Last night, BET’s positive award show, Black Girls Rock aired and as usual, it was awesome! Fab Divas Patti LaBelle and Queen Latifah were among the honorees, but the highlight for me was one of my personal She-Roes, Mara Brok Akil! Mara is the writer and creator of the hit shows, Girlfriends, The Game and Being Mary Jane! She is also responsible for being a writer and producer for ‘Jumping the Broom’ and ‘Sparkle.’ But, you probably first noticed her writing talents on shows like Moesha and Soul Food. Her and her fab director husband, Salim Akil run Akil Productions and have not only employed countless amounts of black men and women with dreams of making it in the entertainment industry, but they’ve also written beautiful characters that look, sound and represent real black men and women. They are a major part of the reason why I started CNikky.com. Love them to pieces! So happy for Mara.
The award show that honors both famous and unknown women of all ages across the country, was taped in New Jersey last weekend. Kelly Rowland, Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Hudson, Amber Riley and Janelle Monae turned out wonderful performances. And Traci Ellis Ross and Regina King hosted the show together. BET did a great job once again.
Here is a re-cap according to the ladies of TheYBF:
All of our fave YBF chicks made their way to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Saturday night for the BET taping of Black Girls Rock! Check out all the fabulosity and non-stop gorgeousness that hit the carpet and the stage inside (plus, we’ve got a few spoilers about the show)….
It was a “Girlfriends” reunion on last night’s pink carpet! Jill Marie Jones, Persia White, Tracee Ellis Ross and Golden Brooks looked their usual fab selves as they reunited to present the Shot Caller Award to the show’s creator, Mara Brock Akil. Mara also gave a tearful and heartfelt speech in acceptance.
Golden & Jiil–aka Maya and Toni–posed it up and showed that black girls just get better with age.
And Tracee kept it edgy in all black as she posed it up with her good friend Regina King. Both served as hosts of the show.
Mariah Carey hit the stage rocking a midriff baring top and embellished maxi skirt as she presented the Living Legend award to Patti LaBelle.
When Ms. Patti stopped Mariah from walking off stage and asked her to “hold her award”, MiMi told her about her arm being “a little weak.” Ms. Patti snapped back and told her to hold that ish anyway. Hilar!
Kelly Rowland and her sheer pants posed it up with her celeb trainer and workout DVD partner, Jeanette Jenkins, and Jeanette’s little Goddaughter Ada. How precious! Teaching the little ones early how much they rock…
Kelly also switched it up to hit the stage with Sevyn Streeter.
Best Man Holiday actress Nia Long flaunted those post baby curves in a skin tight black dress, with her engagement ring and a bold red lip to boot. Chick i making 42 look like 32….
“Second Generation Wayans” star Tatyana Ali stood out in this white small cutout gown with a heavily embellished rosette shoulder. Super chic look for her. And she presented a M.A.D girl award (Making A Difference) to 7-year-old Brooklyn Wright.
Stunningly gorge WNBA star Skylar Diggins rocked a hot black gown for the occasion. She was there to present the Venus Award.
“DWTS” contestant and “Glee” star Amber Riley is showing off the results of all those dance rehearsals. Looking good chick!
KeKe Palmer is fresh off the accolades from the “CrazySexyCool: TLC Story” biopic. And she presented the Young & Gifted award to ballerina Misty Copeland while looking fab in this black sparkling princess gown.
Queen Latifah received the Rock Star Award and looked amazing last night.
And that Award was presented by the gorge (and newly coiffed with a pixie cut) Jennifer Hudson.
Tennis champ Venus Williams kept it extra colorful in a floral strapless dress…and these multicolored braids.
LaLa Anthony rocked a black halter Pucci jumpsuit. And she draped herself in diamonds to top it all off. Gorgeous.
E-V-E kept it girly in this frilly grey cinched waist dress.
Michelle Williams rocked her usual cocktail dress look.
Ja Rule hit the carpet with his wife Aisha Atkins to show his support for Black Girls Rock!