Actress and activist Angela Bassett is the epitome of black girl magic. With hit movies like Black Panther, Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Whats Love Got to Do with It, Ms. Bassett is truly a living legend.
BET honored Angela Bassett at the 2019 Black Girls Rock Award Show with the Icon Award. What does being an icon mean to Ms. Bassett? JaGurl TV received the answer in an exclusive interview on the yellow carpet before the award ceremony.
“It means that you are rising, you are continuing to rise to the top your field; whatever field you’re in that you have been making a mark. You’ve been noticed, you’ve been excellent, and your continuing to be hopefully; and that your consistent with it.”
During her acceptance speech, it was clear why she is truly a black girl who rocks. “Always remember that our voices, the very power that we hold individually and all of us collectively, it does matter. Now is not the time to be silent. Find your purpose, pursue it relentlessly, passionately, and loudly. Be persistent and win!”
Watch her full acceptance speech below, and get inspired.