the new satellite platform TopTV.
Clarke was thrilled to receive the Black Girls Rock “Shot Caller” Award. The citation notes Clarke’s J.D., MBA and BA degrees from Harvard University, her launching Africa.com to change the way the world sees Africa, as well as Clarke’s providing scholarship opportunities to South African students through the non-profit which she founded a decade ago, the Student Sponsorship Progamme. ( http://www.ssp.org.za )
In her formal remarks, Clarke looked forward to the year 2040, when she plans to attend the 30th Anniversary of Black Girls Rock! to celebrate those girls who were inspired by the 2010 honorees.
Said Clarke: “You will be honored for being a black woman governor of one of these 50 United States; you will be the first black woman to have won the Nobel Prize in Economics; you will be the black woman whose investment advice moves entire stock markets; you will be the black woman whose research found a cure for AIDS; you will be the black woman who created the technology we can’t even imagine now, but will become the successor to the internet – a technology that will have a profound impact on everyone in the world, each and every day.”
She concluded by saying: “I accept this award on your behalf, black girls around the world, and can not wait to honor you for your ground breaking and mind blowing achievements.”
About Africa.com: Africa.com is the fastest growing Africa-related internet site. Its mission is to change the way the world sees Africa and to be the online portal for the world’s engagement with Africa. Visitors have access to financial, political and cultural news, maps, information about world-wide events and non-profit organizations related to Africa as well as views from opinion-leaders. Users will soon have the benefit of Safari Wizard, a customized and personalized search function to help them find just the right safari.