I’m going to upset a lot of people in this post, but I really had to get this out. There are going to be some things that I write that will hurt but most probably piss off some die-hard fans of Beyonce, Rhianna and others. And, before I continue, I’d like to say I’m sorry for upsetting those fans who like either women.
Millions of people tuned in Sunday night for an awe-inspiring, ground-breaking awards ceremony on BET called Black Girls Rock!–an ceremony that highlighted black women who have made a difference in various venues in the world. Among the people honored was Missy Elliot, Raven-Symoné and Iyanla Vanzant.
But better still were the performances by Jill Scott, VV Brown (a now personal favorite :)), Marsha Ambrosius and etc. They were awesome, beautiful and really showcase the talent and soul that Black women have. My FAVORITE performance was that of Jill Scott, Ledisi, Kelly Price and Marsha Ambrosius singing “Four Women.” You can find the video here.
So, that’s the nice part… lol
Most people have noticed that neither Beyonce or Rhianna. One comment I read expressed a fan’s frustration:
How sad that this show was to pay tribute to black women and the most powerful women of that group couldn’t even show up. It may have not been the Grammys but it was a show that deserved support from the black women who’ve earned MILLIONS from other black women watching the program
And this one:
….But They could have atleast asked Ciara to come and perform like WTF none of the hoes have even made an impact except monica the rest are just BLAH they are not international like other’s if you want to inspre black girls inspire them with Sucess not black women who flop left and right =/….
Umm..Yeah. And this is what our young Black women are saying, that selling records and earning money constitutes success and artistry.
Give me a BREAK!!!!!!
It is my personal opinion that the show is even better with Beyonce and Rhianna not having graced us with their narcissistic presence. I would rather see women who are very well-respected in their craft, who don’t have to use an auto tune and various other industry tricks, to sing to me. These are women whose music have soul, has rhythm, has the underlying something that makes me and others think that this is Black music. I want to hear women who can sing reality to me, who don’t have to dress scantily, show their behind and dye their hair crayon red or blond in order to sell records.
The women who performed are honored for their art…and that’s why they performed and that’s why Beyonce and Rhianna weren’t even there.
That night was not a night to hype up already over-hyped singer… I’m sorry “entertainers”… that don’t even sing Black Music, but appeals to a White audience. It was to show the many young girls in the audience that they’re special and can do anything they put their minds to.
And it also showed that fame and money isn’t the basis for success in this world. It is how many lives you touch genuinely in the world AND in your community.
So I end with this AWESOME comment:
It really sad that this wasn’t about how much grammy’s had been won… Ruby Dee didn’t sell any cd’s…. yet she help pave the way for a ot of our black actress, march and fought hard for some of the things that we enjoy today. I found it too be about inspiring young black girls that they too can be anything they want to be in life… Rihanna and Beyonce will probably be omitted from a lot of shows… It’s okay that a girl could want to become a singer but, there are other choices beside that. Being, Doctors, Lawyers, President, Governor, CEO of your own company ,rebounding from aids, to help in the fight. Keke Palmer spoke to young and up coming girls who may pursue a career in acting, showing that she chooses her parts where she will be proud… no nudity etc. Let’s remember that those who perform did great jobs but, the main focus where on the ones who had accomplish in life something’s that fifty years ago would have been impossibe!