Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King will reunite once again to co-host the third installment of BLACK GIRLS ROCK which premiers this November on BET.
BLACK GIRLS ROCK is known for its heartfelt performances, inspiring tributes, and special awards that are given to women of color to help them celebrate their remarkable achievements.
Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King hosted the special celebration in the past, and by popular demand the dynamic duo will be back at it again.
This year’s award show will take place inside the Loews Paradise Theatre in New York City and will house a variety of ground breaking, inspirational stars.
Grammy award winning soul singer Dionne Warwick will be receiving the Living Legend Award, Actress Kerry Washington will be getting her hands on the Star Power Award, and the show will even honor magazine editor and journalist Susan Taylor with the Inspiration Award.
Of course, with all her philanthropic efforts and support for the Obama campaign, Alicia Keys will also be honored at the show with the Rock Star Award while human rights activists and doctors Dr. Hawa Adbi and her daughters will walk away with the Social Humanitarian Award.
“It’s truly an honor to recognize our celebrants who have accomplishments in a wide variety of fields,” said Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials for BET. “Look for some very special performances from an array of genres.”
Hill made sure that he included some neo-soul performances to tie in with the many R&B singers who will take the stage at the awards show.
Alicia Keys, Brandy, Keyshia Cole, and India Arie are all schedule to sing their hearts out on the stage for the monumental event.
“BLACK GIRLS ROCK! is empowering, uplifting, fun… and perfect on BET,” Hill added.
The founder of BLACK GIRLS ROCK, Beverly Bond, expressed just how inspirational and vital such an awards show is to the African American community.
“This show has become an essential platform where dynamic women are honored and exalted for bringing the best of our cultural contributions to the forefront,” Bond said. “The BLACK GIRLS ROCK awards show on BET celebrates the nexus of achievements of women of color and showcase Black female excellence, to inspire and empower the next generation of leaders.”
The awards show is definitely a serious but fun event and the stars also took the opportunity to mix and mingle at the CHEVY Shot Caller’s Dinner at Espace NYC.
The BLACK GIRLS ROCK founder teamed up with CHEVY to put on the fun and lavish event where the stars were able to just kick back and have a good time.
R&B group SWV, Salt, and even Estelle were all dressed up for a night out with the ladies in New York.
A host of fun pictures hit Twitter and Instagram that were from the event including a snapshot of BET’s TJ Holmes with Estelle, Marvet Britto, and Alexis Welch.
Estelle also tweeted a picture of herself making a kissy face next to Ross who mimicked the silly facial expression.
The night wasn’t just full of inspiration people, it was all jam packed with some great, funky fashions.
Both Alice Smith and Michaela Angela Davis rocked some quirky glasses and Sofi Green, who just became the host of MTV’s “The Week in Jams,” showed off her blue-green hair which popped against her white and black ensemble.
Even Tracee had some fun with her outfit by pairing her long black dress with some brightly colored LuLu Frost jewelry.
As the night continued, representatives from CHEVY came together to present a $25,000 check to BLACK GIRLS ROCK which had the founder overwhelmed and in tears.
Bond took the time to reflect on the history of BGR which “began in 2006 as a t-shirt.”
She credited all of the organizations recent success to her thoughts and dreams and her determination to go after them.
The inspirational and powerful awards show will air internationally on Tuesday, November 13.