Angela Bassett has been an inspiration to black women for decades, so it’s only fitting the Black Panther actress is being honored with the Icon Award at the 2019 Black Girls Rock ceremonies.
Created by DJ and entrepreneur Beverly Bond, Black Girls Rock is an award ceremony which aims to honor, acknowledge and celebrate the many contributions of black women.
The 61-year-old actress earned an Academy Award nomination for her brilliant portrayal of Tina Turner in the 1993 Brian Gibson film What’s Love Got To Do With It.
Black-Ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross was a previous Black Girls Rock host, however, this year’s mistress of ceremony is Claws and When They See Us actress Niecy Nash.
The star power award will go to If Beale Street Could Talk actress Regina King. Ciara will receive the rock star award, Debra Martin Chase will walk away with the shot-caller award and Grammy-award winner H.E.R. will receive the Young Gifted and Black award.
The Community Change Agent Award will go to the mothers of the movement, Sybrina Fulton, Geneva Reed-Veal, Gwen Carr, Lucy McBath, Maria Hamilton and Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley.
The 2019 Black Girls Rock Awards will air on BET September 8.