The 2018 BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ celebrants are multiple-award winning musician Janet Jackson (Rock Star Award); Academy Award®-nominated actress and GRAMMY® Award winning 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 advocateLena Waithe (Shot Caller Award); and founder of the groundbreaking ‘Me Too’ movement Tarana Burke (Community Change Agent Award).
BET (DStv channel 129) and Beverly Bond, CEO, founder and creator of BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ today announced that this year’s BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ will be broadcast on BET (DStv channel 129) on Thursday, 20 September 2018 at 20:00 CAT/ 19:00 WAT.
The dynamic, three-time NAACP Award winning “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” on BET celebrates women throughout the diaspora by shining a light on the many accomplishments and contributions of influential Black women and girls.
This year’s performers include Yolanda Adams, Tamia, H.E.R., Victory Boyd and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater’s Jacqueline Green. The 2018 BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ Awards will also feature special appearances by Ava DuVernay, Ciara, Misty Copeland, Naturi Naughton, Storm Reid and Niatia Kirkland. The 2018 BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ will honor the legendary ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin in a star-studded tribute fit for a Queen!
“Each year I’m humbled to gather and celebrate Black women’s excellence, intelligence and savoir-faire. This year we are honoring women who are the Queens of their respective industries and celebrating the memory of our forever Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who left us with classics and an example of how to take on life with resilience and grace. I am grateful to BET for helping to elevate the BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ mission and for being our partners in exalting the royalty of Black women and girls.”- BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ™ CEO, Founder and Creator Beverly Bond.
The 2018 Black Girls Rock Awards will be broadcast in association with Dawn on Thursday, 20 September 2018 at 20:00 CAT / 19:00 WAT.
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