Politics is all about knowing when and where to be, to address a certain audience. Fully aware of this strategy, presidential candidate Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an appearance at the BET Black Girls Rock! 2016 show last night at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ.
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The annual event that applauds black women in a variety of fields honored Rihanna, Gladys Knight, Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, Amandla Stenberg, Danai Gurira, and Shonda Rhimes.
But Clinton surprised the audience with her presence and strong statements about black women. “My life has been changed by strong black women leaders,” she said as reported by ABC News. “There are still a lot of barriers holding back African Americans and black women in particular, so a gathering like this filled with so many powerful, strong women is a rebuke to every single one of those barriers.. All of our kids, no matter what zip code they live in, deserve a good teacher and a good school, a safe community and clean water to drink.”
Clearly there to appeal to a specific demographic, it was thoughtful for the former FLOTUS to drop by with kind words.
Even sweeter is what 28-year-old Bajan talent, Rihanna, had to say about the honor. “Thank you so much for celebrating us in a world that doesn’t celebrate us enough,” she said accepting her award.
Adding, “The minute you learn to love yourself you will not want to be anybody else. Role model is not the title they like to give me … (but) I think I can inspire a lot of young women to be themselves and that is half the battle… Hopefully one day I’ll be raising my own little black girl who rocks.”
BET Black Girls Rock! 2016, hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, airs Tuesday, April 5 at 8P/7C.
Red Carpet Rundown: The Slayage At Black Girls Rock
1. Black Girls Rock 10th AnniversarySource:Getty 1 of 31
2. Rockstar Honoree RihannaSource:Getty 2 of 31
3. Rockstar Honoree RihannaSource:Getty 3 of 31
4. Host Tracee Ellis RossSource:Getty 4 of 31
5. Monica Slaying In BalmainSource:Getty 5 of 31
6. Monica & Daughter Laiyah BrownSource:Getty 6 of 31
7. Kelly RowlandSource:Getty 7 of 31
8. Danai GurirSource:Getty 8 of 31
9. Amandla StenbergSource:Getty 9 of 31
10. Shonda RhimesSource:Getty 10 of 31
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13. Eva MarcilleSource:Getty 13 of 31
14. Corrine Bailey RaeSource:Getty 14 of 31
15. Yara ShahidiSource:Getty 15 of 31
16. Betann HardisonSource:Getty 16 of 31
17. Living Legend Honoree Gladys KnightSource:Getty 17 of 31
18. Marsha AmbrosiusSource:Getty 18 of 31
19. Black Girls Rock Founder Beverly BondsSource:Getty 19 of 31
20. LedisiSource:Getty 20 of 31
21. A Glowing (And Very Pregnant) Tatyana AliSource:Getty 21 of 31
22. Teyonah ParisSource:Getty 22 of 31
23. Justine SkyeSource:Getty 23 of 31
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26. Marsai MartinSource:Getty 26 of 31
27. Dionne Warwick & Cissy HoustonSource:Getty 27 of 31
28. #BlackLivesMatter Activist & Community Change Agents Alicia Garza & Opall TometiSource:Getty 28 of 31
29. M.A.D GirlSource:Getty 29 of 31
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31. Michelle MitchenorSource:Getty 31 of 31