Black Girls Will Rock! Again, August 20 on BET

by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

Good news:

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

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BET’s Black Girls Rock: A Celebration of Leadership, Sisterhood, and Self Love

When celebrity deejay, producer and philanthropist Beverly Bond founded Black Girls Rock, she wanted to promote a message she thought was missing in society: Black girls can rule the world.

“I started Black Girls Rock because I love us and I believe in us,” Bond said at the sixth annual celebration, which BET aired on Tuesday, April 5. “I want us to walk righteous in our spirit. Own your magic, walk in your purpose, rock in your truth.”

Black Girls Rock is more than an awards show. It’s a way of life. That’s why the show honored women who prove there are many different ways to rock. From stars like Amandla Stenberg to the founders of Black Lives Matter, these winners embrace sisterhood and use their platform to invoke worldwide, positive change.

Actress and producer Tracee Ellis Ross returned to host the show for the sixth time. In a bold red cat-suit and braided wig, Ross performed a tribute to the musicians who inspire her—including her mother, Diana Ross.

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