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Black Girls Rock: 2016 Awards to Honor Rihanna, Shonda Rhimes, Gladys Knight, Danai Gurira, Amandla Stenberg + Black Lives Matter Founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi

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BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” 2016 Will Tape Friday, April 1, 2016 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey

BET Networks and Beverly Bond, CEO, founder and Creator of BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™, are excited to announce the return of Tracee Ellis Ross as the host of BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™2016 and the star studded line up of celebrants which include Grammy® Award winner and multi-platinum selling artist, Rihanna (Rock Star Award), ShondaLand producer and writer Shonda Rhimes (Shot Caller Award), R&B legend Gladys Knight (Living Legend 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).

Rihanna attends the BRIT Awards 2016 at The O2 Arena on February 24, 2016 in London, England. (Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images Europe)
Luca Teuchmann/Getty

BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ acknowledges the achievements of African-American women who have broken barriers in the areas of art, music, philanthropy and community service.

This year’ BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ will tape on Friday, April 1, 2016 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ and the broadcast will premiere on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 8:00 P.M. ET/PT.

Rich Polk/Getty Images North America
Rich Polk/Getty Images North America

This year the dynamic BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ movement, founded by Beverly Bond, celebrates its 10 year anniversary and its sixth televised broadcast on BET Networks. The NAACP Award winning BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™on BET continues to represent a revolutionary landmark in media as it delivers edifying, entertaining and inspiring content honoring the nexus of achievements made by powerful Black women and girls.

Over the last ten 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 color 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.

The televised special, BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ on BET is a BET Networks and B.G.R. Enterprises Inc./BONDVISION MEDIA production. The executive producers are Beverly Bond, CEO, Founder and Creator of BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™, Stephen Hill, BET President of Programming, Connie Orlando, BET Senior Vice President of Specials, Music and News, and Jeannae Rouzan of Jesse Collins ENT.

For updates or more information about BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ™ visit http://www.BET.com/blackgirlsrock and www.blackgirlsrock.com.

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