A bunch of beautiful YBF ladies were in attendance at the 2015 Black Girls Rock event held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center yesterday. And we have all of the fabulousness from Jill Scott, Tracee Ellis Ross, Janelle Monae, Jada Pinkett Smith, First Lady Michelle Obama and many more inside….
Last night, the 2015 Black Girls Rock event was held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. And it brought out many of our fave YBF ladies serving up their hottest looks and extra glam to celebrate women of color.
Singer/songwriter Jill Scott, who recently released visuals to her new track “You Don’t Know,” slayed the white carpet in a black-and-white jumpsuit accented with a bold color and colorful sandals. The With This Ring star brought her amazing fro to top off her perfectly put together look. Yes Jilly from Philly! We’re loving it.
“black•ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross (aka T Murda) worked the carpet in a high slit one-shoulder Bibhu Mohapatra Spring’15 gown topped off with a head full of curls. Gorge. Tracee returned to co-host the night of girl power alongside Regina King.
“Electric Lady” Janelle Monae sure has this black-and-white uniform look mastered. She kept it chic in a RVNNYC pre-Fall 2015 crop top and skirt, which she paired with Dsquared2 sandals and clutch. Slay Janelle!
New mom Ciara took a break from her motherly duties and filming for her new NBC show “I Can Do That!” to shut down the white carpet in sexy silk black gown. The new celebrity competition show, which also stars Marlon Wayans, premieres May 26th.
Returning co-host and star of “American Crime” Regina King turned heads in a shiny silver suit before hitting the stage for her hosting duties.
One of our fave YBF couples Will and Jada Pinkett Smith posed up for the cameras on the white carpet. Will has a new action-drama film in theaters now titled FOCUS.
Oscar nominated directress Ava DuVernay got red hot on the white carpet. She was one of the honorees of the night being recognized for all of her hard work and dedication in the film industry.
Black Girls Rock founder Beverly Bond and her husband Bazaar Royale hit the carpet before saluting some awesome black women in the industry.
YBF actress Tatyana Ali was tapped to conduct interviews for the post show. We’re feeling her black lace jumpsuit.
BET CEO Debra Lee was all smiles on the white carpet.
Celebrity stylist June Ambrose brought her adorable daughter Summer to witness all of the black girl power of the evening.
British singer Estelle, who has a new album titled True Romance out now, hit the carpet in an interesting look.
Songstress Bridget Kelly worked a strapless printed Cedric Charlier dress paired with strappy Pierre Hardy heels.
“Vampire Diaries” star Kat Graham served in all black rocking a strapless Barbara Bui top, asymmetric Anthony Vaccarello skirt and Christian Louboutins.
“Orange is the New Black” Danielle Brooks kept it cute in a black jumpsuit.
First Lady Michelle Obama took the stage, looking stunning in a white off-the-shoulder dress, to deliver a powerful speech before an audience of amazing black women and young girls about the power, beauty and perseverance of black women. She passionately said,
“No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful. I am so proud of you. My husband, your president, is so proud of you,” she added. “We have so much hope and dreams for you.”
“I know there are voices that you are not good enough. Each of those doubts was like a test that I either shrink away from or rise to meet. And I decided to rise.”
She also spoke on the importance of education and how knowledge can take you to places you’d never imagine. She said,
“There is nothing more important than being serious about your education and why I am able to stand here tonight. … I want every one of our black girls do to the same, and our black boys.”
Say it First Lady!
Iconic actress Cicely Tyson dressed in all white took the stage to accept her honor.
“Gotham” actress Jada Pinkett Smith was joined on her stage by her husband Will Smith who saluted his wife with a kiss after accepting her award.
Jill Scott rocked the stage with a musical selection, changing into beautiful teal gown.
Songstress Erykah Badu was one of the night’s honorees and she also hit the stage to perform.
R&B singer Fantasia brought down the house with a powerful performance.
CiCi also took the stage, changing into an all white ensemble, to perform.
The Smiths were all smiles backstage after Jada received her award.
And they shared many memorable moments in the audience:
Jada’s mom Adrienne Banfield-Jones, looking stunning, was also in the audience to celebrate her daughter’s accomplishments.
“Black Girls Rock!” will air Sunday, April 5th at 7/6c on BET.
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