The Queen of Funk herself, Chaka Khan, will be headlining the 15-Year Anniversary Fundraising Gala for BLACK GIRLS ROCK! on Friday, June 18 in New York City.
BLACK GIRLS ROCK! is both a movement and a nonprofit organization centered around empowering women of color through positive media representation as well as leadership and career development.
The annual BLACK GIRLS ROCK® Awards is the biggest celebration of the nexus of achievements of exemplary women of color who break boundaries, blaze trails, and set trends across sectors.
This year’s exciting anniversary gala can be accessed virtually and is presented by Microsoft. The event will be streamed for the first time on the all new BGR!TV network and will also be available on BGR’s YouTube channel.
The gala will be co-hosted by Tatyana Ali and MC Lyte. Along with Khan, there are planned musical performances by Alice Smith and Maimouna Youssef aka MuMu Fresh, DC’s all-woman go-go band Bela Dona, gospel sensation Tasha Cobbs Leonard, celebrity DJ Aktive and more. There will also be star-studded appearances by Tracee Ellis Ross, Common, Estelle, India Arie, Yara Shahidi, Ledisi, Wood Harris, Misty Copeland, Jay Ellis, Rapsody, and even a virtual appearance by Michelle Obama.
This special edition of the gala and concert “will highlight Black women in music while benefiting the advocacy and expansion of the organization.” The stream will start at 7PM. Tickets to the virtual gala can be purchased through the BGR website.