BET and BLACK GIRLS ROCK! honored unapologetically fearless women during the 12th annual BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards hosted by Queen Latifah. Celebrating women throughout the diaspora by shining a light on the many accomplishments and contributions of influential Black women and girls, this year’s empowering awards ceremony featured a touching tribute fit for the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin; and rousing performances including Yolanda Adams, Tamia, H.E.R., Victory Boyd and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater’s Jacqueline Green.
Celebrants included singer Mary J. Blige (Star Power Award); World renowned dancer/choreographer and Artistic Director Emerita of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Judith Jamison (Living Legend Award); International Supermodel and Philanthropist Naomi Campbell (Black Girl Magic Award); Emmy Award winning writer, creator, actress and dedicated LGBTQ advocate Lena Waithe (Shot Caller Award); and founder of the groundbreaking ‘Me Too’ movement Tarana Burke (Community Change Agent Award).
The BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards was created to celebrate the nexus of achievements of exemplary women of color who break boundaries, blaze trails, and set trends across sectors. Since 2006, the annual BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards has honored an outstanding range of accomplished and inspiring women across generations and genres and has been committed to empowering women through media and enriching girls through leadership, education, and positive identity development programs.
Don’t miss BET’s worldwide broadcast of the 2018 BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards on September 9th at 8PM.
By Kinya Claiborne, STYLE & SOCIETY