Beverly Bond

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Beverly Bond (born December 19, 1970) is an American former Wilhemenia model, DJ, business woman, mentor, producer, writer and founder of Black Girls Rock!. Bond is best known for her organization, Black Girls Rock! which recognizes the success of African American women.[1]

Early life[edit]

Bond was born on December 19, 1970, in New York City, New York. Bond was raised by her mother, Mary Burroughs.

As a child, Bond lived in several homes throughout the state of Maryland.[2] Bond attended a different school every year of her childhood from kindergarten to tenth grade, and sometimes two schools in one year. Her mother collected music and told her about many genres of music, including hip-hop, and world beat, blues, jazz, soul, funk, and old school. Bond started to collect her own hip-hop records, and became a serious record collector.



At the age of seventeen, Bond moved to New York to pursue a modeling career. Her first agency was Elite New Faces, where because of her 5’9 frame she was booked for jobs that were mainly for athletic brands.

Bonds signed with Wilhelmina Models and was booked for campaigns and commercials for Diesel Jeans, Guess, Nike, and Nordstroms.[3]


In November 1999, Bond bought a set of turntables, with aspirations of using her extensive record collection to become a DJ. She started deejaying at local clubs in New York. As she secured more DJ work, she gradually stopped attending modelling auditions.

Bond spun and mixed for gatherings of high-profile celebrities like Prince, Jay-Z, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kimora Lee Simmons, Alicia Keys, Hugo Boss, Andre Harrell and Veronica Webb, and Playboy. She spun for singer D’Angelo's Voodoo album release party. She toured with Sunshine Anderson and Musiq Soulchild for the Courvoisier tour where she was the official DJ for Erykah Badu, The Roots, Amerie, and others.

Bond has also spun at The Glamour Fashion Awards, the VH1 Fashion Awards, ESPN's X-Games Awards, The CFDA Awards, the Chanel parties (during New York Fashion Week), and the NY Planet Hollywood opening. She has appeared on BET's Rap City “The Basement” and has also appeared as a celebrity DJ at Eileen Fords “Super Model of the World” contest in Puerto Rico.

In 2012 Bond was honored at the ASCAP 4th Annual Women Behind the Music gathering in New York.[4]

Read More: Beverly Bond Honored at ASCAP 4th Annual Women Behind the Music Series |

In 2013 Bond spun at New York nightclubs, and contributed regularly to Russell Simmons' OneWorld magazine and Essence.

Organization/Black Girls Rock Awards Show[edit]

Bond is the founder of the organization Black Girls Rock![5][6] This started out with a T-shirt imprint in 2006[1] and grew into a mentorship program for young women promoting self-worth and empowerment.[7][8]

In 2006 Bond created the BLACK GIRLS ROCK AWARDS. In 2010 she partnered with BET to broadcast the show on a national platform. Bond was the creator and executive producer of the show, which honors the accomplishments of women of color in categories that included acting, politics, music, and more.[9] The show also has entertainment throughout the night.[1][10][11] The premier garnered an impressive 2.7 million viewers, and the awards won an NAACP Image Award for outstanding Variety Series or Special in 2013 and 2014.[9][12] The show has now reached 10 million viewers annually, and In 2015 she has initiated an associated organization, "Black Girls Rock! Africa".[12]

At the 2016 awards show, Bond was thanked by Hillary Clinton for her promotion of black women.[13] In May Bond was presented with a Women Who Care award in New York.[14]


  1. ^ a b c Anderson, Stacy A. (2011)."Beverly Bond Aims to uplift Black Women With "Black Girls Rock" Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  2. ^ interview in the Verizon Insider Archived December 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine - more specific URL needed
  3. ^ "Beverly Bond". 14 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Beverly Bond Honored at ASCAP 4th Annual Women Behind the Music Series". The Boom Box, By Natelege Whaley October 17, 2012
  5. ^ (2011)."'Beverly Bond; TEACHING GIRLS THAT IMAGE ISN'T EVERYTHING."Jet Magazine Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  6. ^ "Beverly Bond Calls Hillary Clinton’s Outreach To Black Women ‘Sincere’". Huffington Post, 05/16/2016 Rahel Gebreyes
  7. ^ Goodson, David. (2011)."'Black Girls Rock,' trust and believe"New York Amsterdam News. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  8. ^ Pendleton, Tonya. (2011)."Beverly Bond Shows, Proves that Black Girls Rock" Archived March 31, 2013, at the Wayback Machine BLACKAMERICAWEB.COM. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  9. ^ a b "Beverly Bond". The Kennedy Center. The Kennedy Center. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  10. ^ Armstrong,Drenna.(2012). [( "TV Alert: Black Girls Rock! Awards On Tonight!"] Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  11. ^ "Meet Beverly Bond, A Black Girl Who Rocks". NBC News, Apr 6 2015, by Alex Titus
  12. ^ a b "Beverly Bond Biography". APB Speakers. American Program Bureau. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  13. ^ "". 04/06/2016 Lilly Workneh The Huffington Post
  14. ^ "Beverly Bond & More Among Honorees for 2016 Women Who Care Awards to Benefit United Cerebral Palsy of NY". Broadway World, May 16, 2016

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