"Women are often objectified, especially in entertainment," says HLN Breakthrough Woman Beverly Bond. "Those messages do take a toll. They hack away at our self-esteem in the most subliminal of ways."
In order to combat those messages, Bond started a mentoring program called "Black Girls Rock." Actually, she designed a T-shirt with those words on it ... but over the years, that shirt has become a full-fledged mentoring program.
Bond is a former model and an accomplished DJ. "I think it's important to tell ALL girls that they rock," she says. "I just think that black girls do not get the message." Black Girls Rock is a program that drives that message home through DJing and the arts.
For more information on Black Girls Rock, visit their website at blackgirlsrockinc.com. And if you know of a woman making a difference for her community, click over to the "Breakthrough Women" iReport assignment page and tell us about her! We may feature her on "Morning Express with Robin Meade."