Black Girls Rock! Red Carpet

Posted on October 15, 2012

Is it us, or is that kind of a dumb name for a charity?

BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc. is 501(c)3 non-profit youth empowerment and mentoring organization established to promote the arts for young women of color, as well as to encourage dialogue and analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in the media.”

Okay, fine. Great cause. But are we the only ones who thought, “Really?” the first time they heard that? “ASIAN GIRLS ARE AWESOME!” Doesn’t that sound kind of dumb?

Anyway,  BET hosted an event for the group and the ladies did indeed rock their looks. It’s a sad fact of the red carpet world that events like the BET Awards or the Latin Grammys are not wall-to-wall designer dresses like their more mainstream counterparts. Our only conclusion is that dresses simply aren’t lent out to celebrity women of color with the same frequency as white celebrity women, so it’s nice to see these ladies sporting major names.

 

Ciara in Givenchy

 Well, that’s one way to deploy the ladypant. We’ll give her credit for going way off the beaten path, but it’s not quite a red carpet look, we’re thinking.

 

Eva Longoria in Dana Budeanu

 Girl, that is SO not your dress. It makes her look thicker and wider than she is. And the shoes do nothing for the look.

 

Gabrielle Union in Dolce&Gabbana

 Simple and pretty. We think she could have jazzed it up with better shoes, a colorful clutch and possibly even a contrasting belt, but she looks good.

 

Janelle Monae

 We love Janelle and we love her signature look, but we think it’s well past its expiration date. Even so, she looks good.

 

Kerry Washington in Marchesa

 It’s pretty, but we’re not loving the shape on her and it feels like it needs a little something to bring it up. Better shoes and hair, maybe.

 

La La Anthony in Balmain

That is one SERIOUS dress. To be honest, it’s not really our taste – as is the case generally with Balmain – but it suits her, and the color looks great on her. Again: we think some more interesting shoes could’ve sold it better, and possibly some black hose.

 

Taraji P. Henson in Diane von Furstenberg

 Someone finally wore an interesting pair of shoes but – and this all gonna make you yell at us for being too picky – we think they’re a bit too much for the dress. This is an instance where simple black pumps would’ve been a better choice.

 

Tracee Ellis Ross

 It’s a simple-to-the-point-of-boring gown, but the hair and the arm jewelry help to make the look.

 

 

[Photo Credit: Getty ]

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