Beverly Bond



Biography

A dynamo in true form, Beverly Bond, has blazed trails in the music, entertainment, and social entrepreneurship industries. Her body of work, across sectors, has made her one of the most celebrated DJs and social innovators of our time.
A true music connoisseur, Beverly Bond’s passion for music and her uncanny ability to read the crowd has solidified her as one of the premier DJs in the world. Over the last decade, Bond, a former Wilhelmina model, has brought her versatile talents to the most highly exclusive events and to myriad celebrity clients, including Prince, Alicia Keys, Sarah Jessica Parker, Erykah Badu, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Derek Jeter, Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Z, Martha Stewart, and others.
In 2006, Bond founded BLACK GIRLS ROCK! a youth empowerment mentoring organization. Bond simultaneously created the annual BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards to celebrate the accomplishments of exceptional women of color who have made outstanding contributions in their careers and stand as inspirational and positive role models in the community.
In 2010, Beverly Bond partnered with BET to share her BLACK GIRLS ROCK! vision with the rest of the world. As the creator and executive producer of the televised show, Bond crafted a program that was groundbreaking in its approach to exhibiting the breadth and depth of talent celebrated by women in the African Diaspora. The premiere of BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards on BET was magnanimous in regards to its motivational impact as well, drawing an impressive 2.7 million viewers and commanding the No. 1 spot on the chart for Black households. Adding to its success, the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards received an NAACP Image Award for outstanding Variety Series or Special.
Beverly’s work as a businesswoman, mentor, philanthropist and community leader has earned her a number of prestigious recognitions. Ebony magazine listed Bond amongst their “Power 100 list” from 2008 to 2012, making it five consecutive years that Bond was recognized as one of Ebony’s “Most Influential Blacks in America.” Bond was also recognized as one of Essence magazine’s “40 Fierce and Fabulous Women Who Are Changing the World,” placing her in the company of such notables as First Lady Michelle Obama, media mogul/philanthropist Oprah Winfrey, President of the Republic of Liberia Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, singer/actress Beyoncé, actress Queen Latifah, and others.
With such diverse talents combined with an unparalleled and passionate devotion to music and to community, it’s little wonder that Ms. Bond has emerged as a force in music and a powerful and respected voice in the world. Beverly Bond has created a niche for success, determined to make a difference in the lives she touches that stretches further than ordinary boundaries—a true testament to reaching for the stars.

Watch Past Performances

Video 4/5/2014: Black Girls Rock! Presents Rock! Like a Girl™ featuring MC Lyte, Jean Grae, Miri Ben-Ari, Ana Tijoux, Be’la Dona, Rapsody, and DJ Beverly Bond with a special appearance by Ms. Lauryn Hill

The multi-talented visionary, DJ, founder, and CEO of Black Girls Rock!, Beverly Bond collaborates with the Kennedy Center to present Rock Like a Girl, a signature Bond-Vision Media™ production that celebrates women’s contributions to the art and culture of hip-hop. The program includes performances by a diverse group of female artists from around the world, including legendary rap artist MC Lyte, critically acclaimed lyricist Jean Grae, Grammy Award–winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari, French Chilean MC Ana Tijoux, North Carolina MC Rapsody, a special appearance by the multi-talented Grammy Award–winning MC, singer, and song-writer Ms. Lauryn Hill, and other special guests! D.C.’s own all-girl go-go band, Be’la Dona, serves as the house band with DJ Beverly Bond on the ones-and-twos. Together, these women show what it means to “rock like a girl.” Please join us for a post-show discussion with artists, academics, and activists that encourages dialogue and analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in the media. Please note: This concert contains explicit language. A limited number of free tickets will be distributed two (2) per person in line on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the entrance to the Hall of Nations, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.

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