Tonight (Apr. 5), BET will celebrate black woman trailblazers in television, music, film, education and philanthropy in their fifth telecast of Black Girls Rock! Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, Regina King, and including a special appearance from First Lady Michelle Obama, the organization will present honors to Jada Pinkett-Smith, Erykah Badu, Ava DuVernay, Nadia Lopez and Cicely Tyson. As avenues for success continue to widen for black women everywhere, King pointed out the significance of the event.
“It’s important for us to see that we can be so much more than what’s right in front of us, to broaden the scope,” she said. “And I think Black Girls Rock! does that. It exposes young girls to so much more.”
For Ross – who is a returning host along with King – the glitz, glamour and banter of the show are amusing, but informing young women serves as the paramount goal.
“This show is very fun, but what Beverly Bond and Black Girls Rock stands for as an organization is really what’s important to me,” she said on the carpet. “And I do love the aspect of this show, that we get to see a different side of all these women that we know things about. We get to hear about their humanitarian efforts, the services that they’ve done.”
VIBE took to the Black Girls Rock! red carpet at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center to ask the show’s attendees to name their favorite black girls who rock. Flip through as Janelle Monae, Karen Civil, Kat Graham and more give props to the likes of Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis and other black women who’ve served as their inspiration.