They are of different genres and different generations, yet Ruby Dee and Missy Elliott will be among those honored as part of the Black Girls Rock! awards show on BET.
Besides the legendary actress and the rapper-singer-producer, other honorees include actresses Keke (KEE-kee) Palmer, Raven-Symone (RAY'-ven sih-MOHN') and author Ilyana Vanzant (ee-YAHN'-lah).
Black Girls Rock! is an organization founded by DJ Beverly Bond. It mentors young black girls and works to combat negative images of black women in the media. Though there have been previous Black Girls Rock! awards shows, this will be the first to air nationally.
The ceremony will be held Saturday in the Bronx, and the special will air Nov. 7.