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And 2011 Black Girls RocK! honoree and five-time BET Award-winner Taraji P. Henson will be in New Jersey to host the whole thing.
“I’m honored to host the Black Girls Rock! Awards,” said Henson. “I love the message and I love Beverly Bond and her vision. I was lucky to be honored in 2011. It is truly a highlight of my life. Let’s make history together as we come together as women of brains, beauty and in support of each other.”
The 2017 Black Girls Rock honorees are groundbreakers in art, business, entertainment and community service:
Star Power Award – “Insecure” creator, actress, writer and producer Issa Rae
Young Gifted and Black Award – actress and activist Yara Shahidi
Living Legend Award – Grammy Award-winning songstress Roberta Flack
Shot Caller Award – Wall Street powerhouse and pioneer Suzanne Shank
Community Change Agent Award – Community organizers Derrica Wilson and Natalie Wilson of The Black & Missing Foundation
This will be the 10th iteration of a showcase dedicated to celebrating the lives and achievements of exceptional black women. With past honorees that include Rihanna (2016), Venus Williams (2013), Alicia Keys (2012), Mary J. Blige (2009), and other bold females from across the athletic and entertainment spectrum, the Beverly Bond-created celebration acts as a de facto who’s who guide in the world of high-powered black women.
Last year’s rendition, hosted by six-time ringleader Tracee Ellis Ross, celebrated writer Shonda Rhimes, Walking Dead actress Danai Gurira, and Black Lives Matter founders Opal Tometi, Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors, among others.
The 2017 edition of Black Girls Rock! will air on Sunday, August 20 at 8 p.m. ET, after taping on Saturday, August 5 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Prudential Hall in Newark, New Jersey.
Can’t wait? Here’s a bit more about the history of the show: