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Black Girls Rock!

NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 26: Singer Ciara attends 2018 Black Girls Rock! at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)

All of your favorite Black celebrities and influencers gathered in Newark, New Jersey for the annual “Black Girls Rock” celebration. The awards, hosted by Queen Latifah, honored Mary J. Blige, esteemed choreographer, dancer and Artistic Director Emerita of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Judith Jamison, Naomi Campbell, Lena Waithe, and founder of the “Me Too” movement, Tarana Burke.

CEO and founder of “Black Girls Rock,” Beverly Bond, said this of the ceremony:

“Each year I’m humbled to gather and celebrate Black women’s excellence, intelligence and savoir-faire. This year we are honoring women who are the Queens of their respective industries and celebrating the memory of our forever Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who left us with classics and an example of how to take on life with resilience and grace. I am grateful to BET for helping to elevate the Black Girls Rock! mission and for being our partners in exalting the royalty of Black women and girl.”

The show will air September 9th at 8:00pm on BET, but until then, get into these photos.

Black Girls Rock!

NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 26: Symone Sanders attends 2018 Black Girls Rock! at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)

Black Girls Rock!

NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 26: Actress Kyla Pratt attends the Black Girls Rock! Red Carpet at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/FilmMagic)

Black Girls Rock!

NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 26: Angela Simmons attends the Black Girls Rock! Red Carpet at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/FilmMagic)

Black Girls Rock!

NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 26: Actress Storm Reid attends the Black Girls Rock! Red Carpet at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/FilmMagic)

Black Girls Rock!

NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 26: Singer-songwriter and Rock Star Award recipient Janet Jackson speaks on stage during the 2018 Black Girls Rock! at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)

Black Girls Rock!

NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 26: Tarana Burke attends the Black Girls Rock! Red Carpet at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/FilmMagic)

Black Girls Rock!

NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 26: Hip-hop artist Lil Mama speaks on stage during the 2018 Black Girls Rock! at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)

Black Girls Rock!

NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 26: Actress/singer and 2018 Black Girls Rock! host Queen Latifah speaks on stage during the 2018 Black Girls Rock! at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)

Black Girls Rock!

NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 26: Model and Black Girl Magic Award Award recipient Naomi Campbell speaks on stage during the 2018 Black Girls Rock! at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)

Black Girls Rock!

NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 26: Actress, screenwriter and Shot Caller Award recipient Lena Waithe speaks on stage during the 2018 Black Girls Rock! at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)

Black Girls Rock!

NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 26: Film director, producer, screenwriter Ava DuVernay speaks on stage during the 2018 Black Girls Rock! at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)

Black Girls Rock!

NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 26: Actress Naturi Naughton speaks on stage during the 2018 Black Girls Rock! at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)

Black Girls Rock!

NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 26: Actress Amandla Stenberg speaks on stage during the 2018 Black Girls Rock! at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)

Black Girls Rock!

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NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 26: Singer Mary J. Blige speaks on stage during the 2018 Black Girls Rock! at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)

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