On Saturday, October 17, 2009, some of the best and brightest stars from several industries aligned to honor a set of distinguished, internationally-acclaimed women of color. Where else better to host this stellar event than the city that never sleeps? The Fourth Annual BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards took place in the legendary TimesCenter located a few steps away from Times Square. The venue was the prefect combination of elegant and funky, all at the same time. After all of the gift bags had been made, and the food and drinks had been set up, and the items up for auction had been displayed, and each scrumptious red velvet cupcake from Cake Man Raven had been carefully put on display, we rolled out the red carpet and opened our doors to the amped up press pounding on the glass doors. By 7:30, it was lights, camera, action as honorees, presenters, famous supporters, and the young women from the organization began arriving. The frenzy of the paparazzi and voracious reporters and journalist turned the ambiance up about ten notches. Everyone was certainly ready to party like the rockstars that they were!
But before we get into things, first things first! We know you’re dying to get a taste of everyone’s outfit of the night, so let us oblige you with some pictures from the red carpet. Shout out to ESSENCE Magazine and The Young, Black, and Fabulous who both featured their pics from the awards on their sites and showed us love!
Anthony Hamilton with son
Mary J. Blige
Tracee Ellis Ross
Bethann Hardison & Iyanla Vanzant
Doug E. Fresh & DJ Jazzy Joyce
DJ Spinderella & Raven-Symoné
Tracee Ellis Ross, Regina King, & Queen Latifah
Mary J. Blige & Catharine Malandrino
Kevin Powell, Sonia Sanchez, DJ Beverly Bond, Regina King, & Tracee Ellis Ross
Regina King, Dr. Mehret Mandefro, DJ Beverly Bond, & Tracee Ellis Ross
Stay tuned for tomorrows post on who won what, who performed, who presented, more pictures and much more!