Black Girls Rock! 2015 aired April 5th on BET hosted by actresses Regina King and Tracee Ellis Ross. The show kicked off with an incredible performance by percussionist Sheila E. and it was nonstop star power. Ciara, Estelle, Faith Evans, Fantaisa, Jill Scott, Lalah Hathaway, Alicia Myers, Cheryl and Kathy Sledge were other performers who graced the stage.
This year’s honorees were Selma Director Ava Duvernay (Shot Caller), Actress Cicely Tyson (Living Legend), Recording Artist Erykah Badu (Rock Star), Dr. Helene Gayle (Social Humanitarian), Actress/Producer Jada Pinkett Smith (Star Power) and Brooklyn Principal Nadia Lopez (Change Agent).
While there were a number of special moments during the show like the Will and Jada Kiss, Regina with the Afro or Fantasia singing Mary Don’t You Weep with the choir, none were more powerful than the First Lady Of The United States Michelle Obama on stage with the M.A.D. Girls Kaya Thomas, Chental-Song Bembry and Gabrielle Jordan. The First Lady, who was in the building for the whole show, said she was proud of the M.A.D. Girls. A moment the M.A.D. Girls will carry with them throughout their journey.