Mon 04 Apr 2016, 12:00
BET (129) and Beverley Bond, founder and creator of Black Girls Rock, revealed that eight-time GRAMMY® Award winner and multi-platinum selling artist Rihanna will receive the Rock Star Award at this year’s BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards. The chart-topping singer, executive producer, fashion designer, actress, astute business entrepreneur and philanthropist will help illuminate the triumphs of brilliant black women in an extraordinary night celebrating “Black Girl Magic”.
BLACK GIRLS ROCK! acknowledges the achievements of women of colour who have broken barriers in the areas of art, music, philanthropy and community service. This year’s spectacular, hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, will premiere across Africa on BET (129) on Saturday 9 April at 20:00.
Rihanna joins the star-studded line-up of celebrants, which include R'n'B legend Gladys Knight (Living Legend Award), ShondaLand producer and writer Shonda Rhimes (Shot Caller Award), The Walking Dead actress and Eclipsed playwright Danai Gurira (Star Power Award), award-winning actress and activist Amandla Stenberg (Young Gifted and Black Award), and Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi (Community Change Agent Award).
Commented Tracee Ellis Ross: "I am so proud to once again host BLACK GIRLS ROCK! What an incredible night celebrating black women in a show dedicated to Black Girl Magic. I've proudly hosted this show since before it was televised, and it's been an honour to be connected to this show for so long.”
This year the dynamic BLACK GIRLS ROCK! movement celebrates its 10 year anniversary and its sixth televised broadcast on BET. The award-winning show continues to represent a revolutionary landmark in media as it delivers edifying, entertaining and inspiring content honouring the nexus of achievements made by powerful black women and girls.
“Over the last 10 years, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! has reaffirmed the spectrum of brilliance that black women possess and has helped forge a cultural paradigm shift regarding the ways that black women and girls are depicted in media," said Beverly Bond. "I am proud that BLACK GIRLS ROCK! is at the forefront of a new women's empowerment movement inspiring women of colour to define ourselves, to own our magic, to share our truth, to elevate our own narratives, to celebrate our brilliance and resilience, and to love ourselves fiercely."