2019 M.A.D. GIRLS (“Making A Difference”) Celebrants Are, Mari ‘Little Miss Flint’ Copeny, Winter BreeAnne and Chanice Lee
2019 BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ Awards Hosted by Niecy Nash Returns to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Prudential Hall in Newark, New Jersey
“BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” Awards Premieres Sunday, September 8 at 8pm
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BET Networks has partnered with Coca-Cola® to recognize M.A.D. (Making A Difference) GIRLS, who will be honored at this years “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™”. The annual event celebrates the accomplishments of African American women who represent inspirational and positive role models making a difference in the world of arts, philanthropy and their local communities. This year’s “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” will be taped on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Prudential Hall in Newark, NJ. The broadcast will premiere on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 AT 8PM ET/PT on BET.
This year, Coca-Cola® is proud to sponsor the M.A.D. (Making A Difference) GIRLS, an honor bestowed upon dynamic young women and girls who are change agents developing enterprises and spearheading ideas that promote progressive change in their communities. Past recipients include Marley Dias, Haben Girma, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Maya Penn, Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, Haile Thomas, Amanda Gorman, Shanay Thompson, and Naomi Wadler.
The 2019 “Making A Difference” a.k.a. M.A.D. GIRLS are Mari “Little Miss Flint” Copeny, Winter BreeAnne and Chanice Lee.
2019 M.A.D GIRLS
Mari ‘Little Miss Flint’ Copeny, 11- Flint, MI
Women’s March Youth Ambassador and Activist, Mari Copeny, otherwise known as “Little Miss Flint,” wrote to President Barack Obama at eight years old, to ask for a meeting and help for her city after they went through a water crisis where residents were exposed to contaminated poisonous water causing 12 deaths. President Obama ended up responding to Mari, visiting Flint and granted the city $100 million to help repair the water system. In the midst of all this Mari was giving water and donating school supplies and backpacks to families and children in Flint. Her passion, ambition and willingness to be an advocate for the community makes her a young role model and trailblazer in the making.
Winter BreeAnne, 18- Riverside, CA
Voting rights activist, entrepreneur and youth ambassador Winter BreeAnne has been named one of Riverside, California’s Most Remarkable Teens. Beginning her advocacy at age 15 Winter launched her organization Black Is Lit, which started as a Instagram page to fill the void in black representation and then quickly grew into a passion project. She began to travel across the nation to different elementary schools promoting education and the importance of politics and voting. In addition to becoming the youngest addition to Crooked Media, where she will be providing her generation with a voice in the political climate that they aren’t aware of, she will also be launching a non-profit organization Just Active early 2020. And to top things off she released a campaign with Amplifier Art called “We Are the Future” and helped create a detailed election plan for 20,000 schools across the nation to help initiate the conversations about voting.
Chanice Lee, 17- Fort Lauderdale, FL
Teen activist, author, speaker and blogger Chanice Lee, has a mission to positively impact the community on a large scale. She created “The Melanin Diary” an online platform promoting social awareness amongst black teens. Chanice was also selected as one of the twenty-one young women to serve as a Teen Advisor for a campaign of the United Nations Foundation called ‘Girl Up’, a global movement for gender equality. Chanice has participated in several speaking engagements including 2017 Florida March For Black Women, Women’s March Miami “Power To The Polls” rally, and the 2018 Girl Up leadership Summit. She is also an author of “Young Revolutionary: A Teens Guide To Activism” where she gives teens the tools and confidence to be a successful activist. In addition to all the great things she has done she was also named a “2018 Young Futurist” by The Root for her activism work and drive to make a positive change in today’s world.
ABOUT BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ™:
Founded by celebrity DJ, model and executive producer Beverly Bond, The BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards show was created to celebrate the nexus of achievements of exemplary women of color who break boundaries, blaze trails, and set trends across sectors. Since 2006, the annual BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards has honored an outstanding range of accomplished and inspiring women across generations and genres. BLACK GIRLS ROCK! has been committed to empowering women through media and enriching girls through leadership, education, and positive identity development programs. For additional information on BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, visit http://www.blackgirlsrock.com.
ABOUT BET NETWORKS:
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for black entertainment, music, culture and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.
ABOUT NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER:
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States. It is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey — where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. As New Jersey’s Town Square, NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the State’s and the world’s best artists, while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted over seven million visitors (including more than one million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. Visit http://www.njpac.org or call 1-888-GO-NJPAC for more information.
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