Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Award-winning actress and everyone’s favorite cookie, Taraji P. Henson is slated to host this year’s “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” 

As previously reported, the show will tape next Saturday, August 5 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Prudential Hall in Newark, NJ and will premiere on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 8:00 P.M./ET on BET.

This year’s honorees include “Insecure” star Issa Rae (Star Power Award), actress and activist Yara Shahidi (Young Gifted and Black Award), GRAMMY Award-winning songstress Roberta Flack (Living Legend Award), Wall Street powerhouse and pioneer Suzanne Shank (Shot Caller Award) and Community organizers Derrica Wilson and Natalie Wilson of The Black & Missing Foundation (Community Change Agent Award).

“I’m honored to host the “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™”Awards.  I love the message and I love Beverly Bond and her vision. I was lucky to be honored in 2011. It is truly a highlight of my life.  Now I’m back to be part of this amazing night to honor the strong and powerful Yara, Issa Rae, Roberta, Suzanne, Derrica and Natalie. Let’s make history together as we come together as women of brains, beauty and in support of each other,” said Henson.

Created by celebrity DJ and women’s empowerment advocate Beverly Bond, the “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” 2017 Awards honors the groundbreaking achievements of Black women who have fearlessly broken barriers in the areas of art, business, entertainment and community service.

Look for Henson to also star in the upcoming dramas—“Proud Mary” and “Best of Enemies.”

Stay tuned…

Photo Credit: BET