Awards Shows

Lee Daniels, Mellody Hobson, Eric Holder, Patti LaBelle and L.A. Reid feted at 2016 BET Honors

The 2016 BET Honors, which taped March 5 at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C., will air on BET March 14 at 8pm ET. Celebrating its ninth year, the annual event is a star-studded evening that celebrates black excellence by honoring five distinguished African Americans who are at the highest levels in the fields of art, music, theater, technology and business. This year’s event is hosted by Arsenio Hall (pictured). Honorees at the 2016 BET Honors are Lee Daniels (Television and Film Award), Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and creator of the hit television show Empire; Mellody Hobson (Corporate Citizen Award), President of Ariel […]

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5 Questions with Stephen Bishop of BET’s “Being Mary Jane”

The first three episodes of the third season of Being Mary Jane have been jaw-dropping, and Stephen Bishop’s character David has been at the center of it all. When I spoke to the actor before the Season 3 premiere, he’d been sworn to secrecy about much of the the new season, but revealed that his favorite scenes from last season were the ones he shot with Chris Spencer. “He and I have been friends for a long time,” Bishop said,” but we’d never gotten to shoot together. It was fun to see him do drama. He’s such a great standup […]

Being Mary Jane

Actor Stephen Bishop Teases “Being Mary Jane,” Season 3

At the end of last season of BET’s drama, Being Mary Jane, our favorite news anchor suffered a devastating car accident after she learned that her BFF Lisa (Latarsha Rose) and her on-again, off-again ex-boyfriend David (Stephen Bishop) had been intimate. The dramatic episode, “Signing Off” left fans with gaping mouths and questions galore. Ahead of the two-hour Season 3 premiere, I went right to the scoundrel source of info, actor Stephen Bishop. I begged Bishop for details, since I’ve known his brother — a successful attorney —for many years, and was hoping for some inside scoop. But based, on his answers, Bishop’s […]

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Awards Shows

BET Honors 2015 – Date, time, honorees, performers

BET will again be airing the BET Honors, with the BET Honors 2015 airing on the network Feb. 23 at 9pm ET in a taped broadcast. Wayne Brady hosts the ceremony for the second year. The BET Honors pays tribute to the contributions of African Americans in the areas of education, theater, business and technology, music and innovation. The honorees at the BET Honors 2015 include Phylicia Rashad (Theatrical Award), Kanye West (Visionary Award), Usher Raymond (Musical Arts Award), educator Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole (Education Award), and Chairman of Microsoft, John W. Thompson (Business & Technology Award). According to BET, the […]


The Book Of Negroes: Novel and miniseries spin a tale of hardship and resilience

Film director Clement Virgo admits that it took a while for him to warm up to Lawrence Hill’s award-winning 2007 novel, The Book of Negroes. “People kept saying to me, ‘You’ve got to read this book. It’s a great book,’” Virgo recalls. “But I just didn’t like the title of the book. I didn’t know what it meant. I had a personal aversion to that title.” Virgo eventually bought Hill’s book (first published in Canada, it was retitled in the U.S. as Someone Knows My Name) but was still reluctant to read it. “I put it on my coffee table […]

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Awards Shows

BET Honors 2014: Honorees, performers and presenters

Wayne Brady hosts the BET Honors 2014, a ceremony taped Feb. 8 in Washington, D.C, which will premiere on BET Feb. 24 at 9pm ET in a two-hour special. BET Honors is celebrating its seventh year in 2014. The ceremony recognizes and celebrates the gifts and contributions of exceptional African American leaders in the fields of music, literature, entertainment, media, service and education. This year, the BET Honors 2014 will honor Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin (Musical Arts Award), Motown Records founder Berry Gordy (Visionary Award), American Express CEO & Chairman Kenneth Chenault (Corporate Citizen Award), visual artist Carrie Mae […]

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News & Current Events

First Lady Michelle Obama to discuss education on BET’s “106 & Park”

The Nov. 19 installment of BET’s 106 & Park will feature a visit from First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama. The special edition of 106 & Park, which will run an hour long, airs at 6pm ET on BET. On the special 106 & Park episode, Michelle Obama will talk to hosts Bow Wow and Keshia Chanté about higher education and President Obama’s “North Star” goal, which aims to see America return to its position as the country with the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. The First Lady will also share her personal story of the pivotal role that […]

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Awards Shows

BET Hip Hop Awards 2013 – date and time

What: BET Hip Hop Awards 2013 When and Where: Oct. 15 at 8pm ET/PT on BET. About: Uncle Snoop (Snoop Dogg) hosts the annual event, which honors the biggest names in hip hop music, along with recognizing new and rising talent, and which BET says has been the No. 1 hip hop-themed telecast for five consecutive years. Included will be performances from Snoop, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, French Montana, Future, Meek Mill, Diddy, Rick Ross, Rocko, ScHoolBoy Q and more. At the ceremony, which was recorded in Atlanta Sept. 28, there was a surprise reunion from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony that brought […]