Several award shows aired over the weekend and we have an exciting roundup of what you might’ve missed. See a Destiny’s Child reunion at the Stellar Awards as well as First Lady Michelle Obama, Ciara, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and more at Black Girls Rock inside…
A few days ago We brought you red carpet pics from the fabulous 2015 Black Girls Rock event which was pretaped a few days ago at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The program aired last night on BET/Centric and we witnessed amazing and inspiration speeches from First Lady Michelle Obama, Black Girls Rock! Star Power Award honoree Jada Pinkett Smith and BGR founder Beverly Bond. There were also amazing performances from some of our YBF faves (check out the full playlist here) and we’ve rounded up a few for your enjoyment.
Beverly Bond on the “Black Girls Rock” mantra:
Jada Pinkett (shown above with Willow Smith and her mom Adrienne Jones) accepted the Black Girls Rock! Star Power Award during the broadcast. She received a rousing intro from her hubby Will Smith who joked that he learned she’d filed for divorce via TMZ. (It wasn’t true.)
They shared a long kiss and Jada’s speech included the line, “We are the women that marched from cotton fields into fields of medicine, politics, law, education, entertainment. We even found a way to march ourselves into the White House, as the first lady of the United States of America.”
During her presentation FLOTUS talked about growing up in Chicago and fighting against the odds. “Eventually, I learned that each of those doubts was like a little test. A challenge that either I could shrink away from or rise up to meet. And I decided to rise. I decided that I wasn’t bossy, I was confident and strong. I wasn’t loud, I was a young woman with something important to say. And when I looked into the mirror, I saw a tall and smart and beautiful black girl.”
Watch Michelle Obama recognize the M.A.D. Girls for their outstanding professional achievements
81-year-old actress Cicely Tyson shared words of wisdom during her acceptance speech for the Living Legend award.
Jill Scott sings “You Don’t Know”
Erykah Badu gets funky to “Soldier” and “Master Teacher”
Ciara’s sings “I Bet”
At the Stellar Awards….
A few days ago, we shared some exciting pics from the 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards in Las Vegas which featured a reunion of Destiny’s Child. The ceremony aired over the weekend and we witnessed the trio rekindle their flame for a performance of Michelle Williams’ single “Say Yes”, from Michelle’s fourth solo studio album Journey to Freedom. It was the trio’s first performance since Beyoncé’s Super Bowl XLVII halftime show in February 2013. During the broadcast, Michelle won her first Stellar Award for Video of the Year for “Say Yes.” Watch the full performance here:
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