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‘BlackGirlsRock’ to honor Roberta Flack, Issa Rae, Yara Shahidi & more!

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

“BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” is back!

The 2017 awards ceremony will tape on August 5 in the Prudential Hall of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and will broadcast on BET Sunday, August 20 at 8 p.m. EST. This year’s honorees include music icon Roberta Flack, who will be picking up the Living Legend Award along with the Star Power Award going to “Insecure” creator, actress, writer and producer Issa Rae.

“Black-ish” actress and activist Yara Shahidi will take home the Young Gifted and Black Award while Wall Street powerhouse and pioneer Suzanne Shank is this year’s Shot Caller Award recipient. Community Organizers Derrica Wilson and Natalie Wilson of The Black & Missing Foundation will receive the Community Change Agent Award.

“The BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ Awards continues to be instrumental in propelling  Black girl pride across the diaspora. Every year we are able to honor a cross section of dynamic women who represent a range of industries, genres and generations. This year’s cohort of honorees is another incredible example of Black women’s unparalleled contributions to the world. BLACK GIRLS ROCK!TM on BET has become an annual culmination of Black girl preeminence and is a beautiful salute to our glory.” says Beverly Bond, BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ CEO, Founder and Creator.

BET has not been confirmed who will be hosting this year’s show. In the past, it has been held down by award winning actresses Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King. RC will keep you posted as to who will be rocking the mic for this year’s show.

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Ray Cornelius is an entertainment news blogger and media personality. He is also the host of Jazz 91.9 WCLK's arts and entertainment show "UPFRONT." He lives in Atlanta.

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