“Obama: THAT ONE!”, presented by Lifestyle Communications and sponsored in part by HBO, announced today that Celebrity DJ and Founder of Black Girls Rock, Beverly Bond, will receive the 2009 “CHANGE” Award. This honor is presented to high-profile opinion-makers from the arts & entertainment, financial and political sectors that have been influential throughout the historic “Change” movement. The festivities will be held on Sunday, January 18 from 9:00pm – 1:00am at the Newseum, the world’s most interactive, state-of-the-art news museum. Hill Harper, actor, author, activist and Founder, Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, will also receive a “CHANGE” Award. Additional recipients to be announced.
Bond’s passion for music and uncanny ability to read the crowd has solidified her as one of the premier DJs in the world. Over the last six years, Bond, a former Wilhelmina model, has brought her versatile talents to the most exclusive events in the world with performances at the VH1 Fashion Awards, ESPN X-Games, US Open, and for myriad celebrity clients including Prince, Jay-Z, Diddy, Britney Spears, Martha Stewart, and Michael Jordan. Known as the “DJ’s favorite DJ” among her peers, Bonds musical knowledge spans innumerable genres. Bond has emerged as a prominent voice in hip-hop, having been recognized as one of the most influential DJs in the country.
A winner of the prestigious “Justo’s Mixtape Award” for “Best Female DJ,” Bond’s status as the only female member of the Heavy Hitter DJ collective (which includes DJ Enuff and Kanye West) gives her significant street credibility. Bond has performed on MTV’s Total Request Live and Direct Effect, BET’s “Rap City” and “106th & Park,” and been featured as the host/DJ for NBC’s “Weekend Vibe.” Most recently, Bond was chosen as Mercedes-Benz’s spokes-model as a voice of hip-hop in its current international campaign. In addition, Bond has toured with some of hip-hop’s biggest acts including Erykah Badu, Amerie, The Roots and Musiq Soulchild.
Her foundation, Black Girls Rock Inc., is a mentoring outreach program targeting “at-risk” teenage women of color. This charity was established to promote the arts and to encourage dialogue about the images of women in hip-hop music & culture, as well as promote analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in mainstream media.