The day, Friday, led credence to the statement that a surprise CD by a major act had hit the street. I mean, there were precedents (Beyoncé, D’Angelo, Drake) for such occurrences, and for the named group, OutKast, it is timely, considering that a documentary film, “The Art of Organized Noize,” about the production trio Organized Noize, was recently released on Netflix. Organized Noize producers Rico Wade, Ray Murray and Sleepy Brown are credited with being the architects of Atlanta’s emergence into a musical powerhouse, so a companion piece of new material by the two entities seemed feasible. Unfortunately, the date the news broke kicked in: April 1, the day rumors and conjectures are given a pass if followed by the term “April fool.” The fun didn’t stop there, however. Following that news was the story that would provide a jolt of excitement to Black entertainment in general and music in particular. Reports read that not only was the flagship show of the network Black Entertainment Television to make its way back to the airwaves in a reboot called “106 & Park After Dark,” but also, in a return to its very roots, the hosts of the show were announced as Free and AJ. Adding to the excitement and giving validity to the statement was the source of the news. AJ Calloway, now a recognized correspondent at “Extra,” let the proverbial cat out of the bag himself via social media. On Instagram, he announced, “It’s happening!!! The OG’s of [BET’s ‘106 & Park’] are returning for a reboot of the show!!! Get ready world!!! 106 and Park After Dark is coming!!!! [Free & AJ Calloway] are back!!!”

A video later showed AJ with Destiny’s Child original Kelly Rowland, who co-signed, “I’m so excited! 106 & Park After Dark is coming!” Now with this one, confirmation would come soon enough as we were en route to a BET event. Not just an event, actually. Friday, April 1 marked the tape date of year 10 of the esteemed “Black Girls Rock!” award show at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J. The very necessary program is probably the only show of its kind that warrants support on the sheer magnitude of what it stands for. An excerpt of the Black Girls Rock! pledge by Dr. Iyanla Vanzant is emblematic as to why. It reads, “I am a Black girl. My life is important. I am the continuation of a history, legacy, tradition of powerful people. The lives of my foremothers now have meaning through me. I stand today because of who they are.”

This pledge ins‘t just empty words. This program is a year-round effort, with various programs and methods implemented to empower the present and future of young Black women. When it’s real like that, star power should take a back seat. For the most part it does, but when you have megastars and legends getting recognized, the focus can easily get blurred. The 2016 Black Girls Rock! honorees are as follows:

M.A.D. Girls Award: Marley Dias, founder of the #1000BlackGirlBooks book drive, an effort to find books that have characters that are relatable; Maya Penn, CEO of Maya Ideas, an eco-friendly clothing and accessories business; and Haile Thomas, founder and executive director of the Happy Organization, encouraging kids to engage in affordable nutrition education and cooking classes.

Rock Star Award: Rihanna

Living Legend award: Gladys Knight

Shot Callers Award: Shonda Rhimes

Young, Gifted and Black Award: Amandla Stenberg

Community Change Agent Award: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi (founders of Black Lives Matter)

Star Power Award: Danai Gurira

Congrats to you all.

Over and out. Holla next week. Til then, enjoy the nightlife.