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A true music connoisseur, Beverly Bond’s passion for music and her uncanny ability to read the crowd has solidified her as one of the premier DJ’s in the world. Over the last nine years, Ms. Bond, a former Wilhelmina model, has brought her versatile talents to the most exclusive events in the world with performances at the VH1 Fashion Rocks Awards, The ESPN X-Games, The U.S. Open, The NBA All Star Game, The American Music Awards and for a myriad celebrity clients including Prince, Alicia Keys, Sarah Jessica Parker, Erykah Badu, Diddy, Derrick Jeter, John Legend, Venus Williams, Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Z, Martha Stewart, and Michael Jordan.
An activist and philanthropist, Bond founded BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc., a non-profit youth empowerment mentoring organization established to empower young women of color through the arts. Bond also founded the annual Black Girls Rock! Awards which were created to celebrate the accomplishments of exceptional women of color who have made outstanding contributions in their careers and who stand as inspirational and positive role models in the community.
Beverly Bond's work as an activist and community leader has earned her a number of prestigious recognitions. Most recently Bond was honored by The United Way Young Leaders Council during their 2010 2nd Annual Red Carpet Soiree Which Spotlights Young Philanthropists. Bond was also acknowledged in EBONY magazine as one of the "2009 Ebony Power 150-The Most Influential Blacks In America" listing her amongst top African American leaders including President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Cornel West, Dr. William H.(Bill) Cosby Jr., TV writer/producer Shonda Rhimes, singer/actress Beyonce, music mogul Shawn (Jay-Z) Carter, actor Will Smith, CEO of BET Debra L. Lee and more. The Source Magazine also listed Bond amongst their 2009 Power Circle group of leaders in hip-hop.
Other recent accolades for Ms. Bond, include receiving the "2009 Agent of Change Award" at the "Obama: THAT ONE!" Pre-Inaugural Awards Gala in Washington DC; receiving "The 2009 Gold Rush Award" bestowed by Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation for her community work and for promoting youth Arts programs through BLACK GIRLS ROCK!. The Hip Hop Association recently honored Bond at the 2009 Womanhood Passage for making significant strides that have raised the bar of achievement for all women in Hip-Hop culture. Vibe Magazine named Bond a ‘Future Urban Icon’ and Love Heals, a leading foundation for AIDS education, recognized Bond’s presence as a community leader in 2006 and again in 2008 naming her one of New York’s Fifty Fabulous Females. Alicia Keys handpicked Bond to be featured in her 2008 American Music Award Tribute to Superwomen which also included Queen Latifah and Opera Singer Kathleen Battle. Bond is also a recipient of the Justo Mixtape Award for best female DJ.
With such diverse talents combined with an unparalleled and passionate devotion to music and to community, its little wonder that Ms. Bond has emerged as a force in music and a powerful and respected voice in the world.