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Diddy, Lil Kim And Faith Evans’ EPIC Bad Boy Anniversary BET Awards 2015 Performance

June 29th, 2015 by Lifestyle Staff



If you missed one of the biggest entertainment shows the year, don’t worry – we’ve got the single greatest moment from the show that will make you feel like you were front and center live from the BET Awards in LA. The performance, celebrating the label’s 20th anniversary, featured Lil’ Kim, 112, Mase, Faith Evans, French Montana,  as well as verses from the late Notorious B.I.G.


 Check out the biggest performance of the year below!


I mean, I had a full on nostalgia moment and completely relived summer of 2007 thanks to this performance!

“I thought I told you that we won’t stop,” –  Diddy (well said, Puff, well said indeed.)

Could we actually see an official Bad Boy Anniversary reunion tour in the making?  I’m here for it!


BET Awards 2015 — the Biggest Night in Entertainment — is EXPLODING LIVE  hosted by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. With stars like Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Fetty Wap, Charlie Wilson, Janelle Mon`ae, The Weeknd and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Smokey Robinson—all took entertainment to a whole new level.


Did you watch the show? Share your favorite BET Awards moments from the show in the comments section below.

NYFW Kicks Off Stylishly With First Ever BET on Fashion Event [VIDEO]

September 9th, 2014 by Christen

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New York Fashion Week is in full swing and it kicked off with a stylish bang with BET Networks first ever BET on Fashion event in New York City.


Last week, BET Networks kicked off New York Fashion Week in style with their “BET On Fashion” show at Espace in midtown. The exclusive event featured seven rising designers, Viktor Luna, Helen Castillo, Natt Taylor, St. Frimpong, Jacinta Ligon, Andrew Nowell and Tashia Senn, giving them an opportunity to showcase their eclectic designs, work and passion.


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BET on Fashion Designers strike a post before the show.



Guests arrived in style as the pre-fashion week event ushered a preview of what fashion enthusiasts would see throughout the 7-day experience known as fashion week.  Since the event kicked off all the fashion fun first, there was no shortage of bloggers, editors and who’s who in fashion in attendance during the BET on Fashion event.  Check out the all the event fun below.


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Fashion enthusiasts, celebrities and style experts got their first looks at the phenomenal designs and trends sure to take next Spring season by storm.  In attendance included Elle Varner, Tai Beauchamp, Carla Hall, Debra Lee, Amanda Seales, Devyn Abdullah, Emil Wilbekin, Mikki Taylor, Lola Ogunnaike, Africa Miranda and more who enjoyed the show as well as the post event reception.  Overall, this evening of fashion was a great send off for fashionistas into New York Fashion Week fun and many of us are looking forward to the next BET of Fashion event soon.


What do you think about BET on Fashion?  Did you spot your favorite celebrities or designer looks at the BET on Fashion event?  What were your favorite NYFW designer moments this year? Share your thoughts below?


SCANDAL: Kerry Washington’s As Olivia Pope Returns Early on BET

July 15th, 2013 by Christen

SCANDAL:  Kerry Washington’s As Olivia Pope Returns Early on BET


If you’re anything like me, you’ve been sulking all summer long for lack of earth-shattering programming on television.  Just yesterday, I had a Scandal itch that just couldn’t be scratched and the fact that I had to wait until Fall programming began had me feeling as hopeless.  Lucky for me and self-proclaimed Gladiators alike – BET has officially gained rights to air ABC’s hit drama Scandal and repeat episodes of the first two seasons will start playing on the network this summer.

Once season three of the political series begins this fall, the network will also air new episodes eight days after they premiere on ABC. If Scandalcontinues to run beyond season three, BET will have permission to show those episodes as well.


“We’re thrilled to be joining forces with ABC in airing this dynamic series,” BET chairman Debra Lee told Hollywood Reporter. “Scandal is a cultural phenomenon that has resonated with viewers for the past two seasons and we’re excited to be part of it’s continued journey.”

BET will kick things off with a Scandalmarathon this August.

via Essence

BET Experience 2013: Celebs, Convos & Powered By Cadillac

July 5th, 2013 by Christen


Last weekend was such a whirlwind of excitement!  I was treated to A-list celebrity treatment by the Cadillac team which included a luxury hotel suite at the London West hotel, travel accommodations in the new Cadillac SRX and culinary experiences including breakfast at Chef Gordon Ramsey’s, brunch at The Ivy and dinner at Villa Blanca.


On Saturday, I attended the Cadillac Conversations media brunch held at the esteemed Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant in West Hollywood.  Hosted by Don Butler – Vice President for Strategic Development & Vivian Pickard – President of the General Motors Foundation, brunch attendees enjoyed candid conversations about the philanthropy, progress and future of the Cadillac brand.


Don Butler, Vivian Pickard & Jocelyn Allen hosts the BET Experience Edition of Cadillac and Conversations.


Media guests included, Patrice Yursik, Flo Anthony and Amy Duboise Barnett


Chatting it up with guests about the BET Experience and Cadillac Conversations

Continuing in the day, I got the chance to re-visit my radio roots during the BET Experience Radio Row Broadcast.  Chances are, if your favorite DJ has broadcasted LIVE from the BET Awards, they’ve done so from the BET Experience Radio Row.  The BET Experience Radio Row is a large backstage area where DJs and radio stations from around the world set up to broadcast their local shows with celebrity interviews participating during the BET Awards.  It was quite a surprise to run into fellow colleagues from Detroit, Charlotte and Chicago radio stations – it was like a surreal “This Was Your Life” (Radio Edition) moment hanging out with your old broadcast buddies.

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Hanging with Deon Cole – Music Director of Power 98 WPEG (Charlotte, NC)


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Catching up with Connie (Midday personality) from V-103 in Chicago


Can anyone tell me why the "All Gold Everything" rapper Trinidad James is wearing a Katz Deli apron?

Can anyone tell me why the “All Gold Everything” rapper Trinidad James is wearing a Katz Deli apron?


Later that evening during PRE BET Awards Dinner hosted by BET Networks CEO Debra Lee and Rapper/Real Househusbands of Hollywood co-star Nelly.  Sponsored by Cadillac, I got the chance to walk the red carpet and speak with some of the celebrities about life, upcoming projects and their love affair with the Cadillac brand.  Check out more from the red carpet below.



The whirlwind weekend came to a close on Sunday with the BET Awards Show broadcast – hosted by Chris Tucker and was undoubtedly my favorite BET Experience to date.  Check out some of my favorite moments from the 2013 BET Awards, including the Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Charlie Wilson (and performances) HERE.

Am I a lucky girl or what?  I got the chance of a lifetime to hang out with Cadillac during one of the most exciting times in Los Angeles and that’s just a snippet of my entire exciting experience.  Did you watch the BET Awards or catch the BET Live Experience in Los Angeles?  What were some of your favorite moments from this year’s BET Experience?



 Images via Chuck Holliday

Cadillac, Justin Timberlake & Charlie Wilson Shuts Down The 2013 BET Awards (Photos & Video)

July 3rd, 2013 by Christen

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One of the most unforgettable performances of the 2013 BET Awards began with Justin Timberlake presenting R&B legend Charlie Wilson with the Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award

Charlie Wilson has made an unforgettable contribution to R&B, funk and soul music for nearly 50 years.  As lead singer of TheGap Band and later as a solo artist, he paved the way for artists like Aaron Hall, R. Kelly and Snoop Dogg.  Wilson has been celebrated throughout the decades for his trailblazing carer.  In 2009, he received the Soul Train Icon Award and Billboard’s R&B Adult Artist of the Year.  And this year, BET honors him with the illustrious Lifetime Achievement Award.


India. Arie opened the moving tribute to Wilson with “There Goes My Baby” while Jamie Foxx blessed the crowd with the favorite “Yearning For Your Love.”  The legendary Stevie Wonder then took the stage and energized the audience with the funky “Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me).”

Wilson joined TimberlakeSnoop Lion and Pharrell for 2003’s “Beautiful,” a hit that reintroduced Wilson to a new generation of fans along with knock-out renditions of “Signs,” “You Dropped A Bomb On Me” and “Girl You Knock Me Out,” bringing the crowd to its feet.

What’s your favorite Uncle Charlie jam?

In Case You Missed It: BET Rip The Runway In Review

March 21st, 2013 by Nigel

Last night the fashion & entertainment event Rip The Runway aired nationwide on BET. Hosted by Kelly Rowland and Boris Kodjoe the show featured some jaw dropping designs from Rihanna for River Island,  MSFTS, Mochino, Shanda Style, Boris’s own line Alfa and more. Accompanying these haute looks were performances from todays hottest artist, Sevyn Streeter, Luke James, Trinidad James and a host of other artists.



Our favorite collection from the show was Rihanna for River Island, which was made up of black maxi garment with high slits, black and white stripes, a vibrant pop of yellow and that notorious double denim piece that had everybody in fashion talking. MSFTS, Lie Sang Bong, and the size sexy segment were also standouts as well.
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BET Rip The Runway
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Our favorite trend throughout Rip The Runway was the high heel gladiator shoe. This trend that was seen on the runways in New York, London, Milan, and Paris came in the forms of Versace and Cesare Pacitto during the show. The well heeled models definitely were a strong point during the show.
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Of course BET brought in some of fashion most influential people, including Style Ambassador of InStyle Tia Beauchamp, Blogger Dapper Lou, and Socialite Angela Simmons to help with different Rip The Runway segments throughout the show.
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We want to here your thoughts on this years BET Rip The Runway, did you love the fashion this year or were you disappointed with the runway looks. Did you see any pieces you want to throw in your closets, or did you want to throw it in the garbage, sound off below.

BET’s 9th Annual Rip the Runway Taping With Boris Kodjoe, Kelly Rowland And More!

February 28th, 2013 by Tiffany



Boris Kodjoe and Kelly Rowland


BET has done it again with their ninth annual fashion event, Rip The Runway, filmed Wednesday night at the historic Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC! With a sexy venue, two stunning hosts, and a variety of new and popular performers, BET had the perfect recipe for another successful year for Rip The Runway! Following a performance at the Super Bowl and taking over the awards scene with appearances at the Grammy Awards and the Academy Awards, superstar Kelly Rowland brought her fashion sense and rising sex appeal to Rip The Runway. Co-host and “Real Husbands of Hollywood” star Boris Kodjoe, added the muscles and just as much sex appeal to bring this year’s show to another level of sexy.



Boris Kodjoe


Boris not only brought his muscles and sexiness, but he also premiered his clothing line, Alfa Male, on the Rip The Runway stage. (This will be his second attempt at a successful line of clothing after he and his younger brother released Ziami in Germany back in 2003 and did a soft release in Atlanta in 2008. You can find more on his clothing line here

Between Meek Mills, Jaden Smith, Trinidad James, Omarion, and Luke James BET had the perfect combination of talent and sex appeal, mixed with elite industry models and fresh fashion for the entire studio audience to enjoy.  Jaden Smith proved that he is definitely talented and ready to make his mark in this industry as a performer and designer.  Be on the look out for his new collection and very special model-sister Willow making an appearance down the catwalk once Rip The Runway airs March 20, 2013 at 8 PM EST.
Jaden Smith talks with BET’s 106 & Park


BET Rip The Runway Red Carpet Arrivals:


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Maybach Music Group’s own Rick Ross
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Meek Mill and Kelly Rowland
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Bria Murphy
Teyana Taylor with BFF Karrueche Tran.
Jada Pinkett Smith with son Jaden
Sibling Bond: Willow and Jaden Smith






Red Carpet Fab And Gems of Wisdom from the BET 2013 Inaugural Ball

January 23rd, 2013 by Lifestyle Staff



Following President Obama’s Inaugural Ceremony and Parade, BET and Centric Networks celebrated in style at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery with dazzling celebs, style influencers, community leaders, and media personalities from across the globe. Live performances included Bell Biv Devoe, Doug E. Fresh, and MC Lyte. It was clear from the reflections on the red carpet that stars from Hollywood to DC heard the President’s message of diversity, equality and inclusion loud and clear.



Having been in DC for the President’s first Inauguration in 2009, Access Hollywood Weekend Anchor Shaun Robinson found this time to be just as thrilling as the last. She was in awe “this incredible man, who has such a wonderful vision for our country,” gets another chance to continue his legacy. She spoke of being inspired by the President’s words of personal responsibility and making sure that we don’t have a glass ceiling.


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NAACP President Ben Jealous


NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous remarked that Black women and men, as well as white trade unions, turned out in record numbers—defying expectations—to re-elect Barack Obama. Now he says, it’s time that people of color “internalize that we have the ability to determine who is President and we have the ability to determine the direction for this country.” Both MC Lyte and Tatyana Ali felt the same way. MC Lyte calls on us to be “participatory in the outcomes that affect us” and Tatyana wants young women to realize how powerful we truly are.


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MC Lyte


BET Inaugural Ball Tatyana Ali

Tatyana Ali


She explained, “Our lives are political. Politics is human interaction. Politics actually works properly when we all get involved, when we’re all included.” Tatyana urges young women to stay engaged and to speak out because we can be a voice to change the minds and perspectives of the people around us. Awurama Simpson, Miss Universe Ghana (2010), and Sandra Nyanchoka, Finalist on America’s Next Top Model (Cycle 12) work with young women globally to promote education and inner beauty. They want for young women to not be afraid to go after their dreams. “Education can take you anywhere and makes anyone who they want to become in life, and makes their dreams possible,” says Simpson.


BET Inaugural Ball Awurama Simpson and Sandra Nyanchoka

Awurama Simpson and Sandra Nyanchoka


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Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker

Actors Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker, founders of Sophie’s Voice Foundation, a charitable organization serving children and adults affected by the birth defect spina bifida, believe that “it’s important to dispel the myths around Obamacare” during this second term, “for people to really know what the President is offering and what has been put in place to protect and care for people and their families.” Happy parents to two young children, they hope that other families can take the spirit of empowerment, encouragement, and having our destiny in our own hands into the next four years.


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Mikki Taylor


Echoing those thoughts was quintessential authority on all matters of beauty and style, Ms. Mikki Taylor. She held the First Lady up as an example that “we don’t have to hope for change, we can be it.” It’s time, she said, for us to “step on stage and own the spot!”

BET Hip Hop Awards 2012: Fellas, Fashion & A Few Tech Fetishes

October 2nd, 2012 by Tiffany

Before the confirmed fights, chain snatchings and melees was the BET Hip Hop Awards Red Carpet interviews.  Since the BET Hip Hop Awards took place in none other than the heart of Southern hip hop music, Atlanta, GA. it’s only right that the talent as well as the fashion here is definitely in a league of its own. We hit the red carpet to find out what fashions, trends, and gadgets a few of Hip Hop’s rising stars &  celebs just can’t live without!


Diggy says when it comes to fashion he’s an accessories kind of dude. “I like neck wear and bracelets a lot, but definitely love kicks a lot too.” One gadget he can’t leave the house without “My iPhone! I’ll turn around for that.” I just knew Diggy had the iPhone 5, but looks like his schedule hasn’t allowed for it yet. “I’ve been traveling everywhere so much since it came out that I haven’t been able to make it to the AT&T store, but I’m going to get it though.”

We spoke to Mr. “Snapback and Tattoos” himself, Driicky Graham. To my surprise snapbacks are not his fashion must-haves on a daily basis. “Fox tails and I love Louie V. belts, I got one on right now actually.”  He doesn’t have the iPhone 5 yet either, but says he’s still “rocking with Siri on the 4S, so I’m good for now, but I’m definitely going to check out the 5.” He will be one of the many rappers part of the this year’s Cyphers.


Super producer Mr. Bangladesh (left) definitely gets my vote for most interesting style and outlook on technology. The Grammy winning producer has worked with names like Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Lil’ Wayne, and his latest project with Brandy. When asked about his fearless style he says– “This is just me, I came out of the womb with {style like} this.” I asked if he was as advanced in technology as he was in fashion and had the iPhone 5? He definitely gave the most interesting answer unlike any other celeb– “No, I’m not into the hustle. One thing about Bang, you’re not going to hustle Bang. Technology is the hustle world. There’s nothing different in the iPhone 5 that they couldn’t have put in the iPhone 4 or the 1. Apple has these smart technicians- you can’t tell me that they didn’t think about making the picture clearer before the next one was created. You know what I’m saying? It’s a hustle. I have the old iPhone not because I wanted it but because I was in the U.K. and they told me I needed it. I’m not for the hustles.”

His newest artist Fast Life (above right) says he prefers to get his clothes from all over the world. ” I got some Balenciaga, Fendi, and vintage Valentino type . But my favorite piece I’d have to say is my gold… I can’t leave the house without my gold.” He has a mixtape coming soon and is striving to be the next big name under Bangladesh Records.


Looks like the iPhone 5 is still on many celeb’s to-do list, while others refuse to be “hustled” by it. So WHO was the first to boast having the iPhone 5 on the red carpet?


Q Parker from the Atlanta based singing group 112 was the first one on the red carpet that could boast of having the newest iPhone.

“I don’t really have a style, I just like to be expressive. I’m not afraid of textures or colors.”  That was clear considering he was the only male on the red carpet wearing sequins. “However I feel that’s what I do.” So what does Q look for a lady to have as a part of her style package? –“I don’t really get into that. I just really like for a lady to be confident in whatever she puts on and know that she’s sexy. If she knows it, I know it. Confidence is the whole package.” Ladies take notes!

When I told Q he was the first one I’ve come across with the iPhone 5 he said–“You know a lot of people don’t have it because they’re letting the glitches get out of it. A lot of people have been having problems with the new operating system. Luckily I haven’t had any problems and I love the new iPhone.”


Here are a few more red carpet surprises, show downs, show outs:

Rapper 2 Chainz showed up on the red carpet looking like a bag of skittles, but also like a dad. He brought along his daughter and expecting partner as well. Who would have known he was a family man?

We’re still left to wonder who showed up as the Ninja Turtle squad…


Cash Out and his Chucky doll accessory was the loudest fashion statement on the red carpet by far. This is definitely a red carpet first.

Fans can look forward to another year of Hip Hop greats & hot acts rocking the Atlanta stage next week.  Rapper LL Cool J spoke in a tribute to hip-hop manager Chris Lighty, who committed suicide last month behind his Bronx townhouse. Q-Tip, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott and 50 Cent took the stage to perform, as did Rick Ross, P. Diddy, 2 Chainz and Future.

Check out more photos from the Hip Hop Awards red carpet below… You can check out the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards & Performances Tuesday 10/9 at 8P/7C. Only on BET!


DirecTV Subscribers Sing “Hallelujah! The Ratchet Is Back!”

July 20th, 2012 by Christen

If it’s been 10 days since you’ve witness your favorite ratchet programming on VH1, BET or more – then your wait is finally over.  Viacom and DirecTV announced this morning that they have reached a deal, putting aside their dispute and allowing programming to return to the airwaves.

The agreement ends a dispute that has interrupted programming since July 10.

Viacom had blacked out channels for 20 million customers of DirecTV (DTVFortune 500). Among the channels affected were Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, Spike and VH1.

“It’s unfortunate that Viacom took the channels away from customers to try to gain leverage, but in the end, it’s clear our customers recognized that tactic for what it was,” said Dereck Chang, executive vice president of DirecTV.   And by customers, that includes displaced reality TV / New Jersey Nets Blake Griffin…


Viacom was seeking what DirecTV claimed was a 30% boost, or an extra $1 billion, on top of its prior deal. Viacom countered that the hike it sought was just “a couple of pennies per day per subscriber.”

The companies did not provide a dollar figure for the new deal.





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