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Black Girls Rock! Michelle Obama, Lola Ogunnaike, Janelle Monae, Ciara, Erykah Badu & More Attend BET’s Event

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Willow Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith

Willow Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith

BET’s Black Girls Rock held on Saturday night (March 28) at NJPAC Prudential Hall in Newark, New Jersey, and it was quite the event as a number of successful and inspiring black women came together for a worthy cause.

‘Black Girls Rock’ is a global women’s empowerment movement and a nonprofit mentoring organization and the event last night was attended by Michelle Obama, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Fantasia, Jill Scott, Ciara, Kat Graham, Ava DuVernay, Bridget Kelly, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jun Ambrose, Faith Evans, MC Lyte, Lil Mama, Willow Smith, Estelle, Debra Lee, Lola Ogunnaike and many more inspiring women.

The event was hosted by Hollywood actresses Regina King and Tracee Ellis Ross.

The ‘Black Girls Rock’ event will be shown on BET on Sunday, April 5, 2015.

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Red Carpet

Lola Ogunnaike

Lola Ogunnaike

Lola Ogunnaike

Lola Ogunnaike

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae

Ciara

Ciara

Jill Scott

Jill Scott

Willow Smith

Willow Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith

Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay

Lil Mama

Lil Mama

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross

Estelle

Estelle

Faith Evans

Faith Evans

Regina King

Regina King

Alicia Quarles

Alicia Quarles

June Ambrose

June Ambrose

MC Lyte

MC Lyte

Kat Graham

Kat Graham

Danielle Brooks

Danielle Brooks

Vicky Jeudy

Vicky Jeudy

Tatyana Ali

Tatyana Ali

Debra Lee

Debra Lee

Lalah Hathaway

Lalah Hathaway

Bridget Kelly

Bridget Kelly

GabiFresh

GabiFresh

Karen Civil

Karen Civil

Beverly Bond

Beverly Bond

Angelina Darrisaw

Angelina Darrisaw

Adrienne Banfield-Jones, Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, Will Smith

Adrienne Banfield-Jones, Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, Will Smith

Performances

Ciara

Ciara

Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu

Jill Scott

Jill Scott

Fantasia

Fantasia

Hosting Glam – Regina King & Tracee Ellis Ross

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Backstage & Audience

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

Will Smith

Will Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith

Willow Smith

Willow Smith

Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith & Willow Smith

Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith & Willow Smith

Will Smith, Michelle Obama

Will Smith, Michelle Obama

Helene Gayle, Erykah Badu, Nadia Lopez, Michelle Obama, Regina King, Tracee Ellis Ross, Beverly Bond, Debra Lee, Ava DuVernay & Cicely Tyson

Helene Gayle, Erykah Badu, Nadia Lopez, Michelle Obama, Regina King, Tracee Ellis Ross, Beverly Bond, Debra Lee, Ava DuVernay & Cicely Tyson

Erykah Badu & Willow Smith

Erykah Badu & Willow Smith

Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae & Carmen Ejogo

Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae & Carmen Ejogo

Carmen Ejogo

Carmen Ejogo

Estelle

Estelle

Ciara

Ciara

Faith Evans, Fantasia & Lalah Hathaway

Faith Evans, Fantasia & Lalah Hathaway

Kat Graham

Kat Graham

Erykah Badu & Janelle Monae

Erykah Badu & Janelle Monae

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Bennett Raglin/BET

31 Comments

  1. Babym

    March 29, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Black excellence! I love it!

  2. @edDREAMZ

    March 29, 2015 at 10:38 am

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    Willow is really becoming a beautifull lady and michalle didnt come with obama. Lolx… Janelle Monae and Carmen Ejogo the beauties of the event no doubt..
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

    • Marie Antoinette

      March 29, 2015 at 11:19 am

      @Ed…I see your improvement. Well done! Please keep it up.

    • Beeeee

      March 29, 2015 at 11:53 am

      Lmao

  3. Marie Antoinette

    March 29, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Black Girls Truly Rock!!! Fabulous Sistas!

  4. AZUKA

    March 29, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Willow Smith, Janelle Monae! <3

  5. NaijaPikin

    March 29, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    And have a look at where the 1st lady is sitting.

    If na our dame, she must be 1st row with all her possi blocking of at least 3 rows.

    • 'liya

      March 29, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      dead @ possi

  6. chi-e-z

    March 29, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Wait y’all MC LYTE still looks so good. Give me a room with MC Lyte, Erykah Badu, and the Roots and just be in heaven allday…

  7. Naked

    March 29, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Wow.. Jill Scott! What a figure.

  8. Naked

    March 29, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Must Ciara look biscuit bone all in the name of keeping fit? Egungun bogo.

    • frankteacher

      March 30, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Nothing wrong with that “biscuit bone”, if you can gerrit.

  9. gracearmyde

    March 29, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    I really love the Kat Graham look.. Nice colour, hair,makeup.. Nice everything.. n that Smile willow had kud v made Jonathan api.. a bit! #confusedMeToo

  10. dora

    March 29, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    They are good looking. Obama michelle is indeed a humble woman, not every first lady would sit on the same row with people. She is a model.

  11. Dimma

    March 29, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Beautiful people!

  12. Nicole

    March 29, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Janelle Monae’s hair is giving me life

  13. dimpled freak

    March 29, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Love me some Michelle, see the secret service quietly sitting behind

  14. Dazzy

    March 29, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Naija folks….so this is how you red carpet, Una see am?

  15. Missappleberry

    March 29, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    If it was “white girls rock” now, some black folks would have been screaming racist bullshit. Now its black, everyone is shinning teeth and poor white folks cant complain. Nice red carpet by the way.

  16. happy camper

    March 29, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    I missed it in the article … somebody explain why this whole event isn’t racist bigotry?

  17. Pat

    March 29, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Mc Lyte in the building!!! 🙂 oh! those days when female rappers were killing it (Yoyo, Mc Lyte, Patra, Queen latifah, Salt-n-pepa, Diana King). Regina king that suit though. Loving the natural hair styles on Janelle Monae, Jill Scott etc

  18. chika

    March 29, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    The event makes no sense to me,why don’t we celebrate white girls too? The event should be scrapped,

  19. miss esther

    March 30, 2015 at 12:44 am

    @Naked,dear ma or sir,women come in different body size and shape.i understand you can have a preference but u don’t bring down a body shape and uplift a d other and call it positive.some ppl are born that way.thanks ma or sir.

  20. Jane

    March 30, 2015 at 3:50 am

    To everyone here complaining about why “white girls” are not being celebrated, look at the red carpets of most major events for the past several decades, and realize that “white girls” and “white boys” have been celebrated widely for the longest. The reason minorities have had to create their own events and television networks is because they were shut out of mainstream events (which might as well have been coded as “whites only”) for so long. So take your “white tears” and go somewhere else.

  21. Avery Jarhman

    March 30, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Hi. I appreciate my president’s wife sharing positive, uplifting thoughts. However I would appreciate her more if Mrs. Obama addressed the REAL concerns many Americans girls have to deal with.

    That problem many children/teens/girls encounter is listening to women like Vivica Fox, Taraji Henson and Wendy Williams glorifying men and teens who write Rap and Hip Hop performance lyrics essentially characterizing their moms, sisters, grandmas and daughter as witches and bhores.

    Don’t believe me, watch a recent YT vid where American celebrities Williams and Henson proclaim their love for a man named PitBull who writes lyrics like this, Search; PitBull lyrics “305 Anthem”.

    Mrs. Obama you are telling girls to make intelligent choices while these same girls are being told by world famed superstars to admire emotionally damaged men who write lyrics disrespecting peaceful people in American communities.

    Mrs. Obama, PLEASE get tough and address the REAL issues affecting many people in ALL American communities!

    Thank you.

    #protect-kids-from-irresponsible-caregivers

  22. Beeeee

    March 30, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Some people must not understand the struggle that black females, especially entertainers have faced in America for decades…. which is why they can come to Bella Naija and complain about racism or bigotry….This is about “sisters” coming together and saying “well done sister, we see your efforts”….they do not only recognize “celebrities” by the way, they also recognize normal women living day to day and making a difference in their societies. Please research the history of Black Girls Rock so that you can make more informed decisions. I do not see anything racist about this. If the whites feel like, no one is stopping them from doing their own “White Girls Rock” , but it would be redundant because they “rock” every day.

  23. Beeeee

    March 30, 2015 at 11:43 am

    and why are the black men not screaming gender discrimination? Why are they not crying for Black Men Rock?? I applaud Beverly Bond for this initiative.

  24. gh_Mikie

    March 30, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Kat Graham looks like she is going through it!!!!
    pray for Kat y’all…

  25. b-west

    March 30, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    lola ogunaike be takin a cue from riri .. yaaay! gurrrrl that 50’s inspired dress looks tres fab on ya !yikesss!! liquid silver vibe ,much love .*in igbo accent* but nna mehn! on a more serious note u need to fire ya makeup artiste, she is lucifer in mortal flesh .
    This ain’t no camera faux pas -ur face & neck disparity , the visible glue on ur lashes ? haba?kai!! for bet ke ??!!! chaaaii
    Aside ya pwetty pwetty dress dat was ur life saver? ur face beat na hot hot mess mbok, it doesnt ‘werk’ for me prisss

  26. b-west

    March 30, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    janaelle is 1 of my biggest inspirations for returnin to my natural locks , she killed NO murderedddd the 9te! stunning ensemble gurrrrl..

    I swear down michelle O is truly a 1st lady within & without, when her hubby’s tenure is over -she’ll always be an amazon black woman (beauty & BRAINS ohhh plus fashion sense kwa) . stars dont fight to shine ! goshhh, see where shez seated! african nee 9ja prominent women take note ,dem no gumstay una yansh for front row for every event #side-eye.

    Abeg wetin regina hall wear #starightface even riri looks better dressed & covered these days. Abi na cougar tinz ?

    Willow is bloomin so gracefully like a flower at dawn! her parents a raising a queen! S/O to dat endless love btw jada & will. kai! i luv seeing black buddin couple standin strong in d west amidst turbulent divorce mania!
    Erykah! bia dat elixir of life u dey drink gimme small na ! choi!

  27. Ebony

    April 1, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Black girls rock!
    Michelle Obama looks amazing.

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