Mistress of ceremony, Traci Ellis Ross
On April 5, 2016 BET aired the 10 anniversary celebration Black Girls Rock! and it was an event to behold. For anyone who is not familiar with this initiative I beg that you visit the website @ www.blackgirlsrockinc.com and get involved with this empowerment movement of sisterhood. The night shone bright with stars from television, film, and music but perhaps some of the most impressive starts of the night were the beautiful MAD girls (Maya Penn, Marley Diaz, and Haile Thomas) who are already trailblazing and making a difference in their communities, schools and homes. The night was filled with powerful performances including Jasmine Sullivan, Lauren Hill and Living Legend Award recipient Gladys Knight as well as eloquent and perfectly articulated inspirational speeches by Shonda Rhime, Hillary Clinton, and the dynamic Trio and founders of the #Black Lives Matter movement Alicia Garza, Opal Tomettti, and Patrisse Cullers.
The 2016 Honorees
Celebrating the beauty in Black culture and sisterhood is not a way of degrading or diminishing other cultures. It doesn't say to the White, Asian, Latino or Indian woman "I don't love you," it simply speaks to the world, "I love me and I'm worthy to be loved." And that's a good thing!
Black Girls Rock Musical Talents 2016
The talent for the night rivaled any top headliner concert with performance by Brandy doing a Broadway worthy musical number Beggin' and Pleadin', Andra Day's soul stirring Rise Up, Jazmine Sullivans's "love thy self" empowering song, Masterpiece, and the incomparable Gladys Knight slammed her classic Love Overboard.
Powerful performances by Lauryn Hill, Marsha Ambrosius, Imani Uzari and Corrine Bailey Rae were also praiseworthy.