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Last night every African American woman’s eyes should have been glued to BET as they showed the second annual, “Black Girls Rock” award show honoring influential black women in our community. Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King, the I was truly inspired by the show and I’m sure it was to women and young girls who had the opportunity to watch it. Not only did it give Black women a sense of hope and pride, it also gave us an inspiration to get out there and be great and change the world!

Originally taped October 15 in the Bronx, NY, “Black Girls Rock” introduced us to songstress Elle Varner and featured performances from legends such as Mary Mary, Mary j Blige, Estelle many more.

Here is a list of the top five moments from last night’s “Black Girls Rock”.

1. Erykah Badu’s opening performance of “Appletree”. She absolutely ROCKED IT! Everything was on point: her vocals, her outfit, her beatboxing, her live band… EVERYTHING! I’ve probably watched it about 5 times since the show first aired! In case you missed it, check it out right here!

2. Angela Davis’ acceptance speech. She is truly an “icon” and definitely deserved to win the BGR “Icon” Award. Her speech was so amazing because not only did she accept the award on behalf of herself, but on behalf of all black girls who are making a difference in the community and who.. well.. rock! She also touched on how the prison system has affected our communities and looking for ways to improve education, health care, jobs and freedom. She’s awesome!

3. Taraji P Henson’s “star power” award acceptance speech. With tears in her eyes, Taraji gave a heart warming speech as she accepted her “star power” award. She stated, “If I never walk away with another award, this one means more to me than anything!” That comment right there was enough to bring tears to my eyes! She touched on the importance of black women supporting each other and bring each other up! Taraji, you certainly do rock!

4. Ruby Bridges telling us why she rocks! I’m sure everyone has read about Ruby Bridges during Black History Month, but to hear her tell her story on television was mind-blowing. As one of the first African Americans to integrate the public school system in the 60s, she is such an inspiration to us all. Her bravery was unlike any other and she paved the way for so many of us to receive the education that we have today. Thank you Ruby!

5. The show closed with a salute to the honorees from Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King as well as the closing performance from my girl, Mary J Blige. I think this moment really summed up the night, and showed everyone exactly why Black girls rock. Closing the show with Mary gave us a feeling of excitement, and sealed the deal on our achievements! Take a look at the performance here!

What were some of your favorite moments from last night’s show?

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