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This year the
"BLACK GIRLS ROCK!"Awards
took place at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in downtown
Newark. Jersey girl and celebrant
Queen Latifah (Rock Star Award), received much love from her hometown audience. President and founder of the Children's Defense Fund, celebrant
Marian Wright Edelman (Social Humanitarian Award) shared the stage with Head Start alum and fellow honoree
Ameena Matthews (Community Activist Award).
Mariah Carey presented the iconic
Patti LaBelle with a Living Legend Award.
LaBelle's awesome vocal range and dynamic showmanship brought the crowd to their feet as she performed "You Are My Friend," with the American Ballet Theatre's sensational soloist
The ageless beauties from the cast of "Girlfriends,"
Jill Marie Jones, Golden Brooks, Persia White and
Tracee Ellis Ross, reunited to pay tribute to show creator and Shot Caller Award recipient
Mara Brock Akil. Tennis trailblazer and entrepreneur
Venus Williams (
Star Power Award celebrated by Chevy) received her award from
Skylar Digginsand past honoree
Keke Palmerpresented ground-breaking ballet dancer
Misty Copeland with this year's Young, Gifted & Black Award
. Each celebrant took to the stage and delivered spirited acceptance speeches that affirmed the importance of the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! movement.
BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ founder, creator and executive producer
Beverly Bond was welcomed with a standing ovation as she shared the mission of the organization and encouraged everyone to invest time, talent and resources in their respective community. Then, the always popular
"Making a Difference" a.k.a. "M.A.D. GIRLS,"Brooklyn Wright, Mary Pat Hector and Ty-Licia Hooker, were introduced by
Tatyana Ali. The young change agents were a reminder there is not an age requirement for community action and social responsibility.
The night also featured electrifying performances by
Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monae,Ledisi, Sevyn Streeter, Eve, Misty Copeland, Amber Rileyand
Alice Smithbacked by the
"BLACK GIRLS ROCK!" All-Star Band led by
All and all it's an amazing, not-to-be-missed day of television where black women and girls of all shades and from all walks of life are celebrated beginning with
Beverly Bond's appearance on
"T.D. JAKES PRESENTS: MIND, BODY & SOUL"on
Sunday, November 3 at
2pm.*"BLACK GIRLS ROCK!"will premiere on
BET Networks on
7pm* followed by an encore of the critically acclaimed movie
"BEING MARY JANE" created and executive produced by
Mara Brock Akil which airs at
9pm.* "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!"2013 will air on
Tuesday, November 5th at
8:00PM GMT on BET's international network in the UK and
Africa, reaching more than 17 million households in 50+ countries. Official sponsors of
"BLACK GIRLS ROCK!"2013 include Procter & Gamble, COVERGIRL and Chevrolet.
For updates on more information on
"BLACK GIRLS ROCK!"visit the official page at
http://www.BET.com/blackgirlsrock. Join the conversation on social media by logging on to BET's multiple social media platforms: - On Twitter by using hashtag: #BlackGirlsRock; follow us @BET - On Facebook by liking the fan page at facebook.com/BET - On Instagram @betnetworks.
For video sneak peeks and first looks of
"BEING MARY JANE" the series, visit the official page at BET.com/shows/being-mary-jane.html. Viewers can also find show updates on Facebook by liking the fan page at Facebook.com/BeingMaryJane. Also, join the conversation on Twitter by using hashtag #BeingMaryJane; follow the show for all updates & special surprises @BeingMaryJane. For more information about the show visit BET.com.
The televised special,
"BLACK GIRLS ROCK!" is a BET Networks and B.G.R. Enterprises Inc. production. The executive producers of
"BLACK GIRLS ROCK!"are
Beverly Bond, CEO, Founder and Creator of BLACK GIRLS ROCK™,
Stephen Hill, President Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks; and
Connie Orlando, VP Original Programming, BET Networks.
"BEING MARY JANE" is created and executive produced by
Mara Brock Akil (creator of GIRLFRIENDS and THE GAME; Writer of SPARKLE); executive produced and directed by
Salim Akil (Executive Producer of SPARKLE; Director of JUMPING THE BROOM). Union is accompanied by veteran actors
Richard Roundtree and
Margaret Avery and a stellar cast that includes
Robinne Lee and
*All times ET/PT