Superstar Taraji P. Henson takes on another job as the "Empire" star is set to host the "Black Girls Rock 2017 Awards, taping on Saturday, August 5, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's Prudential Hall in Newark, NJ and premiere on Sunday, August 20 on BET. "Black Girls Rock" honors the groundbreaking achievements of Black women who have fearlessly broken barriers in the areas of art, business, entertainment and community service.
This year, the three-time NAACP Award-winning "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™" Awards celebrates "Insecure" creator, actress, writer and producer Issa Rae (Star Power Award), actress and activist Yara Shahidi (Young Gifted and Black Award), GRAMMY Award-winning songstress Roberta Flack (Living Legend Award), Wall Street powerhouse and pioneer Suzanne Shank (Shot Caller Award) and Community organizers Derrica Wilson and Natalie Wilson of The Black & Missing Foundation (Community Change Agent Award).
"I'm honored to host the "Black Girls Rock Awards." Henson said in a statement. "I love the message ... I was lucky to be honored in 2011. It is truly a highlight of my life. Now I'm back to be part of this amazing night to honor the strong and powerful Yara, Issa Rae, Roberta, Suzanne, Derrica and Natalie. Let's make history together as we come together as women of brains, beauty and in support of each other."
Taraji P. Henson currently stars as Cookie Lyons on the megahit, "Empire." She was last seen on screen in the Oscar nominated movie, "Hidden Figures" and will star in the upcoming "Proud Mary."
Founded by celebrity DJ, model and executive producer, Beverly Bond, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ™ is a multifaceted movement dedicated to shifting the culture of media images depicting Black women and girls. Since 2006, BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ has been committed to empowering women through media and enriching girls through leadership, education, and positive identity development programs. Check out http://www.blackgirlsrock.com for more information.