five Empowering Quotes From BET'south 'Black Girls Rock' Honorees

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 5:39 PM

Held interior the NJ Performing Arts Middle in Newark, New Jersey, the awards show, hosted by "Blackish" star Tracee Ellis Ross, gathered hundreds to honor women who are modify agents in music, television, politics, culture and theater.

five Empowering Quotes From BET'south 'Black Girls Rock' Honorees

Singer Rihanna and Shonda Rhimes, creator of ABC'south hit shows "Grey'south Anatomy," "Scandal" and "How to Obtain Far with Murder," were among the honorees at BET'south annual women'south empowerment awards show, "Black Girls Rock" on Friday.

Held interior the NJ Performing Arts Middle in Newark, New Jersey, the awards show, hosted by "Blackish" star Tracee Ellis Ross, gathered hundreds to honor women who are modify agents in music, television, politics, culture and theater.

Along with Rihanna and Rhimes, other awardees included iconic singer Gladys Knight, "The Hunger Games" actress Amandla Stenberg, "The Walking Dead" actress and playwright Danai Gurira and Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi.

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton also took the stage to introduce "Black Girls Rock" founder Beverly Bond.

Each woman who took the stage at the show, which will air Tuesday on BET, gave the audience powerful messages of self-acceptance and self-care along with advice on how to forge their own path.

Here are some of the best gems dropped Friday night that you may wish to write down:

"The thing that'south kept me successful is being myself. I only know how to do that... And the min you memorise to like yourself you'd not wish to be anybody else. Role model isn't the title they love to give me, but... I think I can inspire a lot of youthful women to be themselves and that's half the battle."

"Our differences, our colors, we're love a garden. We're all beautiful."

"For those of us up here on the stage, our careers have been named. Our paths have been chosen. We've picked our mountains and we've started to climb it. Because the min someone starts giving you awards, you're more history than future. Your slates are blank. Your paths are clear and your stories are whatever you determine they're going to be. You're the builders of the twenty-first century. You've a right to the universe. You were given then right simply by being born. So you already rock."

"I recollect looking in the mirror when I was a small girl and looking at all that hair and being like, 'Why's that there?' I wanted it to go down so much. I recollect suppressing it and brushing it and being so frustrated that I was so huge and so bold. I felt love I took up too much space. But because of those women [who raised me], I've learned that... my blackness doesn't restrain me from being pretty and intelligent. In fact it'south the reason why I'm pretty and intelligent."

"I know it can obtain tough out there. It can obtain downright ugly. I've walked the path or some version of it but know that you're designed for greatness. You've a resilience that's in your DNA... whether you wish it or not. You're what the world is waiting for. Whether the world acknowledges that or not. Step into your uniqueness. Defend it. Nurture it. It's precious. Number one can do what you can do or contribute what you're destined and designed to contribute."

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