BGR!FEST

By March 3, 2019 Shows

THE KENNEDY CENTER AND BEVERLY BOND ANNOUNCE ANNOUNCE A COLLABORATION TO CO-PRODUCE BLACK GIRLS ROCK! FESTIVAL™ IN WASHINGTON, DC

Jazmine Sullivan, Maimouna Youssef (a.k.a. Mumu Fresh), MC Lyte, and more join BLACK GIRLS ROCK! founder Beverly Bond for the inaugural three-day music and empowerment festival launching on International Women’s Day on March 8

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Jazmine Sullivan, Maimouna Youssef (a.k.a. Mumu Fresh), MC Lyte, and more join BLACK GIRLS ROCK! founder Beverly Bond for the inaugural three-day music and empowerment festival launching on International Women’s Day

(WASHINGTON)— The Kennedy Center, BONDVISON Media, and BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ collaborate to co-produce the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Festival™ (BGR!FEST™), an immersive live experience designed to celebrate the music and culture of Black  women artists, thought leaders, and creatives. The three-day event will take place on International Women’s Day weekend, March 8–10.

“It’s a tremendous honor for us to collaborate with BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™—it serves as such an important platform for centering and elevating the stories of Black women and we are thrilled to launch this transformative project and future endeavors with BGR founder and visionary Beverly Bond. This particular program deepens our commitment to celebrating Black women and their contributions and role in shaping American culture.”– Simone Eccleston, Director of Hip Hop Culture and Contemporary Music at the Kennedy Center.

Celebrity DJ, CEO, and founder of BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, Beverly Bond, established BGR! FEST™ as a complementary platform to the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! brand to further its mission to create spaces for black women-centered content. The inaugural BGR!FEST™ will feature a variety of events and performances by groundbreaking women. Highlights include: BGR!FEST  Welcome Party (free to the public) featuring DJ’s MC Lyte and Beverly Bond; panel discussions and book talk with Beverly Bond and featured guests from her book BLACK GIRLS ROCK!: Owning Our Magic. Rocking Our Truth; and a culminating ROCK! LIKE A GIRL concert showcasing groundbreaking women who stretch the boundaries of musicianship, lyricism, and artistic expression. Grammy®–nominated singer Jazmine Sullivan will be joined by D.C.’s own emcee, vocalist, and rising star, Maimouna Youssef a.k.a Mumu Fresh, as well as other surprise guests.

“I am thrilled to be launching the BGR!FEST with the prestigious Kennedy Center, a true pillar of artistic excellence, and to expand the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! brand to the nation’s capital, home to one of the most vibrant communities of color in the country. This relationship furthers our mission to build platforms that advance black women’s contributions to the world, and highlight how women of color use art as a tool to drive feminist thought, personal empowerment, and civic engagement.”-Beverly Bond

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