Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance at #BlackGirlsRock but some weren't feeling it

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Clinton Appears On 'Black Girls Rock'

This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Black Girls Rock awards show which honors black women in entertainment. The show hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross honored stars and activists include Rihanna, Amandla Stenberg, Shonda Rhimes, and Black Lives Matter founders Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi.

Before the show was over Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance. The former secretary of state introduced Black Girls Rock founder, Beverly Bond, and shared words on how black women have shaped her life.

"The entire world knows what you know, and that is, black girls rock," Clinton said. "Black women are change makers and path makers and ground shakers. My life has been changed by strong black women leaders, from Marian Wright Edelman to Dorothy Height to Maya Angelou."

"There are still a lot of barriers holding back African Americans and black women in particular, so a gathering like this filled with so many powerful, strong women is a rebuke to every single one of those barriers," Clinton told the crowd. "All of our kids, no matter what zip code they live in, deserve a good teacher and a good school, a safe community and clean water to drink."'

Clinton received a standing novation at the award show but many people on Twitter were confused and uncomfortable by the democratic hopeful's appearance.

Click through to see how Twitter reacted to Clinton's appearance

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@BET @HillaryClinton she said "Black girls rock" but she supported a crime bill responsible for mass incarceration of Black women.
BET: Coming up next on Black Girls Rock, Hillary Clinton! Us: https://t.co/BZeVIxdigO
WHY??? WILL??? HILLARY CLINTON??? BE AT BLACK GIRLS ROCK????
why do we have to interrupt these amazing moments with... hillary clinton.
Hillary had no business at Black Girls Rock pretending to care about us for votes. Black women can't have ANYthing to ourselves.
"As a white woman of color, I, too, feel..." —Hillary Clinton at Black Girls Rock
Hillary showed up to Black Girls Rock. I think that is a smart savy move. Black women determine who wins the nom EVERY time.
Bernie shows up to Hot 97 it's cool & worth celebrating. Hillary shows up to black girls rock & she's pandering for votes. I don't get it.
Hillary really went to Black Girls Rock... For the 1st time in the 6 year history... During the election year... How convenient
Hillary Clinton appearing at Black Girls Rock seems so disingenuous to me
Like...who okayed Hillary actually speaking at black girls rock? Attending is one thing - that would've been fine. Speaking though?
Hillary Clinton is at Black Girls Rock? Chile she is trying to win the black vote lol
Hillary is speaking at Black Girls Rock....The pandering is off the charts. https://t.co/HO8YX7IxDi
Not too sure how I feel about Hillary Clinton @ black girls rock ... All for women empowerment ... But i felt super uncomfortable
I love how the entire audience at black girls rock is unimpressed and over Hillary. https://t.co/43EhPL5aPd
I guess Black Girls don't rock if its not election season. Hillary wasn't with us shooting in the gym #HillaryClinton #BlackGirlsRock2016
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Although Clinton is doing significantly better with black voters than her opponent Bernie Sanders, some accused Clinton of pandering and being disingenuous by appearing at the awards show during the election season.

Many noted how important securing votes from black women is -- in 2008 and 2012, black women had a higher voter turn out rate than any other demographic.

See images from the award show below

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NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01: Actress Yara Shahidi attends BET Black Girls Rock! 2016 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01: Actress and Star Power Award recipient Danai Gurira attends BET Black Girls Rock! 2016 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01: Singer Monica attends BET Black Girls Rock! 2016 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01: Actress Cicely Tyson attends BET Black Girls Rock! 2016 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01: Singer Andra Day attends BET Black Girls Rock! 2016 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01: Actress Eva Marcille attends BET Black Girls Rock! 2016 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01: Event honoree Rihanna attends Black Girls Rock! 2016 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01: Actress and BET Black Girls Rock! 2016 host Tracee Ellis Ross on stage during BET Black Girls Rock! 2016 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01: Singer and actress, Ledisi attends BET Black Girls Rock! 2016 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01: Actress BET Black Girls Rock! 2016 host Tracee Ellis Ross attends BET Black Girls Rock! 2016 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01: Actress Marsai Martin attends BET Black Girls Rock! 2016 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01: Singer-songwriter Lauryn Hill performs onstage during BET Black Girls Rock! 2016 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01: Secretary of State and candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election Hillary Clinton speaks onstage during BET Black Girls Rock! 2016 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01: Secretary of State and candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election Hillary Clinton speaks onstage during BET Black Girls Rock! 2016 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01: Shonda Rhimes speaks onstage at Black Girls Rock! 2016 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paras Griffin/WireImage)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01: Jazmine Sullivan performs onstage at Black Girls Rock! 2016 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paras Griffin/WireImage)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01: Iyanla Vanzant speaks onstage at Black Girls Rock! 2016 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paras Griffin/WireImage)
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