NEW YORK, NY – March 10, 2015 — BET Networks, in partnership with Beverly Bond, Creator/Executive Producer, CEO and Founder of BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ are happy to announce that Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King will return to the stage as co-hosts of “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” for the fourth time. The televised primetime special celebrates its fifth year honoring the triumphs of inspirational African-American women who are trailblazers in the areas of art, philanthropy, sports, and community service. This year, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center located in downtown Newark, NJ, welcomes back “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” for a second year. Tune in to watch “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 7 pm/ET.
“I am so excited to share the stage again with my good friend, Regina, to recognize incredible Black women. Powerhouses Debra Lee, CEO and Chairman of BET Networks and Beverly Bond, CEO of ‘Black Girls Rock! ™’ are true examples of Black Girls who Rock. I am proud to once again be part of such a wonderful night celebrating the beauty, the talents and accomplishments of black women – it will be a show to remember!” – Tracee Ellis Ross
“It’s wonderful to be back co-hosting ‘BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ™’ with my dear friend Tracee and working alongside all my friends at BET and BGR,” states Regina King. “I am looking forward to a heartwarming, electrifying, star-studded evening, with lots of surprises sprinkled throughout the show. It’s always a rewarding experience for me and the fans,” elaborates King.
“BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” nationally broadcasted its televised debut on BET in 2010. Going into its fifth year on TV, the dynamic award show continues to represent a revolutionary landmark in media, diverging from traditional award shows by honoring powerful women through didactic, entertaining, and inspiring content. “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” will air on BET Networks this year for the first time since 2013 and will premiere on BET in the UK on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 9pm BST (check local listings).
The 2013 honorees included: Misty Copeland (Young, Gifted, and Black Award), Ameena Matthews (Community Activist Award), Mara Brock-Akil (Shot Caller Award), Queen Latifah (Rock Star Award), Venus Williams (Star Power Award), Patti Labelle (Living Legend Award), and Marian Wright Edelman (Social Humanitarian Award).
The televised special, “BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ™” 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, President of Programming, and Connie Orlando, Senior Vice President of Specials, Music and News, and Jane Munn.
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ABOUT BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™:
Founded by celebrity DJ and philanthropist, Beverly Bond, BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ is a multifaceted movement dedicated to shifting the culture of media images and empowering women and girls. BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, that has been committed to enriching girls through leadership, education, and positive identity development programs since 2006. BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ Inc. builds the self-esteem and self-worth of young women of color by changing their outlook on life, broadening their horizons and providing tools for self-empowerment and efficacy. For additional information on BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™, visit http://www.blackgirlsrock.org