Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Rowland, Ledisi, Janelle Monae and Alice Smith rocked the stage at “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!” at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, NJ this weekend.
“BLACK GIRLS ROCK!” is a unique celebration of art, music, and expression, seen through the eyes of women everywhere and dedicated to promoting positive images of women of colour.
This year, “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!” celebrated the career and achievements of legendary singer Patti Labelle (Living Legend Award), hip-hop pioneer Queen Latifah (Rock Star Award), esteemed writer and producer Mara Brock Akil (Shot Caller Award), tennis icon and entrepreneur Venus Williams (Star Power Award), community organizer Ameena Matthews (Community Activist Award), ground-breaking ballet dancer Misty Copeland (Young, Gifted & Black Award), and children’s rights activist Marian Wright Edelman (Social Humanitarian Award).
“BLACK GIRLS ROCK!” commemorates the strengths, triumphs and talents of women from diverse fields, ranging from entertainment, to business and social activism. Presenters for the night included Grammy award winner Mariah Carey, actresses Nia Long, Tatyana Ali and La La Anthony, multi-talented musician and recording artist Marsha Ambrosius, TV broadcaster Soledad O’Brien and BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ founder Beverly Bond. The show was hosted by crowd favourites Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King.
BLACK GIRLS ROCK! will premiere on BET International on Tuesday 5 November at 22:00 CAT.by