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Posted Thursday 7/05/18 at 8:54PM EDT
BET docuseries prompts Las Vegas police to re-examine the Tupac Shakur killing
In an interview for the docuseries Death Row Chronicles that aired in February, Keffe D (aka Duane Keith Davis) said he was in the front seat when the iconic rapper was murdered in a 1996 drive-by shooting. Davis' cousin was one of the men investigated for the killing.
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Jamie Foxx seemed to be hosting the BET Awards as if his career depended on it
"Rarely has a celebrity tasked with moving along a televised awards show taken as much pleasure in the job as Foxx appeared to during this three-hour special broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles," says Mikael Wood of last night's awards show, adding: "The host’s high visibility was all the more remarkable given that some observers had questioned Foxx’s participation this month after a woman accused him of sexual assault— a charge clearly at odds with the reputation the BETs have established in recent years as a locus of progressive politics. (Foxx has denied that he assaulted anyone.)"
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 10:55PM EDT
BET apologizes after sending a tweet mocking Kesha's new allegation that Dr. Luke raped Katy Perry
“Hide ya wife, hide ya kids, they raping er’body here! ALLEGEDLY!” BET's account tweeted. The network later released a statement of apology, telling Variety: “BET Networks does not condone language that makes light of sexual assault. This post should never have been written and we apologize for the post. We have deleted the tweet and are conducting an internal investigation of this serious matter.”
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 9:39PM EDT
BET is posting all six episodes of its short-lived 2010 Black Panther animated series to Facebook
The animated series, which has garnered new interest thanks to the Ryan Coogler Marvel movie, featured an all-star cast of voices, including Kerry Washington, Djimon Hounsou, Alfre Woodard, Jill Scott and Phil Morris.
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
BET and MTV will show Janelle Monáe's new short film ahead of her album release
Dirty Computer: An Emotion Picture revolves around a “young woman named Jane 57821 (Monáe), who is living in a totalitarian near-future society where citizens are referred to as ‘computers.’”
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
BET orders T.I. reality competition, plus docuseries on the 1992 Olympic Dream Team and 1990s girl groups
The NBA and USA Basketball will help make the docuseries Dream Team on the United States Olympic basketball team that dominated the 1992 Summer Olympics with Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. BET has also ordered the docuseries Ladies Night, which will delve into the girl groups of the 1990s, including En Vogue, Spinderella, SWV and Salt-N-Pepa. Rapper T.I., meanwhile, will helm The Grand Hustle, which will have contestants competing in Atlanta to become the next big hustler.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
BET orders Dwayne Johnson-produced docuseries Finding Justice
Johnson is teaming with his ex-wife/manager Dany Garcia on a six-episode docuseries focusing on African Americans fighting injustices throughout the country.
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 1:35PM EDT
BET is adapting Eddie Murphy's Boomerang and making a drama on the life of Soul Train's Don Cornelius
"Premium scripted content" is the goal with the pickup of three new series: a half-hour comedy based on Murphy's 1992 movie Boomerang, American Soul based on Cornelius' life and the comedy Peachtree Place about five 30-somethings in Atlanta.. "The shows that have been most successful on BET are all scripted," says new BET president Scott Mills.
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 1:45PM EDT
BET cancels The Quad after two seasons
The Anika Noni Rose-starring drama set in a historical black college struggled in the ratings in Season 2.
Posted Wednesday 3/14/18 at 1:13PM EDT
MTV, Nickelodeon and other Viacom networks went dark for 17 minutes to support of National Walkout Day against gun violence
Both MTV and Comedy Central changed their logos to orange, the color that connotes gun violence awareness in support of the student walkouts.
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 2:09PM EDT
BET's The Bobby Brown Story finds its Whitney Houston
Rosewood alum Gabrielle Dennis will play the iconic singer on the two-part BET miniseries.
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 3:15AM EST
CBS is poised to reunite with MTV, BET, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon under a proposed merger with Viacom
A reunion could benefit both companies, especially since Viacom’s cable channels have a big international footprint while giving a boost to CBS All Access. CBS and Viacom split into separate companies in 2005.
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 9:48PM EST
BET's Black Card Revoked tests the blackness of its contestants
Comedian Tony Rock hosts the comedy game show, premiering tonight, featuring celebrity guests playing the Black Card Revoked card game.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 11:05PM EST
Actor playing Bobby Brown in BET miniseries says despite his warts-and-all portrayal, he received the singer’s blessing
The Bobby Brown Story's Woody McClain, a professional dancer who has performed with Brown, says all the controversies will be explored, including the singer’s trouble with drugs, his kinky love life, his problems with Whitney Houston and the death of daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown. “We go all the way — anything it takes to get the job done that is what we are going to do,” McClain said of the follow-up to The New Edition Story. “Viewers will be so shocked. We are talking about everything we know and everything we don’t know.”
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:01PM EST
BET’s Mancave announces its all-male cast
Each episode of the Steve Harvey-produced late-night talk show will feature new celebrity guests in a male-centric discussion. The cast includes R&B singer Tank, comic Gerald “Slink” Johnson and record producer Marcos “Kosine” Palacios.