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Award-Winning Actress, Rapper, Singer and Newark Native Queen Latifah Hosts 2018 "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™" Awards on Sunday, August 26 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center


2018 "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™" Awards Returns to the New Jersey Performing
Arts Center in Newark, NJ, Taping on Sunday, August 26 and Premiering
Sunday, September 9 at 8:00 PM on BET

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BET Networks and BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ are thrilled to announce
Academy Award® nominated actress, world-renowned rapper, songstress, and
producer Queen Latifah as the host of the 2018 "BLACK GIRLS
Awards. The Newark, New Jersey native will return to her
hometown as this year's host on Sunday, August 26 at the New Jersey
Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, NJ. Created by executive
producer, celebrity DJ, and women's empowerment advocate Beverly Bond,
the 2018 "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™" Awards honors the
groundbreaking and extraordinary achievements of Black women. The 2018
Awards will premiere on Sunday, September 9
at 8:00 PM/ET on BET

"Queen Latifah is the epitome of black excellence, hip-hop royalty, and
black girl magic! She has been a longtime supporter of BLACK GIRLS
and has been honored at both our televised and pre-televised
shows. I'm so thrilled to welcome her back to the BLACK GIRLS ROCK!
stage as host," says Beverly Bond, BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ CEO,
Founder and Creator.

The televised special is a BET Networks, B.G.R. Enterprises
Inc./BONDVISION MEDIA and Jesse Collins Entertainment production. The
executive producers are Beverly Bond, CEO, founder and creator of "BLACK
, Connie Orlando, Head of Original Programming &
Production for BET Networks, and Jesse Collins and Jeannae Rouzan – Clay
of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

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Founded by celebrity DJ, model and executive producer Beverly Bond, The
BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards show was created to celebrate the nexus of
achievements of exemplary women of color who break boundaries, blaze
trails, and set trends across sectors. Since 2006, the annual BLACK
GIRLS ROCK! Awards has honored an outstanding range of accomplished and
inspiring women across generations and genres. BLACK GIRLS ROCK! has
been committed to empowering women through media and enriching girls
through leadership, education, and positive identity development
programs. For additional information on BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, visit


BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIA, VIA.B)), is the
nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and
public affairs television programming for the African-American audience.
The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can
be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom
and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer
brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading
Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news;
CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American
Woman; BET Music Networks - BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home
Entertainment; BET Live, BET's growing festival business; BET Mobile,
which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices;
and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.


Jesse Collins Entertainment is a full service television and film
production company founded by entertainment industry veteran and
multi-Image Award® winner Jesse Collins. Collins has played an integral
role in producing many of television's most memorable moments in music
entertainment. Most recently Collins was the executive producer of the
critically-acclaimed film, The New Edition Story, a biopic on the boy
band that aired as a 3-part mini-series on BET in January 2017 and
posted record ratings for the network and attracted nearly 30 million
viewers. Collins has also produced award-winning programming including
the BET Awards, BET Honors, UNCF's An Evening of Stars, ABFF Honors,
Soul Train Awards and the BET Hip Hop Awards, is a consulting producer
for the iconic GRAMMY Awards and executive producer of BET's hit TV
series, Real Husbands of Hollywood starring Kevin Hart and VH1 shows
Dear Mama and Hip Hop Squares with Ice Cube. Will Smith, Beyonce, Chris
Rock, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Prince and
Mariah Carey are a few of the myriad of superstar talent that Collins
has worked with through the years. Follow Jesse Collins Entertainment
@JesseCollinsEnt on Twitter and Instagram and go to
for more information on the company.


New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark,
New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United
States. It is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of
New Jersey -- where great performances and events enhance and transform
lives every day. As New Jersey's Town Square, NJPAC brings diverse
communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the State's
and the world's best artists, while acting as a leading catalyst in the
revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education
programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts
enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted over seven million visitors (including
more than one million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and
nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its
constituents. Visit
or call 1-888-GO-NJPAC for more information.

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