Sunday night, BET aired ‘Black Girls Rock!’. For the third year in a row, Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King hosted the annual awards show. This year the show went down at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in downtown Newark. Jersey girl and celebrant Queen Latifah (Rock Star Award), received much love from her hometown audience. President and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, celebrant Marian Wright Edelman (Social Humanitarian Award) shared the stage with Head Start alum and fellow honoree Ameena Matthews (Community Activist Award). Mariah Carey presented the iconic Patti LaBelle with a Living Legend Award. LaBelle’s awesome vocal range and dynamic showmanship brought the crowd to their feet as she performed “You Are My Friend,” with the American Ballet Theatre’s sensational soloist Misty Copeland.
Ageless beauties from the cast of “Girlfriends,” Jill Marie Jones, Golden Brooks, Persia White and Tracee Ellis Ross, reunited to pay tribute to show creator and Shot Caller Award recipient Mara Brock Akil. The night also featured performances by Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monae, Ledisi, Sevyn Streeter, Eve, Misty Copeland, Amber Riley and Alice Smith backed by the “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!” All-Star Band led by Kim Burse. Check out the performances from last night below.