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Taraji P. Henson to host 2017 Black Girls Rock on BET :: theGrio

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Taraji P. Henson has just been announced as the host of the "Black Girls Rock" 2017 Awards on BET.

"I'm honored to host the 'BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™' Awards. I love the message and I love Beverly Bond and her vision. 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," Henson said in a press release announcing her hosting gig.

The "Black Girls Rock" Awards are targeted to highlight extraordinary Black women who have broken barriers and been uplifting influences in their communities. Honorees include actress Issa Rae (who will be awarded the Star Power Award), actress Yara Shahidi (Young Gifted and Black Award), singer Roberta Flack (Living Legend Award), businesswoman Suzanne Shank (Shot Caller Award), and Derrica Wilson and Natalie Wilson of The Black & Missing Foundation (Community Change Agent Award).

The awards will be taped on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's Prudential Hall in Newark, NJ. They will air on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 at 8:00 P.M./ET on BET.