BET’s Black Girls Rock: Kelly Rowland, Rihanna, Tracee Ellis Ross, Shonda Rhimes, Hillary Clinton, Eva Marcille, Monica [Photos]

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Last night, BET Networks filmed their annual “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” celebration.

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross

Actress Tracee Ellis Ross returned as the host and the star studded line up of celebrants which include ShondaLand producer and writer Shonda Rhimes (Shot Caller Award), R&B legend Gladys Knight (Living Legend Award), The Walking Dead actress and “Eclipsed” playwright Danai Gurira (Star Power Award), award-winning actress and activist Amandla Stenberg (Young Gifted and Black Award), and Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi (Community Change Agent Award).

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance, telling attendees:

There are still a lot of barriers holding back African Americans and black women in particular, so a gathering like this filled with so many powerful, strong women is a rebuke to every single one of those barriers.

BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ acknowledges the achievements of African-American women who have broken barriers in the areas of art, music, philanthropy and community service.

Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight

This year the dynamic “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” movement, founded by Beverly Bond, celebrates its 10 year anniversary and its sixth televised broadcast on BET Networks. Check out photos from the red carpet and inside the show.

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Shonda Rhimes

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Rihanna

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Kelly Rowland, Monica

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Amandla Stenberg

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Tatyana Ali

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Teyonah Parris

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Shonda Rhimes

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Beverly Bond, Gladys Knight

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Iyanla Vanzant

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Danai Gurira

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Ledisi

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Yara Shahidi

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Eva Marcille

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Erykah Badu

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Jazmine Sullivan


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This year’ BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ will broadcast on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 8:00 P.M. ET/PT. Photos: BET.com

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Authored by: Kellie Williams