Women are constantly dominating everything, including TV viewership so it is only right we have a channel that caters strictly to us. The TV One Network is launching a new channel called Cleo (or Chleo). The channel will focus on women as its key demographic and audience. The channel is set to release sometime this year and will include both scripted and non-scripted programs. In a press release the network states, “BET was really able to capitalize off of BET Her. TV One wants to expand its programming and target a female audience too.” Before BET Her was the official channel it went through a lot of rebranding. In 1996 the channel was known as BET on Jazz as a spin off to its sister station BET. In 2006 the channel changed again to BET J with a shift in focus from jazz to a general interest channel. Later on in 2009, the channel changed once again to Centric, which focused on general entertainment with lifestyle and music programming targeting “upscale” African Americans. Finally after several failed attempts to revive the dying channel, in 2017 Centric became BET Her with a focus on women. In 2017 BET viewership was at 475,000, which is higher than it was in 2016. See what happens when you decide to listen to women!#bether#cleo#tvoneBET
The first ever social media awards aired live on BET and featured popular internet famous comedians, vloggers, musicians and more displaying their talents on a larger stage. Amanda Seales, commedian, actress and woman of many talents took the stage and performed an empowering spoken word about black girl magic.
Amanda Seales has used her social media platforms to clap-back at racism and sexism, share comedic stories, drop some stylish outfits and express her passionate opinions on a variety of subjects. Her voice aligns perfectly with many social media superstars who never shy away from sharing what they deem important and do so on their own terms.
Seale’s who most recent appearances include starring as the bad and bougie Tiffany DuBiois on HBO’s Insecure performs this original work without hesistance. While performing, Seales stood solely on a BET stage with minimal lighting, only the tag #blackgirlmagic lit up in her background. The spoken word wonderfully uses African American Vernacular English, pop culture and historical references and an unapologetic vibe.
Watch the entire spoken word below:
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(Feel free to repost) #BlackGirlMagic By: Amanda Seales First of all We make this look easy Us black girls with all kindsa curls Smellin a cocoa butter Out here every damn day savin the world. Time and time again We find the ways and means Between packing lunches, planning launches, and *act out* patting weaves To get information And stay in FORMATION, “Girl you heard what they’re sayin?” “Ain’t no games to be playin”. So we show up And show out And Turn up And, “turn this motha out” And flip it And Yasssss biiihhhh Throw sideyes Gather Get folks all the way together With edges still in place Skin defying time and space They call it magic cuz ain’t no way to explain our *sing* “amazing grace” How sweet the sound Of a black girl’s point of a view Knowing that nobody does it like we do, boo Pride in our power Strength in our strides You can attempt to imitate But soul you cannot buy. We work twice as hard And must be twice as perfect, Purveyors of potent truths We deliver in small doses Cuz folks is, shook when she’s movin “OH NO, IT’S ANOTHER ANGRY BLACK WOMAN!” Bump that We’re not hostile, We’re passionate; Clappin back is our way of declaring (claps) we aint havin it They go low, we go high They say no, we defy They didn’t want us to read Kept us out of libraries they built Now we are the biggest buyers of books So, we can read you for filth!!! Our magic is in our love and tears Our fears and our flyness Our sistahoods and insecurities Our ride or, don’t even try it. We are not the one, And still we rise, This is for colored girls who’ve considered gettin your life and are RECLAIMING OUR TIME Copywrite DivaWorks Inc 2018
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Fans of BET’s hit drama Being Mary Jane were dissapointed when it was announced that the show would be cancelled. The Gabrielle Union lead series followed the life of Mary Jane as she navigated her personal and professional worlds which often collided. Although a series ending may not be what viewers want, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
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To Every Fan of Being Mary Jane, We have all worked so tirelessly to bring you a show that we could be proud to be a part of. Mary Jane has become my favorite character. We've screwed up together, laughed together, evolved together, and raised hell together. I love all her imperfections, and through playing her I became more forgiving of others who are imperfect and on the journey of self discovery and improvement. We watched her struggle with relationships with both men and women, and we watched her finally start to get her shit together. But the journey isn't over yet. We, as a Being Mary Jane family, cannot wait to bring you this final 2 hour series finale movie that will answer all your questions about each and every character. More than anything, however, we want to thank you with every fiber of our being for faithfully watching the show and supporting our work… from the actors, writers, producers, directors and enormous crew over the years, we are humbled and we remain grateful. Thank you!
Being Mary Jane will end with a two hour long finale and production is underway. The finale, filmed in Atlanta, GA. is projected to air, Fall 2018. Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy, Lisa Vidal, Richard Roundtree and the remainder of the Being Mary Jane will be joined by Morris Chesnut for the series ending.
Executively produced by Gabrielle Union, Mara Brock Akil, Salim Akil and Jeff Morrone, the finale is being written by Patrik-Ian Polk, Devon K. Shepard and Alyson Fouse. Directed by Adam Shankman, the movie finale is also co-executive produced by Polk and Alexander A. Motlagh.
For updates on the series finale, fans are instructed to visit the official page at BET.com/beingmaryjane, Facebook.com/beingmaryjane and following the show @BeingMaryJane on Twitter.Being Mary JaneBETGabrielle Unionmorris chesnut
Beverly Bond, the creator of the impeccable BET awards show, Black Girls Rock has a great surprise for all of us black girls. On February 28th, “Black Girls Rock: Owning Our Magic. Rocking Our Truth“, will be hitting the bookshelves!
The book can be described as a tribute to the achievements and contributions of Black women around the world. Some of our favorite women have contributed to the work.
“Moguls Cathy Hughes, Suzanne Shank and Serena Williams recount stories of steadfastness, determination, diligence, dedication and the will to win. Erykah Badu, Toshi Reagon, Mickalane Thomas, Solange Knowles-Ferguson, and Rihanna offer insights on creativity and how they use it to stay in tune with their magic. Pioneering writers Rebecca Walker, Melissa Harris-Perry, and Joan Morgan speak on modern-day black feminist thought. Lupita Nyong’o, Susan Taylor, and Bethann Hardison affirm the true essence of holistic beauty. And Iyanla Vanzant reinforces Black Girl Magic in her powerful pledge. Through these and dozens of other unforgettable testimonies, Black Girls Rock! is an ode to black girl ambition, self-love, empowerment, and healing.”
The book is filled with essays, affirmations, and beautiful photos that tell the story of black women who rock!
Beverly aims to affirm, elevate, and celebrate the unique narratives and rich experiences of Black women and girls around the world for generations to come. The book will be released by Atria Publishing Group imprint 37 INK.
Get your #blackgirlmagic on and pre-order your copy now here.BETblack girl magicblack girls rockBooks
With Being Mary Jane coming to an end on BET and Survivor’s Remorse done at Starz, one of the latter show’s stars, Erica Ash, will lead a new show for BET.
She will star in a legal drama, called In Contempt. The show has a 10-episode, straight-to-series order at the network.
According to THR, “The procedural is in the fast-paced world of a legal aid office in New York City and follows Gwen Sullivan (Ash), an opinionated attorney whose passion for her job and clients make her arguably the most talented public defender in her district.”
Aside from Ash, it will also star:
- Megan Hutchings as Tracy Campbell, a public defender and Gwen’s friend and roommate.
- Christian Keyes as Charlie Riggs, an attorney with an ego who is Gwen’s boss and friend with benefits.
- Mouna Traoré as Vanessa Winters, a rookie attorney learning what it means to be woke.
- Tobias Truvillion as Bennett Sherman, Gwen’s longtime secret crush and former law professor.
- Richard Lawson as Earl Sullivan, Gwen’s father.
- Ronnie Rowe Jr. as Gwen’s professional nemesis
- Daniel Kash, as Gwen’s boss.
Terri Kopp (Law & Order, BET’s Rebel) is the showrunner. Lance Samuels and Daniel Iron exec produce. BET fully owns this show.
This is a part of BET continuing to build up their original, scripted programming. They are airing the new seasons of Hit the Floor and The Breaks (which originally ran on sister station VH1), and a new season of The Quad.
Ash is also starring in the upcoming film, Uncle Drew, with Lil Rel Howery.
Many people come to Los Angeles to pursue their dreams. Reginald Nelson wanted to be a screenwriter. In 2004, Nelson took a leap of faith and moved here from Chicago to develop his career in show business.
It didn’t go exactly as planned. “I was deteriorating mentally because of the stress. There was no outlet for me,” Nelson said.
After a few years and a series of personal and professional setbacks, Nelson’s life was falling apart. “I was clinically depressed. I was bombing in interviews, and my memory and my mood swings (were) out of whack. I was like, ‘What’s wrong with me?,'” he said.
Nelson put his stuff in storage and lived with a friend for awhile a bit, but he didn’t want to impose on his friends, so he ended sleeping on a park bench. “I was still kind of in denial that this is happening to me. I’m just going to pull myself up,” he said.
One day, he decided to get help at Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row, where one doctor’s visit changed his life.
Fast forward to today, and Reginald Nelson has his own podcast and soon will get his first big break with a new pilot for BET.BETReginald NelsonSkidrow
On Friday, February 17th at 8:00PM ET., BET and the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is set to present the American Black Film Festival Honors, highlighting the incredible achievements of some incredible black men and women in the movie industry.
For this year’s show, BET and ABFF will be honoring five different actors and actresses that have broken down barriers this year in more ways than one.
With the beautiful and talented Regina Hall handling hosting duties for the exciting event, BET and ABFF will celebrate some of Hollywood’s most iconic artists. First up is the veteran role model Denzel Washington, who will be appropriately given the “Hollywood Legacy Award” for his work this year in Fences and The Magnificent Seven. The growingly popular Issa Rae will be awarded with the Rising Star Award after she broke onto the scene this year and even became the center of the “Issa…” trend we see on social media. Both Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray and popular TV show host and actor Terrence Howard will take home the Excellence in the Arts Award” for their sheer brilliance in the movie and entertainment world.
In addition to those honorees, BET announces that Viola Davis, Lee Daniels, Common, Morris Chestnut and Omari Hardwick are on board to present during the annual ceremony. Attendees and viewers will also get to enjoy sultry performances from crooners Maxwell and Dionne Farris, who will each take the stage during the night.
This year’s nominees for Movie of the Year and TV Show of the Year feature some fierce competition due to the fact that each nominee is worthy of winning the award. Here are the nominees for each category:
“Movie of the Year”:
• THE BIRTH OF A NATION (Fox Searchlight)
• FENCES (Paramount)
• HIDDEN FIGURES (20th Century Fox)
• MOONLIGHT (A24)
• QUEEN OF KATWE (The Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
“Television Show of the Year”:
• ATLANTA (FX)
• BLACK-ish (ABC)
• INSECURE (HBO)
• POWER (STARZ)
• QUEEN SUGAR (OWN)
The winners for each category is based on fan-voting, as well as a vote from a blue ribbon panel made up of executives, film makers and film critics. As we said, each of these nominees are deserving of the award, so let’s see who prevails!
What’s guaranteed to be a night to remember, BET and ABFF are poised to make their 2017 award show the best one yet. Jeff Friday, the CEO of ABFF Ventures, had this to say:
“We are excited to partner with BET again for the 2017 American Black Film Festival Honors. The show is a crucial platform, highlighting the efforts and successes of African American talent in film and television. This year will celebrate the remarkable works of some of today’s most sought after actors, directors and producers.”
Be sure to tune into BET on Wednesday, February 22nd at 8:00PM ET. to enjoy the 2017 American Black Film Festival Honors!
For more information, visit: www.ABFFHonors.com #abffhonors
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It’s so bittersweet to say goodbye to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, this couple has immensely impacted America with their love and happiness.
Last Saturday during Dave Chappelle’s monologue on SNL he mentioned a very special time he spent in the White House. He painted a beautiful picture with his words, describing what he saw and felt that night in the West Wing of the White house surrounded by beautiful black people.
“I saw all those black faces … and I saw how happy everybody was, these people who had been historically disenfranchised. It made me feel hopeful and it made me proud to be an American.” – Dave Chappelle
We were able to get a sneak peak of this magical night as BET hosted Love and Happiness: An Obama Celebration. Live performances have always been a part of the White House traditions, and President Obama says it is one they will truly miss: “It’s with a little bit of bitter-sweetness that this is our final musical evening as president and First Lady.”
The event was hosted by Terrence J and Regina Hall who compared the Obama’s leaving The White House to AJ and Free leaving 106 & Park. The musical celebration served as a “a love letter to the president and first lady” and featured uplifting performances from Jill Scott, Janelle Monaé, Common, Usher, Bell Biv DeVoe, The Roots, De La Soul, Yolanda Adams, Michelle Williams, Kierra Sheard, and former Hamilton star Leslie Odom, Jr. Songs filled with hope and honor were performed like the Oscar-winning Glory to Adams, and Sheard and Williams got down to Jesus Can Work It Out.
Obama tells the audience that the evening was not just about “black music”.
“This is an essential part of the American experience. It’s a mirror (of) who we are, and a reminder of who we can be.” – President Barack Obama
This remarkable night and the Obama’s remarkable 8 years in office serves as a strong reminder that we are going to be alright, in the great words of Kendrick Lamar. Through resilience, love, and happiness African-Americans and minorities across the nation will persevere.
See some footage below from the memorable event.
— COMMON (@common) November 15, 2016
— Nadia Raymond (@NadiaR5) November 14, 2016
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— Leslie Odom, Jr. (@leslieodomjr) November 15, 2016
Twitter had a major announcement yesterday when they announced that Debra Lee, CEO of BET, would be joining their Board of Directors.
“Thrilled to be joining the @twitter board,” Lee tweeted out yesterday. “It’s transformed the media and the world like few other things in history (and continues to)!!”
In addition to serving as BET’s CEO for the last 10 years, Debra Lee has had a well-respected career.
Before joining the network, Lee was an attorney at Steptoe & Johnson for five years, won the Vanguard Award from the National Cable & Telecommunications Association in 2003, as well as Woman of the Year Award from Women in Cable and Telecommunications in 2001. She also has a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s from Harvard’s JFK School of Government, as well as a law degree.
Is there any doubt that she was fit for a BoD spot at Twitter? We think not..
Congratulations to Debra Lee and Twitter on this new addition!
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Brandy Norwood and Kelly Rowland certainly have a lot to be happy about. Each of these women will headline their respective shows set to air on BET in the near future. Rowland shared the great news about her new show, “Chasing Destiny” on her Twitter account by tweeting:
— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) April 20, 2015
“Chasing Destiny” will highlight young women seeking to make it big in the music industry. In search of the next big sensation, Ms. Rowland will provide tips and tricks to these young ladies striving for musical excellence.
A recent statement from BET also shared that Norwood will also headline a new television show, Zoe Moon. The scripted series will focus on Brandy’s character, Zoe Moon, a newly divorced single mom embarking on her new life and career as a fledgling cosmetics mogul.
What do you think? Will you be tuning in? Tweet us or leave a comment below.BETBrandyKelly RowlandShows
On Sunday (March 29) our timelines were flooded with amazing women of color as they gathered for the annual Black Girls Rock Award Show. This year, among the attendees was our very own first lady, Michelle Obama and there’s no doubt that she is a black girl and she certainly rocks.
Each year the organization recognizes inspiring black women that serve as positive images and figures in out nation. Mrs. Obama graced our twitter and instagram accounts in a white form-fitting Zac Posen corset dress. Video footage has surfaced of Mrs. Obama’s powerful speech for young women of color around the world where she proudly declares, “Black girls rock!”
“I am so excited to be here at Black Girls Rock! To all the young women here tonight and all across the country, let me say those words again. Black girls rock! We rock!
No matter where you come from, you are beautiful. You are powerful. You are funny. Let me tell you I am so proud of you. My husband, your president, is so proud of you. And we have such big hopes and dreams for every single one of you. I know that’s not always the message you get from the world. I know there are voices that tell you have to look a certain way—act a certain way. That if you speak up you’re too loud. If you step up to lead, you’re being bossy.”
Check out the video above and be sure to watch Black Girls Rock! 2015 Award Show this Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 7P/6C.BETblack girls rockMichelle Obama
Karen Civil is a driving force in this digital renaissance. Her story of bravery, risk taking and, most importantly, hard work can serve as a lesson for almost anyone working to turn their dreams into reality.
What started out as a hobby has transformed Karen’s life in ways she never imagined. Her story is a remarkable one – a young lady from Elizabeth, New Jersey that turned what she loved doing into a career and blueprint for others to follow.
In a recent episode with #BLX, Karen takes us back to the very block she grew up on and gives us insight to her childhood years. “This was a staple of my childhood. This is where my dreams started. This is the foundation of who Karen Civil is,” she explains.
#BLX is a BET series that takes celebrities and notable individuals back to their old stomping grounds allowing them to share memories, inspirations and influences of their youth.
Check out Karen’s episode above and be sure to stop by #BLX for more videos of the Civil Life.#BLXBETkaren civilStorytelling