‘Black Girls Rock’ out in D.C.

    DJ Beverly Bond and Melanie Fiona put the “jam” in jam session last Thursday during the latest Black Girls Rock! event.

    The Hard Rock Café in Washington, D.C., was filled with music, both live and recorded, last week when some of the hottest musicians and DJs gathered in musical harmony for the latest stop on the Black Girls Rock! and Soul Tour, presented by Chevy.

     
    One of the pioneers for “real” female DJs everywhere, Beverly first put her name on the map for being one of the very first female model-DJs (“I don’t just push buttons,” she said) learning both the art and the craft.

    Since 2006, she’s put her love of music and musicality to good use through her non-profit organization Black Girls Rock, described on the BGR website as a “mentoring organization for teenage girls of color.” The mindset behind organization led to the first Black Girls Rock awards program, held last year and broadcast on BET. Now with programs, a store and a popular, well-received cable special under her belt, it’s only natural that Beverly continue to expand her movement. Enter: Black Girls Rock and Soul Tour.

     

    "The reason I started the Black Girls Rock and Soul Tour, it’s been something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time," Beverly said. "I felt that a lot of our artists—just like a lot of our images—are sidelined and marginalized. And I felt that a lot of our women who are diverse in their music talents weren’t getting the kind of platform and recognition that they deserve."

     
    The tour began in Los Angeles in June, and made plans for stops in New York, Philadelphia, Houston and, of course, D.C., with different guest musicians and music-makers dropping in along the way. D.C.’s stop featured soulful songstress Melanie Fiona, along with singer/songwriter Avery*Sunshine and the very popular all-female go-go band, Be’la Dona.

    Guests who arrived on time were graced with Beverly’s spinning talents, as she stepped into the booth to entertain the crowd. Later on, though, as the performances winded down and event attendees strapped on their dancing shoes, DJ Spinderella took her turn at the turntable and kept the tunes coming.

    With all the support coming her way, in both the musical and patron communities, Beverly was very pleased with the success of the evening. "I think tonight was an incredible turnout," she said. 

     
    All of the proceeds from the tour go towards the Black Girls Rock program.

     

     

    —Ariana Gordon

     

     

     

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