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Stage and screen veteran Ruby Dee will be among the women honored as part of the Black Girls Rock! Awards, to be presented on October 16 in New York City and shown on BET on November 7.
The other honorees include actresses Keke Palmer and Raven-Symone, singer Missy Elliott, and author Ilyana Vanzant.
Black Girls Rock!, which was founded by DJ Beverly Bond, mentors young black girls and works to combat negative images of black women in the media.
Dee’s Broadway credits include A Raisin in the Sun, Anna Lucasta, Purlie Victorious, andCheckmates. She received Drama Desk Awards for her work in Boesman and Lena and The Wedding Band.
She received an Oscar nomination for American Gangster, and her other films include Do The Right Thing, Buck and the Preacher, and No. 2. She received an Emmy Award for Decoration Day and has been nominated for eight other Emmy Awards.