Viacom Employee Sweepstakes Winner Georgiana Bell and Her Granddaughter Experience a Night of Black Girl Magic

Viacom employee Georgiana Bell got the chance to attend BET’s Black Girls Rock! 2017 live special, along with her 12-year old granddaughter Nasir. Her thrilling experience came courtesy of Viacom’s Employee Events & Programs department, which offers an employee sweepstakes for our tentpole award shows.

Congratulations! Can you tell us a bit about your role at Viacom?

I’m a Viacom receptionist as well as a freelance talent escort for many productions, award shows and other red carpet events. I’ve worked at Viacom for 24 years.

Were you familiar with Black Girls Rock!?

Yes. In past years I’ve watched the special and worked the event as an usher, but to enjoy it as an audience member is a totally different experience, one that was well-appreciated. The atmosphere was great from where we sat. It seemed as though everyone was engaged, attentive and enjoying what they were seeing!

Nasir at the ceremony:

Overall, what was the most thrilling part of this experience?

The guest of honor: 12-year-old Nasir enjoys the star-studded night. Photo courtesy of Georgiana Bell.

Being able to give my granddaughter the opportunity of not only getting to see some of the artists that she is fond of, but others that she may not have heard of, or only saw on TV or in the news…ordinary people who do extraordinary things. People that inspire and give hope. Women that look like her.

I was so happy that I could expose her to that experience that I had tears in my eyes.

What were some of your favorite moments about the show?

I loved watching Congresswoman Maxine Waters give her speech. My granddaughter’s favorite moment was watching “Rockstar” winner Solange take the stage for her award, and getting to tell her mom that she saw her favorite artist, Ne-Yo, in attendance.

And I loved Roberta Flack’s tribute, which took me back to the 70s and early 80s. Her duets with Donny Hathaway and her soundtracks from movies like Bustin Loose were especially phenomenal.

Taraji P. Henson was awesome, funny yet classy and her quick changes were on point. Tiffany Haddish is funny…her personality pops, and I love her!

Did you know much about the honorees before the ceremony, and if not, what did attending help you learn about them?

There were a couple honorees whose accomplishments I wasn’t aware of. I was proud to know that women of color did such great things, such as Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first U.S. Olympian to wear a hijab. Congratulations to them all.

Maxine Waters delivered an unforgettable speech. Image courtesy of BET and GIPHY.

How did you feel upon leaving the show?

I left there feeling proud of those being honored and recognized, proud of what my granddaughter got to witness in person, and feeling like I want to do more. I can’t wait to see what my granddaughter does with her life.

Why do you think Black Girls Rock! is important, as an organization and as a BET special? What does it say about BET that the network chooses to host the event?

Black Girls Rock! is important because it gives hope. Black women have always played an important role in our world and society, but until modern times they have not been recognized. BET is a VERY popular network and it is holding up its responsibility to create, produce and air such programming and specials that elevate these women and give them a voice.

BET is seen as the place that the young (and sometimes not so young) can go for information and entertainment that matters to them (and not for just people of color, but for others while having people of color in mind).

What does black girl magic mean to you?

That there’s always a woman of color just waiting for the opportunity to make her dreams a reality. We have brilliance, strong will and willingness to succeed if given the chance. Sometimes, we have to just take the change in order to make our dreams come true. But once we do, everyone takes notice.

Watch clips from the special on BET.com.

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