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BLACK GIRLS ROCK RETURNS AUG. 2017

The ACTRESS, WRITER AND PRODUCER ISSA RAE, ACTRESS AND ACTIVIST YARA SHAHIDI, LEGENDARY SONGSTRESS ROBERTA FLACK, WALL STREET POWERHOUSE SUZANNE SHANK, BLACK AND MISSING FOUNDATION FOUNDERS DERRICA WILSON AND NATALIE WILSON AND MORE TO BE HONORED AT THIS YEAR’S “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” AWARDS ON BET

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“BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” 2017 PREMIERES SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2017 AT 8PM

NEW YORK, NY – July 18, 2017 – BET Networks and Beverly Bond, CEO, Founder and Creator of “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™”are excited to announce this year’s BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™Awards taping on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Prudential Hall in Newark, NJ. The broadcast will premiere on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 8:00 P.M. ET/PT on BET.

The 2017 BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ celebrants are “Insecure” creator, actress, writer and producer Issa Rae (Star Power Award), actress and activist Yara Shahidi (Young Gifted and Black Award), GRAMMY Award-winning songstress Roberta Flack (Living Legend Award), Wall Street powerhouse and pioneer Suzanne Shank (Shot Caller Award) and Community organizers Derrica Wilson and Natalie Wilson of The Black & Missing Foundation (Community Change Agent Award). Created by celebrity DJ and women’s empowerment advocate Beverly Bond, the 2017 “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” Awards honors the groundbreaking achievements of Black women who have fearlessly broken barriers in the areas of art, business, entertainment and community service.

The dynamic, three – time NAACP Award winning “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” on BET, celebrates women throughout the diaspora by shining a light on the accomplishments and successes of influential Black women and girls in a night honoring their beauty, brilliance and everlasting resilience.

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