Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, & Erykah Badu Celebrate Women at ‘Black Girls Rock!’

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Music’s biggest voices saluted black women in business, politics, entertainment, sports, and community service at BET’s second annual “Black Girls Rock!” event, honoring Angela Davis, Shirley Caesar, Taraji P. Henson, Tatyana Ali, and more.

Erykah Badu kicked off the festivities by beat-boxing and adding her own instrumentation to “Appletree.” Melanie Fiona showed off her powerful pipes with her new song “This Time,” newcomer Elle Varner stepped into the spotlight with “Only Wanna Give It to You,” and Estelle said “Thank You” with her Akon-penned single.

Soul diva Jill Scott delivered a spoken word performance of “Womanifesto” and empowered her fellow ladies with “Hate on Me.” And Mary J. Blige closed out the inspiring evening with “Just Fine” and “My Life.”

Get lifted with the ladies of R&B by watching the performances below.

Mary J. Blige – “Just Fine”

Mary J. Blige – “My Life”

Erykah Badu – “Appletree”

Melanie Fiona – “This Time”

Elle Varner – “Only Wanna Give It to You”

Estelle – “Thank You”

Jill Scott – “Womanifesto” + “Hate on Me”



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15 Comments

  1. nicole

    where is Melanie at?

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  2. CITY

    EVERYBODY WAS STANDIN FOR MARY…WASNT NOBODY STANDING FOR ELLE VARNER..I GUESS I WUD HAVE BEEN THE ONLY 1 STANDING FOR HER IF I WAS THERE

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    brainfood.com Reply:

    @CITY,

    Well she’s got to be someone important because they asked her to come.

    She rocks!

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    CITY Reply:

    @brainfood.com, THEY PROBABLY ASKED HER TO COME BCUZ SHES UP & COMING AND HAS A MODERATE HIT OUT

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  3. Kyle

    What an awesome lineup this year! Erykah, Mary, Jill, Estelle, Melanie…can it get any better? i really hope Melanie Fiona’s album drops as planned *fingers crossed*

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  4. THE MALEZ

    Monica wasnt there this year!!! *YAWNS* At any event, i like that song Melanie performed! THATS ALL!

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  5. Kalub

    Dawn Richard needs to perform next year. Point blank period.

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  6. yoo

    melanie is a boring performer and a VERY AVERAGE singer.

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  7. devin

    i loved it!!!

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  8. Johnathan

    Mary and that band absolutely SLAYED that ‘My Life’ performance. Ain’t seen her lay down live vocals like that in a minute.

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    FOLLOW @IRS_yr5000ken Reply:

    @Johnathan, RIGHT? MARY DID THAT SHITT

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  9. Big.Deal

    Estelle murked

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  10. Theman

    Where is Mary Mary’s performance?

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  11. John

    I love watching these wonderful entertainers and gracious community heroines, and these wonderful gorgeous women are finally stepping up for their due.
    Thank God for Black Women Rock.

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  12. funny game zone

    funny game zone…

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