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Published on March 16th, 2016 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Rihanna to receive the Rock Star Award at the 2016 ‘Black Girls Rock!™’ Awards

dish-012315-rihannaA well deserved honor for Rihanna in a salute to her multi-level positive impact on the entertainment industry and community service, the superstar will receive the “Rock Star Award” during this year’s Black Girls Rock Awards on BET. This year is an important benchmark for Black Girls Rock as they celebrate of 10 years strong as a leader and proponent for opportunity in the entertainment industry, education and business. The Hype Magazine salutes Rihanna and Black Girls Rock for their contributions to the betterment of humanity via their focused efforts.

Official Announcement:

BET Networks and Beverly Bond, Founder, CEO and Creator of BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ announced that eight-time Grammy® Award winner and multi-platinum selling artist, Rihanna, to receive the Rock Star Award at this year’s BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ Awards on BET. The chart topping singer, executive producer, fashion designer, actress, astute business entrepreneur and philanthropist will help illuminate the triumphs of brilliant Black women in an extraordinary night celebrating Black Girl Magic™. BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ acknowledges the achievements of Black women who have broken barriers in the areas of art, music, philanthropy and community service. BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ 2016 will tape on Friday, April 1, 2016 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ and the broadcast will premiere on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 8:00 P.M. ET/PT.

This year the dynamic BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ movement, founded by Beverly Bond, celebrates its 10 year anniversary and its sixth televised broadcast on BET Networks. The NAACP Award winning BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” on BET continues to represent a revolutionary landmark in media as it delivers edifying, entertaining and inspiring content honoring the nexus of achievements made by powerful Black women and girls. Rihanna joins producer and writer Shonda Rhimes (Shot Caller Award), R&B legend Gladys Knight (Living Legend Award), The Walking Dead actress and Eclipsed playwright Danai Gurira (Star Power Award), award-winning actress and activist Amandla Stenberg (Young Gifted and Black Award), and Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse CullorsAlicia Garza, and Opal Tometi (Community Change Agent Award) as this year’s “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” 2016 Celebrants.


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.

For updates or more information about BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ™ visit

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Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, Media and SEO Consultant, Journalist, Ph.D. and retired combat vet. 2023 recipient of The President's Lifetime Achievement Award. Partner at THM Media Group. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, the United States Press Agency and ForbesBLK.

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