What Extraordinary Looks Like

"The BET Honors" 2015 - Show
"The BET Honors" 2015 - Show

BET honors two legendary women Phylicia Rashad and Dr. Johnetta B. ColeOften, the way women portray themselves both onscreen and off is too admirable not to notice and recognize.

Ever since actress Phylicia Rashad commanded the small screen as Clair Huxtable—the classy, professional wife and mother of five on The Cosby Show —the world instantly took notice and has subsequently been enamored by her theatrical presentations. Likewise, Dr. Johnetta B. Cole made us take notice when she became the first African American woman to preside over two historically black colleges for women: Spelman College and Bennett College for Women.

It’s no wonder that BET recently deemed them both “What Extraordinary Looks Like” as the network honored them, as well as John W. Thompson, Kanye West, and Usher during its annual BET Honors Awards on Monday, Feb. 23.

Heartfelt musical tributes and befitting stories of excellence declared and reinforced the magnificence and brilliance of Rashad and Cole. It goes without saying that the highlight of the tributes came when a combined Spelman College and Howard University ensemble sang a near perfect rendition of the timeless song “All Good Things Will Be Added Unto You,” which Rashad sang in an episode of The Cosby Show. The stirring performance moved both Rashad and Cole to their feet, while tears of joy streamed down their faces.

The intelligence, beauty, class, and integrity of both women somehow grew larger as their life’s works were displayed, reimagined and presented to an awed audience. How befitting it was for Rashad to quote the scripture-inspired lyrics to the song when she rose to give her acceptance speech. Both women have not only understood, but have also taken the lyrics to heart and have found solace in seeking His Kingdom. Therefore, good things have most certainly been added unto them.

Hope for Women joins with BET and salutes these two leading ladies and agrees that they are indeed “What Extraordinary Looks Like.”

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