Michelle Obama Declares ‘Black Girls Rock!’ in Her First-Ever Appearance At the Event To Honor Black Women and Girls.

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Michelle Obama was definitely the most celebrated guest at this year’s “Black Girls Rock” celebration held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey.

The First Lady delivered an inspiring speech, in which she stressed the importance of education.

There is nothing more important than being serious about your education. That’s why I am able to stand here tonight. I want every one of our black girls do to the same, and our black boys.

#MichelleObama is such a poignant speaker. We are moved! #BlackGirlsRock

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Feeling inspired #BlackGirlsRock

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The star-studded event, also honored Jada Pinkett Smith, Erykah Badu, Cicely Tyson, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, educator Nadia Lopez, and Dr. Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA, a humanitarian organization.

You can watch the event on BET on April 5, check your local listings. Until then, check out some of the attendees and honorees on stage and on the red carpet.

Janelle Monae

Faith Evans

Erykah Badu

Tatyana Ali

Gabi Fresh

Cicely Tyson

Lola Ogunnaike

Regina King and Tracee Ellis Ross


Jill Scott

Jada Pinkett Smith