This past weekend was a big one for award shows. The internet is ablaze with recaps from Saturday night’s Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, but a lesser talked about (yet equally important) award ceremony took place Sunday afternoon!
The 2015 Black Girls Rock! event aims empower young women of color by celebrating successful women “who have made outstanding contributions in their careers, and who stand as inspirational and positive role models in their communities.” Honorees at this year’s awards include actors Cicely Tyson and Jada Pinkett Smith, “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, and more!
Michelle Obama also spoke at the event, commenting on the importance of continued education and commenting on the self-doubt felt by many young women of color, saying that “no matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful.”
Black Girls Rock! is a “non-profit youth empowerment and mentoring organization established to promote the arts for young women of color, as well as to encourage dialogue and analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in the media.” The organization aims to enrich lives through mentorship, arts education, cultural exploration and public service.
Make sure to check out all of the performances, speeches, and general awesome-ness at Black Girls Rock! when it airs next Sunday April 5 on BET!