A variety of female rappers will be on hand to celebrate the 2nd Annual Black Girls Rock! awards show, which celebrates black women.
World renowned DJ Beverly Bond founded the event, which recognizes exceptional women who have made significant contributions to their local communities.
This year’s co-hosts include Regina King and Gabrielle Union, while presenters include MC Lyte, Andre Harrell, KRS-One, Rihanna, Mya, Ashanti, Bad Boy Recording artist Cassie and more.
“We are proud and humbled to have such strong, beautiful and powerful women involved with this event,” said DJ Beverly Bond, Founder and President of BGR! “In light of the media’s constant focus on the negative depiction of Black women it is so very important that Black Girls Rock! takes the time to shine a much needed light on our Sheroes.”
Missy Elliott will be awarded the Creative Visionary Award, Philly’s own DJ Diamond Cuts earned the DJ Jazzy Joyce Award, record mogul Sylvia Rhone will receive the corporate award and male rapper Common earned the Soul Brother # 1 Award.
The evening will also feature a performance by rising African-American country singer Rissi Palmer, Jazz singer Jean Baylor (former member of Zhane) and J Records rising star Emily King.
The event takes place Saturday at 8:00 pm on October 6 in the Allen Room at Jazz at the Lincoln Center.
Sponsors include Queen Latifah’s CoverGirl Queen Collection, VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, bluhammock music, Jordan Brand, Akademiks, GIANT Magazine and METRO.
Black Girls Rock! Is a 501c3 nonprofit, youth empowerment mentoring organization established for young women of color.