Female rap icon MC Lyte is starring in the new reality-series, Hip-Hop Sisters

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Last weekend when I attended the Atlanta preview of Being Mary Jane, the series’ creator, writer and producer, Mara Brock Akil indicated that BET was re-branding itself through new programming and original series.  So it’s no surprise to us that the network has green lit four new unscripted pilots including one from Mara and her directing husband, Salim Akil.

Here is a brief synopsis of each show below:

“Hip-Hop Sisters” is an unscripted program that features six female rappers: MC Lyte, Yo Yo, Lady of Rage, Smooth, Monie Love and Lil Mama, as they attempt to re-launch their careers.

Kirk Franklin“Gone Gospel” is hosted by Sunday Best’s Kirk Franklin (left). The multi-Grammy-winner oversees a group of singers who are sent through a “Gospel Boot Camp” to help revive their careers.

“Internal Affairs” takes a look at true crime stories that focus on cops investigating their own.

“Back to Me with Jeanette Jenkins”  is being described as a makeover show centered on Hollywood trainer and fitness expert, Jeanette Jenkins. She is responsible for the rock hard bodies of such A-list clients as Serena Williams, Kimora Lee Simmons and Kelly Rowland. This project is being produced by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil.

Also look for BET to premiere an original program based on Clement Virgo’s adaptation of Lawrence Hill’s award-winning bestseller, The Book of Negros.  According to Indie Wire, BET owns USA broadcast rights to a miniseries that will most likely air in 2014.

Kudos to BET and looking forward to the new programming!

What are your thoughts about BET upcoming programs? Will you be watching?