Missy Elliott and Ciara

Ladies Unite at Black Girls Rock! Awards

It was ladies’ night at the 5th Annual Black Girls Rock! Awards at the Paradise Theater in New York City’s Bronx borough on Saturday (Oct. 16). Founded by DJ Beverly Bond, the evening honored successful African-American women for their achievements and for being positive role models in their communities. The event, which will be televised for the first time next month, was hosted by actress Nia Long.

Presenters and performers such as Keyshia Cole, Monica, Ciara, Keri Hilson, Fantasia, Estelle, Shontelle, Jill Scott, and Marsha Ambrosius helped pay homage to honorees including Keke Palmer, Raven-Symoné, Ruby Dee, and Missy Elliott, who was presented with her second Visionary Award by collaborator Ciara. “Thank u @ciara u are truely a best friend!!” Missy tweeted at CiCi following the taping.

Take a look at some of the lovely ladies below.