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Posted Friday 10/26/18 at 5:20AM EDT
Martin alums Tisha Campbell-Martin and Tichina Arnold will co-host the 2018 Soul Train Awards
Source: The Grapevine
BET Presents: 2018 Soul Train Awards will air on Nov. 25, featuring a tribute to Erykah Badu with the presentation of the "Legend Award."
Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 9:37PM EDT
Lena Waithe expects her Boomerang reboot to change the face of BET
“I literally want this show to change the face of BET,” she says. “I’m not even saying that out of shade." Waithe, who got Halle Berry on board for the reboot of the 1992 Eddie Murphy comedy, adds: “It’s just going to be a phenomenal experience and I’m going to be in Atlanta making sh*t happen."
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 3:22PM EDT
BET's Boomerang adds Tequan Richmond and Tetona Jackson
Everybody Hates Chris alum Richmond and Jackson, the star of Hulu's All Night, have been set as leads on the TV series reboot of the 1992 Eddie Murphy film.
Posted Thursday 9/27/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Kelly Rowland to play Gladys Knight on BET's American Soul
As part of her portrayal on the 1970s-set Soul Train period drama, Rowland will record a cover of one of the soul icon’s song “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Knight was one of the first singers to perform on Soul Train.
Posted Tuesday 9/25/18 at 1:05PM EDT
BET orders late-night show Raq Rants hosted by TMZ's Raquel Harper
Harper is taking her YouTube celebrity interview show to television, with the help of her TMZ bosses. “Raquel’s voice is strong and unapologetic” says TMZ head Harvey Levin, who will serve as an executive producer. “She has a world view of life and is fearless about expressing it. I’ve rarely met anyone who can move a conversation along in such an authentic, entertaining, interesting and informative way as Raquel.”
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 9:40PM EDT
Lena Waithe and Halle Berry join BET's Boomerang sequel as executive producers
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Berry, who co-starred in the 1992 Eddie Murphy movie Boomerang, will produce what is now being described as a 10-episode sequel. Waithe will co-write the pilot in addition to serving as an executive producer.
Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 9:25PM EDT
BET makes its Quincy Jones TV special official
The legendary producer and musician will be feted for his 85th birthday as part of Q 85: A Musical Celebration For Quincy Jones, which will tape on Sept. 25. Rashida Jones will honor her dad with the help of John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Dave Chappelle, Gloria Estefan, Danny Glover, Gladys Knight, Herbie Hancock and Brian McNight.
# TOPICS: Quincy Jones, BET, Q 85: A Musical Celebration For Quincy Jones, Brian McNight, Danny Glover, Dave Chappelle, Gladys Knight, Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Rashida Jones
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 8:51PM EDT
BET is finalizing a deal for a Quincy Jones 85th birthday primetime special
After CBS and The Recording Academy pulled out of a planned special, BET is said to be finalizing a deal to tape its own special honoring the legendary producer on Sept. 25.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 10:03PM EDT
BET's The Bobby Brown Story allowed Bobby Brown to rewrite his troubled narrative
Source: The Muse
The two-part BET miniseries, made with Brown's significant involvement, is "a classic example of an artist using their own license to rewrite a contentious public narrative," says Clover Hope. She adds: "For the subjects involved, the self-produced biopic is a kind of unobstructed release of their side of the truth, which is unfortunate for the people in their lives who aren’t around to dispute it. For the viewer, it’s a nostalgic, intimate (and debatable) encyclopedia that gives us both tough and light moments, including the best one from Part 2 of The Bobby Brown Story—a reenactment of a classic scene (Whitney in a visor and Bobby in tiny glasses dancing together in a hotel) from the classic 2005 reality show Being Bobby Brown, which as a friend of mine joked 'put Bravo on the map.'"
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 1:41AM EDT
Bobby Brown on The Bobby Brown Story: "I'm grateful that I'm able to tell my story to my kids and let them watch it with me"
"Hopefully people will take away that they didn't know me at all," says Brown, who was consulted on the BET miniseries. "They thought they knew what I been through and what I am. But they don't know how I got to that point. This movie will show them how I got to the downfall and how I picked myself back up. That's the great part.” ALSO: Twitter has been losing its mind over The Bobby Brown Story.
Posted Wednesday 9/05/18 at 2:03AM EDT
BET's The Bobby Brown Story tries to redeem Bobby Brown from public villainy
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Following the release of three Whitney films since 2015 and even a vulturous TV biopic about the tragic life of daughter Bobbi Kristina, ex-husband and singer Bobby Brown is now clearly asking, 'What About Bobby?'" says Robyn Bahr. "BET's cheaply made (though endlessly watchable) miniseries The Bobby Brown Story unfortunately comes off as a different kind of #MeToo story — one that posits, 'What if abusers were the true victims all along?'"
Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 3:42PM EDT
BET casts Sinqua Walls to play Soul Train creator Don Cornelius as a young man
The Power, Once Upon a Time and Teen Wolf vet will star in American Soul, an unflinching 10-episode series inspired "by the personal trials and professional successes of the young, ambitious and troubled impresario Cornelius."
Posted Friday 8/31/18 at 10:58PM EDT
Eminem regrets his anti-Trump freestyle on last year's BET Awards
Source: Page Six
On his new album Kamikaze, the rapper's first song "The Ringer" addresses the freestyle. On the track, Eminem raps that he still hates President Trump, “but if I could go back, I’d at least reword it / And say I empathize with the people this evil serpent / Sold the dream to that he’s deserted."
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 5:47PM EDT
Samantha Bee finds Michelle Wolf and Robin Thede cancelations "very disheartening"
Source: The Daily Beast
“I’m really, really sad about it,” the Full Frontal host says of BET canceling The Rundown with Robin Thede and Netflix axing The Break with Michelle Wolf over the past month. Bee tells The Daily Beast: “You have to take time as a network to develop things. If it’s not working for you in the time slot or whatever, you have to give a show more than 10 episodes to find its legs. It’s brutal. Shows need time to find their audience and they need adequate advertising. They need adequate promotional pushes to make that happen.”
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 10:18PM EDT
BET is promoting The Bobby Brown Story by allowing people to enter a 30-foot replica of the singer's head
BET put up the "art installation" as part of New York's Harlem Week to allow potential viewers to enter the "complex and creative mind" of the pop star. Or as a press release put it: “As the public physically enters his mind, they experience 3-dimensional storytelling, passing through his ephemeral thoughts, capturing his highs and lows, surrounded by projection mapped brain synapses and floating 3D holograms of key imagery from his life.”