No Picture
Documentary

BET special celebrates the short but memorable life of Aaliyah

Ten years ago today, at the age of 22, R&B singer and actress Aaliyah (born Aaliyah Dana Haughton) had her life and burgeoning career cut tragically short when she and eight others were killed in a plane crash in The Bahamas. Tonight, BET premieres a special that celebrates her memory. Aaliyah: One in a Million, debuting at 8pm ET, looks at Aaliyah’s life and notable moments from her short-lived career with never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage, her most popular videos, vintage interviews from BET’s earlier years and intimate conversations with the family and friends who knew her best. Among those sharing their […]

No Picture
TV News & Program Updates

Black History Month programming 2011

Here are a few television highlights to check out this month in celebration of Black History Month. All times Eastern. Programming subject to change; check back throughout the month for additions and changes. Way Black When: Prime Time — TV One, weeknights throughout February at 10pm. This month of programming reflects back on the golden age of black culture that emerged during the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. Way Black When: Prime Time is a one-hour talk show that showcases black pop culture icons across the three decades. Each weeknight at 11pm there will be a decade-specific film related to the […]

No Picture
TV News & Program Updates

Black History Month 2010 programming

Here are a few notable programs airing in February to celebrate Black History Month. Check back for further updates throughout the month. Black Experience On Demand — On Demand (check your local cable system On Demand lineup for availability). In recognition of Black History Month in February, the nation’s content providers and cable companies are providing digital cable customers with On Demand access to hundreds of programs and movies, specifically focused on the black experience and history. Multiple genres of programming are available as a part of this “Black Experience On Demand” initiative, including movies, music, biographies, documentaries, news and […]

No Picture
Reality TV

Tyrese Gibson and BET take us “First In” with Compton firefighters

By Jeff Pfeiffer “I’ve been heavily approached about reality shows for the last couple of years,” Tyrese Gibson tells me at the start of our interview, “[but] I purposely stayed away from it. I don’t want to be a part of ‘baboon TV.’ I want to be a part of TV that’s really going to shed some light on some serious issues and really highlight the heroes of our generation.” The singer/actor/model (and now digital comic-book creator) has found that opportunity. It’s the new reality series First In, premiering tonight on BET and airing Wednesdays, which Gibson co-executive produces and […]

No Picture
Music

Michael Jackson specials abound on King of Pop’s birthday

This Saturday, August 29, would have been Michael Jackson’s 51st birthday. If you haven’t gotten your fill of MJ programming since his passing on June 25, several premiere and encore specials will air over the next few days to commemorate the life of one of the greatest pop-culture figures ever. Michael Jackson: Life of a Superstar (new) — BET, Aug. 27 at 10pm; Aug. 29 at 1pm, 6pm, 9pm; Aug. 30 at 4pm, 7pm ET/PT. This one-hour documentary focuses on Jackson’s music career at a young age and looks at his solo years, in addition to how his collaboration with […]

No Picture
TV News & Program Updates

BET To Launch New Network

By RabbitEars Particularly following the election of President Obama, there has been increased interest in the “NEWBOs” — the New Black Overclass — a growing group of African Americans who have gone from working class to the wealthy class at a young age, and who are now building wealth for future generations.These include those who have made fortunes in the worlds of sports, entertainment and media. Black Entertainment Television (BET) today announced the creation of a new network to appeal to such affluent, trend-setting and sophisticated black adults. The network, called Centric, is set to launch in the fourth quarter […]

No Picture
Awards Shows

Black History Month 2009 Is HERE

Posted by: kjpaloucek Unless you’re living under a rock, you should be aware that Black History Month has a bit more to celebrate this year than in previous years. Thankfully, that means that there’s a bit more to look forward to in terms of meaningful Black History Month-themed programming on TV … because, frankly, we know — things had been getting a little wanting during February. (An explicit reminder to network programmers: Slotting repeated showings of Pootie Tang is not only NOT acceptable Black History Month programming, it diminishes the dignity of the occasion.) Here’s an overview of some the […]