Regina King (L) and Tracee Ellis Ross speak onstage at BET's Black Girls Rock 2012 at Paradise Theater on October 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for BET)

The 2012 Black Girls Rock! awards, held on October 13, was a successful event, attended by the who’s who of black Hollywood. But among high-profile A-listers like Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington and Alicia Keys were young women who are stars in their own right.

BGR awarded four women the M.A.D. Girls award, an honor given to girls making a difference in their communities. They were chosen by public vote out of ten finalists and then attended the event, where they received their awards from celebrities who also know what it means to give back.

Black Girls Rock! was founded by DJ Beverly Bond in 2006, with the mission of empowering and mentoring young women of color. Since then, the organization has partnered with BET to host a yearly awards show honoring women with the same mission.

The 3rd annual awards show will air this Sunday, November 4 on BET at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Click through the slideshow above to learn more about the young women who were honored with the M.A.D. Girls award this year.

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