Being a mother and raising daughters is a universal experience that women share. Whether celebrity mom gracing stages and screens around the world, or a stay-at-home mother fulfilling the duties of a homemaker, women and girls alike all benefit from the positive words, encouraging experiences and the lessons of others. Last night was the viewing of the Black Girls Rock! Awards Ceremony which was taped at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Prudential Hall in New Jersey.
Founded by Beverly Bond, Black Girls Rock! is an annual award show founded by former DJ and model Beverly Bond, that honors and promotes Black women in different fields involving music, entertainment, medicine, entrepreneurship and visionary aspects. Last night at the 2019 Black Girls Rock! ceremony veteran actress and mom Angela Bassett (Avengers: Endgame, Mission: Impossible-Fallout, Black Panther, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Waiting To Exhale) was presented with an award, and her acceptance speech was inspirational and laced with gems of wisdom that all moms and daughters can gain great insight from.
Below, you will find 10 empowering quotes from Angela Bassett’s speech at this year’s Black Girls Rock! ceremony.
“There will be times when you will face insurmountable obstacles, but that’s when you dig deep down within your soul for the courage and fortitude to keep going—and never forget that despite life’s detours, you are destined for greatness.”
“It’s imperative that we support events that lift us up, that recognize our contributions, and that help us feel connectivity, allowing us to see one another—even when we don’t see ourselves.”
“When you show gratitude, you’re able to remember that you did not arrive at the place in your journey by yourself. You had help. You had support. You had guidance.”
“When you’re told you’re not good enough, you tell them not only am I good enough. I’m more than enough.”
“When they say, send her back home. You tell them, I am home. I am the foundation of what WE call home.”
“When they tell you that you’re angry or nasty, you tell them that they’re mistaken. This is me. This is me being resolute and standing firmly in my truth.”
“When they say, you’re not beautiful. You tell them that you are the descendant of royalty. You are a Queen.”
“When I decided as a teenager that acting would be my path, whether I recognized it or not—I was walking toward my purpose. As a young actress trying to make my way survival figured into the equation, but not so much that I was ever willing to compromise my integrity.”
“If God be for you, who can be against you.”
“Be persistent and win.”
Learn more about Black Girls Rock! here.