Angela Bassett is nothing short of an icon. On Aug. 25, she was given the Icon Award, the highest honor at the 2019 Black Girls Rock Awards.
Actress and longtime friend Regina King, who received the Star Power Award, presented Bassett with the Icon Award. Bassett accepted the award with an empowering message about how she found her purpose and remained steadfast in fulfilling it, even through adversity. She told the audience at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark that she knew from the time she was a teen that she wanted to be an actress. But even in the toughest times, she refused to take roles or do things that would compromise her integrity.
Angela Bassett’s Empowering Speech- The Icon Award (Black Girls Rock 2019)