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2016 Triumph Awards to honor Spike Lee, Diddy, Jermaine Dupri & More!

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The “2016 Triumph Awards” are returning to Atlanta and to TV One for a second year in a row. “Survivor’s Remorse” star Tichina Arnold will host this year’s ceremony that recognizes distinguished individuals and corporations in civil rights, the arts, entertainment, education, business and sports. The annual show is presented by Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network and TV One. 

The year’s awards ceremony will take place at Atlanta’s historic Tabernacle Concert Hall on Sunday, September 18 at 6 p.m. and will honor Sean “Diddy” CombsSpike LeeJermaine DupriAttorney Benjamin Crump, FedEx executive Gina Adams and Mastercard. According to the press release, this year’s honorees have made a positive impact on society by utilizing their talents and resources to help those within under-resourced communities.

Performers and presenters include Nick Cannon, Fantasia, Eric Benet, Joe, BJ the Chicago Kid, Juan and Deborah Joy Winans, V. Bozeman, Jekalyn Carr, NAN Chairman Reverend Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson; Martin Luther King, III, JB Smoove, Dionne Warwick, Marc Lamont Hill, Kandi Burrus, Dondre Whitfield, Angel McCoughtry and Erica Ash. The Mothers of the Movement: Sybrina FultonGwen Carr, Leslie McSpadden and Esaw Snipes Garner will also be featured and Grammy winning-performer Robert Glasper will return as this year’s Musical Director.

Additional participants to be announced at a later date.

The 2016 Triumph Awards will air on TV One on Sunday, October 2 at 7pm ET and encore at 9pm ET.

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Marc Lamont Hill to host new Late Night Talk Show ‘VH1 Live!’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Congrats to media personality Marc Lamont Hill. He is the host of a new VH1 show, “VH1 Live.” The late night series debuts July 17 at 10 p.m. EST.

According to THR, “VH1 Live” will feature Hill’s “raw, street savvy” approach to pop culture, entertainment and gossip. The show’s audience and social media will also play a vital role in the conversation. Hill will also have exclusive access to all of VH1’s superstars and behind-the-scenes buzz on the network’s top rated shows.

Lamont is the host of BET News and a political contributor for CNN. He is the former host of the nationally syndicated television show “Our World With Black Enterprise” and the inaugural host of “Huff Post Live.” He has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Hill is currently a Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College.

“VH1 Live” is being produced by Embassy Row, producers of Andy Cohen‘s “Watch What Happens Live!”

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Karyn White is looking for love in new web series ‘Finding Forever’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Two-time Grammy nominated-singer Karyn White enjoyed major success as in-demand performer during the 80’s and early 90’s. She stayed on the charts with such hits as “The Way You Love Me,” “Romantic,” and “Secret Rendezvous.” Then she stepped away from show business to raise a family with then-husband Terry Lewis and ran a successful real estate company during the late 90’s and into the 2000’s.

Now R&B’s original “Superwoman” is back on the scene and looking to find success as an actress in a new web series titled “Finding Forever.” The singer shared a sneak peek of the “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” inspired drama on Monday (April 25). It features White as an older woman named ‘Terri’ who finds love again with a younger man name ‘Neil’ played by Atlanta model and rising actor Travis Cure. The project is created, written, and directed by Stacey Muhammad and executive produced by Marc Lamont Hill with White also as a producer.

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“I really love this character because I can relate to these insecurities, but yet you have so much wisdom as an older woman. It’s very interesting subject matter, and we’ve been getting a lot of feedback about it. Plus, people love Travis when they see him. It’s like, “Oh my God, who is this chocolate drop?” [laughs].”

White and the show’s creators are currently shopping the pilot around to networks with the hopes of getting it picked up. Is this a story you’d like to see RC fans? Let us know.

Check out the clip below + her full interview about the project as featured on Forbes.com.

Photo Credits: Forbes.com/Courtesy of Karyn White

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BET.com News Launches Weekly Web Series ‘What’s At Stake’ with Marc Lamont Hill

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

As we near Election Day (November 4), what are the issues that need further examination and attention by young African-American voters at the polls? From Education to Voting Rights to Unemployment. This week  BET News tackles the socio-economic and cultural issues that affect our young community with a new weekly web series titled, What’s At Stake  launching on BET.com, Video-On-Demand (VOD) and on BET’s brand app BET Now.

Hosted by BET News correspondent Marc Lamont Hill, the digital series provides a platform for millennial viewers to have a voice and be heard, delving deep into the topics that affect them directly and motivate them to evaluate “What’s At Stake.”

What At Stake  will provide a platform for our audience to connect and explore the issues from various angles including roundtable discussions, continuous conversations on social media, crowd-sourced content topics, and “Meet ups”, where African-American millennials gather to share their views with the host.

The multiplatform series will converge linear, web and social and to ultimately result in a call to action that will improve our communities. On linear, 106 & PARK will interview Hill in a weekly segment about each week’s topic. On the web each new episode will launch online at http://www.bet.com/whatsatstake and on social media viewers can participate by using the hashtag #whatsatstake. Future webisodes will continue to explore the subject matters that, according to them, most concern our community’s young people.

The first webisode will raise the issue of financial aid and features a roundtable conversation with Elle Varner (Singer/Songwriter), Tamika D. Mallory (Community Activist), Orlando Watson (Communications Director for Black Media, Republican National Committee) and Corey Arvinger (Howard University Student).

What’s At Stake  is a BET Networks Production.

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Marc Lamont Hill and KeKe Palmer to host BET News Special ‘Justice for Ferguson’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Every African-American parent’s worst nightmare is materializing as another unarmed black youth is killed by a police officer following a confrontation as he walked down the street. The shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri is a tragically too familiar narrative in Black America. Similar to the Trayvon Martin Case, this tragedy is garnering national attention and galvanizing public outrage and protest across the country.

Hosted by BET News Correspondent Marc Lamont Hill and Actress Keke Palmer, the BET News Special will deconstruct and examine the key elements of the case through first-hand accounts and will present an exclusive sit down interview with the Brown family.  Premiering Friday, August 22 at 7 PM on BET and Simulcasting on Centric at 7 PM the BET News Special “Justice for Ferguson: The Shooting of Michael Brown” will report on all of the elements that are leading this case to reach its fever pitch.

The BET News special traces this story from when it first made headlines to the rallies that mobilized folks to the streets demanding justice.  The special showcases on the ground footage captured walking through a protest with St. Louis native Nelly to the harrowing moments when the crew is caught in the cross-fire as police turn on protesters and journalists with tear gas and rubber bullets. The Justice For Ferguson special will report on new developments in the case including accounts from a witness who says she saw the murder and has raw uncensored never-before-seen footage just moments after the shooting.  Additionally BET News speaks to Missouri Highway Patrol’s Captain Ron Johnson and NAACP member of the national Board of Directors, John Gaskin.

For more info go to BET.com/MichaelBrown and Join the conversation by using hashtags: #BETJustice

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BET + Arise TV Present ‘Stolen Innocence: Your Daughters are our Daughters’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The sexual exploitation of children has become the third largest money generator for organized crimes, exceeding the sale of illegal firearms and drugs.

BET Networks in association with Arise TV will address this global issue in the BET News Special “STOLEN INNOCENCE: YOUR DAUGHTERS ARE OUR DAUGHTERS” premiering Friday, May 23 at 7PM ET/PT on BET and Saturday, May 24 at 10 PM ET/ 7 PM PT on CENTRIC. Moderated by Lola Ogunnaike and Marc Lamont Hill, the one-hour community town hall forum will focus on the recent kidnappings of nearly 300 Nigerian school girls, the global response to this crisis and the rising exploitation of children around the world.

Taped Saturday, May 17, 2014 in Atlanta at Turner Studios, the town hall special will expand the conversation past the current headlines of the Nigerian kidnappings and explore how the human trafficking crisis is affecting our communities on a global scale and its ties to many cities in the United States, including Atlanta. Panelists include Nicole Ari Parker (Actress and Activist), Tasha Smith (Actress and Activist), Ony Nwaohuocha (Attorney and Journalist), Emelia Orubele (President/CEO American Nigerian International Chamber of Commerce), Omoyele Sowore (Journalist), Temeka Weatherly (Director at Wellspring Living), Leah Albright-Byrd (Survivor and Founder of Bridget’s Dream).

Additional participants in the town hall include Dr. Bernice King (Minister) and India.Arie (Singer, Activist). Arise TV reporter Charles Aniagolu will be on the ground in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, to provide an update on the recent kidnappings.

Click here for more information. #OurDaughters.

Photo Credit: BET.com