Veteran Hollywood actress Angela Bassett is a living legend.
Over the years, she has proven her value in the Black American movie world.
On August 25, she was given the highest honor at the 2019 Black Girls Rock Awards, which aired on BET Sunday.
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The ceremony, created by DJ Beverly Bond, is dedicated to the contributions and excellence of Black women and girls, a group that is often underpraised. But Angela Bassett received all the glory at the ceremony when her colleague and longtime friend Regina King, presented Bassett with the Icon Award.
Bassett accepted the award with an empowering message about how she found her purpose and remained steadfast in fulfilling it, even through adversity. She told the audience at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, that she knew from the time she was a teen that she wanted to be an actress. But even in the toughest times, she refused to take roles or do things that would compromise her integrity.
Watch her recently shared empowering acceptance speech below: