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Black Girls Rock 2016 Rihanna, Gladys Knight, Shonda Rhimes, others to be honoured

BLACK GIRLS ROCK!  acknowledges the achievements of women of colour who have broken barriers in the areas of art, music, philanthropy and community service. This year’s spectacular, hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, will premiere across Africa on BET (DStv channel 129) on Saturday 9 April on at 20:00 CAT.

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BET (DStv channel 129) and Beverley Bond, founder and creator of “Black Girls Rock” revealed that eight-time Grammy® Award winner and multi-platinum selling artist Rihanna will receive the Rock Star Award at this year’s BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards. The chart topping singer, executive producer, fashion designer, actress, astute business entrepreneur and philanthropist will help illuminate the triumphs of brilliant Black women in an extraordinary night celebrating “Black Girl Magic”.

BLACK GIRLS ROCK!  acknowledges the achievements of women of colour who have broken barriers in the areas of art, music, philanthropy and community service. This year’s spectacular, hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, will premiere across Africa on BET (DStv channel 129) on Saturday 9 April on at 20:00 CAT.

Rihanna joins the star-studded line up of celebrants which include R&B legend Gladys Knight (Living Legend Award),ShondaLand producer and writer Shonda Rhimes (Shot Caller Award), The Walking Dead actress and Eclipsed playwrightDanai 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).

Commented Tracee Ellis Ross, "I am so proud to once again host "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!” What an incredible night celebrating Black women in a show dedicated to Black Girl Magic. I've proudly hosted this show since before it was televised, and it's been an honour to be connected to this show for so long.”

This year the dynamic "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!" movement celebrates its 10 year anniversary and its sixth televised broadcast on BET. The award-winning show continues to represent a revolutionary landmark in media as it delivers edifying, entertaining and inspiring content honouring the nexus of achievements made by powerful Black women and girls.

“Over the last ten years, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! has reaffirmed the spectrum of brilliance that Black women possess and has helped forge a cultural paradigm shift regarding the ways that Black women and girls are depicted in media," saidBeverly Bond. "I am proud that BLACK GIRLS ROCK! is at the forefront of a new women's empowerment movement inspiring women of colour to define ourselves, to own our magic, to share our truth, to elevate our own narratives, to celebrate our brilliance and resilience, and to love ourselves fiercely."

Tune into "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!" on BET (DStv channel 129) Saturday 9 April at 20:00 CAT.

For updates or more information about BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Please visit www.BET.com/blackgirlsrock andwww.blackgirlsrock.com.

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