Black Girls Rock! Honors Somalian Humanitarians
Nobel Peace Prize winner and Somalia’s first female gynecologist, Dr. Hawa Abdi, and her daughters Dr. Deqo Mohamed and Dr. Amina Mohamed were honored for their humanitarian efforts. Their NGO, the Hawa Abdi Foundation, has been empowering women affected by civil war in their home country, providing free health care, food and education for two decades. They’ve also helped to put in place plans for sustainable agriculture and fixed engineering problems in the refugee camps. Dr. Abdi’s daughter, Deqo, accepted her award and invited Beverly Bond and the BGR team to take a trip to the African continent.
Black Men Rock!
For the last two BGR! award ceremonies, the boys have not been invited. Black women perhaps needed a forum where they alone could be honored. But on Sunday night, the first man stood on the BGR stage, and the ladies didn’t seem to mind at all. In fact, some even ran into the aisles screaming when they saw Idris Elba grab the spotlight on stage. “I’m thrilled to be here to pay tribute to your brilliance, beauty and fortitude,” said the Brit actor best known for his roles in The Wire and Luther. “We celebrate your swag, your sexy, your perseverance, your hustle, presence and power.”
He introduced Luke James, Eric Benet and Anthony Hamilton, who sang a spine-tingling rendition of “Wildflower,” a classic soul ballad from ’70s-era band New Birth. Just to remind you of the respective bona fides of the night’s male supporters, that’s the young singer of “I Want You,” the man who loves “Chocolate Legs” and the crooner who sang about doing right by “Charlene.” No doubt they’ll be invited back.