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June 18th – The Black Girls Rock! 15-Year Anniversary Fundraising Gala

Chaka Khan To Headline The Black Girls Rock! 15-Year Anniversary Fundraising Gala Streaming On The Newly Launched BGR!TV Network On June 18

The Star-Studded Event is Hosted By Iconic Rapper MC Lyte and Esteemed Actress Tatyana Ali With Powerhouse Performances By GRAMMY Nominated Artists Alice Smith, Maimouna (MuMu Fresh) Youssef; GRAMMY Award Winning Gospel Artist Tasha Cobbs Leonard,Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Phil Collen of Def Leppard, DC’s All-Woman Go-Go Band Bela Dona and More

Purchase Gala Tickets Now To Celebrate 15 Years of Trailblazing with BLACK GIRLS ROCK!

NEW YORK, NY (May 2021) — Beverly Bond, founder and CEO of the award-winning empowerment brand BLACK GIRLS ROCK!® announces the BGR! 15-Year Anniversary Fundraising Gala, streaming June 18 on the newly launched BGR!TV Network. The virtual gala, powered byMicrosoft, will be an illustrious celebration of Black Girl Magic featuring phenomenal musical performances by the iconic Queen of Funk Chaka Khan, and GRAMMY® nominated virtuosos Alice Smith and Maimouna Youssef aka MuMu Fresh; DC’s all-woman go-go band Bela Dona; GRAMMY Award winning gospel singer Tasha Cobbs Leonard; celebrity DJ Aktive; and an exclusive collaboration with Chaka Khan and Def Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen. The event will be hosted by esteemed actress Tatyana Ali and hip-hop icon MC Lyte, with appearances by acclaimed actor Wood Harris, GRAMMY® Award winning artist Estelle, and more.

“Fifteen years ago, I created BLACK GIRLS ROCK!® to honor Black women and to counter societal norms that too often marginalize our voices, images, and contributions,” said Beverly Bond. “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!® triggered a seismic paradigm shift that exponentially elevated the stories, leadership, accomplishments, and inclusion of women of color. I am humbled by the tremendous global impact this movement has made in the lives of millions of women and girls. After fifteen years of advocating for Black women’s visibility and power, it’s a fitting evolution to launch our own OTT network, BGR!TV. Owning our narrative whilst fostering Black economic empowerment and equity is critical for our liberation. As the proud owner of this new media platform I’m now able to scale my efforts to create content that reflects our audience and provide more opportunities for content creators and storytellers. I’m grateful toMicrosoft for leading by example in its support of Black women-owned businesses. Their sponsorship of this year’s fundraising gala is a testament to how allyship looks in action. Our 15-year Anniversary Fundraising Gala is headlined by the incomparable Chaka Khan and many other amazing artists will be joining us to punctuate this momentous milestone.” 

Chaka Khan said, “It is an honor to support Beverly Bond and this amazing organization and movement that she has built. I am so excited to headline BLACK GIRLS ROCK!’s 15-Year Anniversary Fundraising Gala during the launch of BGR!TV, which will continue to be an inspiration to all generations, lifting legends, and making sure that Black women’s enormous contributions to society are acknowledged.”

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As part of a multi-year strategic partnership with BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, Microsoft is also extending fundraising support through Give with Bing, an initiative with the Microsoft Rewards program. Through Give with Bing, fans and followers of BLACK GIRLS ROCK! can earn Microsoft Rewards points by searching on Microsoft Bing. These points can then be donated to BLACK GIRLS ROCK! via Give with Bing. And it doesn’t stop with that—all funds raised for BLACK GIRLS ROCK! through Microsoft Rewards will be matched through June 30, 2021. Start donating here: give.com/bgr.

“We’re excited to partner with BLACK GIRLS ROCK! to present their 15-year Anniversary Fundraising Gala, and to support their direct service and advocacy initiatives by enabling donations through our Give with Bing program,” said Jodi Ribas, Corporate Vice-President at Microsoft Bing. “Supporters can also make monthly donations to BLACK GIRLS ROCK! using their Microsoft Rewards points, simply by searching on Bing.”

The BGR! 15-Year Anniversary Fundraising Gala will benefit the advocacy and philanthropic work thatBLACK GIRLS ROCK! continues to pioneer via its 501(c)(3) programs and initiatives. Tickets for the virtual gala can be purchased online at www.blackgirlsrock.com.

 

ABOUT BGR!TV™ NETWORK (BGR!TV) – Where The Magic Lives

The BGR!TV NETWORK (BGR!TV) is a streaming platform created to provide content catering to women of color across the globe. The robust BGR!TV Network produces cross-generational and multicultural programs to entertain, empower and elevate women’s voices and images. The BGR!TVstreaming app will include original content, scripted, non-scripted, variety, music, specials, sketch-comedy, documentaries, short form content, concerts, workshops, summits, panels, performances, masterclasses and more. BGR!TV is powered by Envoi.cloud.

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ABOUT BLACK GIRLS ROCK!®

BLACK GIRLS ROCK!® (BGR!) is a global women’s empowerment movement and multifaceted media, entertainment, philanthropic and lifestyle brand, dedicated to inspiring, and celebrating women and girls of color. The annual BLACK GIRLS ROCK® Awards is the biggest celebration of the nexus of achievements of exemplary women of color who break boundaries, blaze trails, and set trends across sectors. BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc., the 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity of the brand, is devoted to the healthy positive identity development of young women and girls by providing programs that support critical thinking, leadership development, sisterhood, innovation, civic engagement and career exposure. For additional information on BLACK GIRLS ROCK!®, visit http://www.blackgirlsrock.com.

For press requests please contact BLACK GIRLS ROCK!®

James Rainis — jrainis@shorefire.com

Jennifer Valentin — jvalentin@shorefire.com

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