Legendary R&B singer Patti Labelle and artist, actress and talk show host Queen Latifah are among the group of black women to be recognized on the upcoming Black Girls Rock! awards show on BET. Labelle will receive the Living Legend Award while Latifah will garner the Rock Star plaque.
In addition, tennis star Venus Williams, writer and producer Mara Brock Akil, social activist Ameena Matthews, and children’s activist Marian Wright Edelman will also receive honors.
"Each of the women, whom we are celebrating this year, epitomize the champion’s spirit as applicable to their respective fields," says Founder Beverly Bond. "They are anchored by a fierce commitment to their craft or cause; they have shown the ability to navigate multiple sectors and industries successfully; and they are conscious about the role they play in enriching our society and culture. They absolutely Rock!"
Hosted again this year by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King, the show will tape on Saturday, October 26 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J and will air on BET on Sunday, November 3 at 7pm.
Black Girls Rock! is a nonprofit organization that mentors young black girls and works to fight negative images of black women in the media.