Check out the latest interview in The BVX’s Black Future Series. In this piece I interviewed Angela & Vanessa Simmons. They reflect on the legacy of Black History and tell us about the launch of their OWN production company called SIMMONS TWO.
Identify your role in your field.
Vanessa: I’m learning and taking notes and trying my best today. I’m up and coming and I’m looking forward to breaking down some more barriers and hopefully creating more opportunities for people like myself.
Me and Angela we started our own production company, Simmons Two, so we plan on bringing you guys some good quality programming soon from film, to tv to web content. I’m completing my screen play with one of my best friends from college and just creating opportunities is what its all about. You have to get out there, you can’t wait for other people to get things done, sometimes you have to do it yourself. You might not know where the funding will come from or any of that stuff but you just have to create and do. Do some of the things you want to see done, be the change that you want to see in the world.
Do you think that the work you are doing now is leading to creating a legacy?
Angela: My sister and I we are working on an empire. I would hope to leave a legacy because there’s so much I want to do and so many people I want to help. I know that the work I want to do isn’t normal, and if I can impact a large group of people there’s definitely a legacy behind it and there’s something special there and something to teach and something to show. [I see a connection with ground breaking women like Madame CJ Walker] because she did exactly what my sister and I did. But she was the first to do it. She actually laid the road that made it possible for us today to make these choices.
In the words of DJ Beverly Bond, founder of BGR, “Instead of being defined…we’re defining ourselves.” Indeed that statement held true on the night of the Black Girls Rock awards show, which will be perhaps one of the best awards shows to air on BET.
I was lucky enough to get tickets at the last minute to attend the 5th annual Black Girls Rock event hosted by Nia Long on Saturday, October 16th at the Paradise Theater. This year also marked the first year the awards will air on television. It’s set to debut on BET on November 7th.
The awards served to honor not only successful women, but positive role models, that exist both in front of and behind the camera. Among those honored included Missy Elliott, Ruby Dee, Raven Simone, Keke Palmer, Iyanla Vanzant and General Marcelite J Harris. Even beyond those who were honored on stage that night, there were inspirational accomplished women sprinkled throughout the audience as well.
The performances truly served to set the mood of the evening with a fabulous line up including…
…Jill Scott, Keri Hilson, Keyshia Cole, Ledisi, Marsha Ambrosius, Monica, Keri Hilson, VV Brown, Shontelle, Fantasia, Kelly Price and more. The highlight of the evening was none other than the moment when Fantasia, Kelly Price, Jill Scott and Marsha Ambrosius all took to the stage with a rendition of “I’m Every Woman.” That moment had everyone on their feet enveloped in the power that exists in being a woman. One other unforgettable performance was the emotionally charged performance of “4 Women” sung by Jill Scott, Kelly Price, Ledisi and Marsha Ambrosius.
You can tune in to BET on November 7th to catch the broadcast of this powerful and inspirational night of black women celebrating each other. But, beyond the awards show, Black Girls Rock is a movement and an organization. You can find out more by visiting http://www.blackgirlsrockinc.com/.
Musicians and event organizers in Brooklyn came together to bring awareness about a new energy company called Green Mountain Energy. The company emphasizes it’s use of clean pollution free energy and spread the word through grass roots efforts around the city.