DJ Khaled, BET Networks Launch First-Ever Snapchat College Tour

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Hip-hop-artist-cum-social-media star DJ Khaled partners with BET Networks and Get Schooled—a nonprofit organization dedicated to scholastic achievement—to launch the Snapchat College Tours.

The four-point program assists high school seniors with the college application process.  With BET Networks, Get Schooled will host more than 20 college tours  including University of Pennsylvania, Howard University, UCLA, University of Kansas, and Spelman College, until the end of 2016.

Virtual College Visits

High schoolers can take virtual tours of college campuses from the perspective of a current college student. They can also ask questions about a specific campus or college life.

In addition to the  virtual tours, the program offers coaching on writing personal statements, an often required component of college applications. With help from AT&T, Get Schooled will also provide text sessions with college advisers. Students and their parents receive advice on financial aid and other assistance in these sessions.

Colleges and universities are increasingly using the instant messaging platform to attract applicants and specifically through the use of geofilters. From Today.com:

It’s a growing trend among young adults, and increasingly, colleges are joining the social media conversation through University Snapchat accounts and geofilters.

Geofilters — defined on Snapchat.com as “special overlays for Snaps that can only be accessed in certain locations”— are used in Snapchat pictures and videos as a way for users to tell their friends and followers where they are.

The Snapchat Ambassador

DJ Khaled, the unofficial king of Snapchat with his millions of followers, is an ideal ambassador for the campaign.

“Snapchat removes barriers and gives young people a front row seat at life’s experiences, I am excited that I can advise college students on how to give the best Snapchat college tours so students can share college life with high school kids who are eager to know more about campuses when deciding where to apply. This is a major key so the youth can make the right choices and succeed,” said DJ Khaled in a released statement.

 

Top 5 Memorable Takeaways with BET’s Debra Lee

When embarking on a steady career climb many women aspire to, one day, find themselves behind a desk in the coveted C-suite. Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, Debra Lee, sat down with Editorial Director of the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, and host of Women of Power TV, Caroline Clarke, to discuss what it takes to make power moves in order to be a C-suite power player.

[Related: Experience the Photo Highlights From Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit!]

Lee revealed the unconventional path that led her to where she is today, a top executive for one of the nation’s most prominent African American media outlets. Lee shared how openness to possibility and confidence in ability were the factors that allowed for her to make strides in the male-dominated media industry. “I initially only planned on being at BET for 5 years max,� shared Lee. “In April, it will make 30 years that I’ve been with the company. The great news is that it’s felt like a steady progression because I’ve constantly been taking on new roles with the company,� she continued.

When asked how she’s remained afloat in an ever-changing industry while balancing motherhood, career, and the many hats professional women tend to juggle, Lee offered these 5 essential nuggets:

1. She’s learned that you can have it all, but not at the same time.
2. She’s learned that she’s had to give up the idea of perfection.
3. Lee stressed the importance of having a team in place—people invested in your success.
4. She explained that you rarely have all the information you need to make a decision—a lot of times you just have to go with your gut.
5. Lee concluded that confidence is the key essential attribute one must possess when gunning for the C-suite, while fear is the essential factor that holds one back.

Debra Lee and Caroline Clarke concluded their informative conversation emphasizing the importance of having a vision when leading a team and/or company.

BET Networks Partners With American Black Film Festival For 2016 ABFF Awards

It has officially been announced that ABFF Ventures and BET Networks have partnered to produce the “ABFF Awards:  A Celebration of Hollywood,” hosted by actor and comedian Mike Epps and premiering on BET and Centric Tuesday, February 23rd at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The Awards celebrates black culture and recognizes individuals, movies and television shows of the past year that have had a significant impact on American entertainment, as well as the people who have been proponents in championing diversity and inclusion in Hollywood. “Twenty years ago, I created the American Black Film Festival to spotlight the rich diversity of talent and achievement. It was born out of my love for film and desire to ensure that Black people gained opportunity and equity in every arena of Hollywood,” says Jeff Friday, ABFF founder and CEO. “I am truly honored to partner with BET to showcase the work of our most talented artists.”

[RELATED: American Black Film Festival Picks Up Where Oscars Left Off]

“It’s clear that there’s a need for this show,” adds Stephen Hill, president of programming, BET Networks. “BET is very excited to partner with Jeff and ABFF to present ‘A Celebration of Hollywood.’ We will unabashedly acknowledge performances and achievements of African-Americans on screen from this past year and give special honor and recognition to artists that have thrilled us during their highly-acclaimed careers. 2015 was ripe with tremendous and inspiring performances by African-Americans and we are beyond thrilled to be the ones to recognize them with class and admiration.”

In addition to recognizing the top television shows and films of the year, the “ABFF Awards: Celebration of Hollywood” will pay tribute to inspiring film legends Diahann Carroll,  who will be presented with the Hollywood Legacy Award, and television and film producer Will Packer who will receive the Distinguished ABFF Alumni Award.

It is also revealed that the Excellence in the Arts Award male honoree is Actor/Director Don Cheadle while the female honoree goes to Actors/Director Regina King. The Rising Star Award honoree is for the ceremony is Director Ryan Coogler.

“The ABFF Awards: A Celebration of Hollywood,” presented by the American Black Film Festival and BET Networks, will be one of the highlights of the Hollywood Awards season and Black History Month. The event is an ABFF Ventures production and is executive produced by show creator Jeff Friday, Debra Lee, Stephen Hill, Jesse Collins, Suzanne de Passe and Connie Orlando. Sponsors are Cadillac (Presenting Sponsor), Hilton Worldwide, Moet Hennessy, and Prudential Inc. (Gold Sponsors), and Morgan Stanley and Verizon (Silver Sponsors).

For more information on the American Black Film Festival and the ABFF Awards:  A Celebration of Hollywood, go to www.ABFF.com, www.ABFF.com/ABFFAwards, www.BET.com and BET.com/ACelebrationOfHollywood.

For information about the 2016 American Black Film Festival check out Black Enterprise (@BlackEnterprise) via social media for constant news and updates. Use hashtags #ABFFHonors and #ABFF20 to remain in the loop.

[Women of Power] One-on-One with Debra Lee

Women of Power attendees will be pleased to know that the exceedingly accomplished businesswoman, Debra L. Lee, will be in attendance at the 2016 Women of Power Summit, March 9 -12, Hollywood, Florida.

[Related: [Women of Power] Know Your Worth: Building Your Wealth]

Lee will be sitting alongside Caroline Clarke, editorial director and Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, host, Women of Power TV, for a one-on-one conversation.

Lee is currently the chairman and chief executive officer of BET Networks. Since acquiring her role as CEO of BET, Lee has increased the network’s budget by 50% and incorporated fresh, relevant programming into the network. Lee can be charged with redesigning the BET brand and cultivating a network that looks to support families, reveal fresh talent, and encourage dreams. She also created entertainment network CENTRIC, as yet another outlet for African American movies, shows, and music.

In addition to a growing number of career accolades Lee may add trailblazer to the list, as she received the Distinguished Vanguard Award for Leadership from the National Cable Television Association, making her the first African American female executive to be regarded with this honor.

Prior to embarking on an accelerated media career, Lee earned a master’s degree in public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and a juris doctorate at Harvard Law School.

Join in conversation with Debra Lee and Caroline Clarke at the 2016 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, March 9-12, 2016, Hilton Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida. This conversation will stem from this year’s summit focus on knowing your worth, owning your truth, and embracing your power. Register now.

Follow Black Enterprise on social media @BlackEnterprise for Women of Power news, highlights, and updates. Use hashtag #BEWPS to stay in the loop. Be on the lookout at BlackEnterprise.com, as speakers, activities, and sessions are announced.

 

 

[Women of Power] One-on-One with Debra Lee

Women of Power attendees will be pleased to know that the exceedingly accomplished businesswoman, Debra L. Lee, will be in attendance at the 2016 Women of Power Summit, March 9 -12, Hollywood, Florida.

[Related: [Women of Power] Know Your Worth: Building Your Wealth]

Lee will be sitting alongside Caroline Clarke, editorial director and Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, host, Women of Power TV, for a one-on-one conversation.

Lee is currently the chairman and chief executive officer of BET Networks. Since acquiring her role as CEO of BET, Lee has increased the network’s budget by 50% and incorporated fresh, relevant programming into the network. Lee can be charged with redesigning the BET brand and cultivating a network that looks to support families, reveal fresh talent, and encourage dreams. She also created entertainment network CENTRIC, as yet another outlet for African American movies, shows, and music.

In addition to a growing number of career accolades Lee may add trailblazer to the list, as she received the Distinguished Vanguard Award for Leadership from the National Cable Television Association, making her the first African American female executive to be regarded with this honor.

Prior to embarking on an accelerated media career, Lee earned a master’s degree in public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and a juris doctorate at Harvard Law School.

Join in conversation with Debra Lee and Caroline Clarke at the 2016 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, March 9-12, 2016, Hilton Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida. This conversation will stem from this year’s summit focus on knowing your worth, owning your truth, and embracing your power. Register now.

Follow Black Enterprise on social media @BlackEnterprise for Women of Power news, highlights, and updates. Use hashtag #BEWPS to stay in the loop. Be on the lookout at BlackEnterprise.com, as speakers, activities, and sessions are announced.

 

 

On the Move: BET Networks and Sanders/Wingo Agency Announce New Promotions

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BET Networks recently announced the appointment of long-term employee Stephen Hill to President of Programming.

In this position, Hill will lead the Original Programming, Music Programming and Specials, and the BET News team responsible for creating and developing content across the network.

“I have worked with Stephen for over 15 years, and his passion for the BET brand has been apparent from the very beginning,” said Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks. “He has grown our music shows and specials into iconic and highly-rate programs beloved by our audience.”

Prior to his recent promotion, Hill served as President of Music Programming and Specials, where he was responsible for the networks music shows including the BET Awards, BET Honors, Black Girls Rock, The Hip Hop Awards and Celebration of Gospel.  He also worked as a member of the team that successfully launched the network’s popular show Real Husbands of Hollywood starring Kevin Hart, Boris Kodjoe, Nick Cannon and several other prominent celebrities.

Aside from Hill’s promotion at BET, one of the nation’s leading African American owned advertising agencies, Sanders/Wingo, has just announced Leslie Wingo as President/CEO.

Joining the agency in 1995, and being named partner in 2001, Wingo has worked on numerous accounts over the years including Burger King, US Postal Service and State Farm.

“Today’s announcement formalizes a leadership structure that has been in place for two years now,” said chairman of the board Bob Wingo. “Needless to say, I am proud of Leslie’s accomplishments and excited about Sanders/Wingo’s future.”

Leslie Wingo will step into her new role effective January 1, 2015.

Know of any promotions at your company? Have a recent career advancement announcement that you want to make? Send updates to work@blackenterprise.com.

BET Kicks Off Fashion Week with Inaugural “BET On Fashion” Event

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On Sept. 3, BET hosted its first ever “BET On Fashion” event as a way to kick off the highly anticipated New York Fashion Week events.

Held at Espace in New York City, the event was filled with some of the industry’s hottest movers and shakers including Essence Editor-at-Large Mikki Taylor, style and beauty expert Tai Beauchamp, BET CEO Debra Lee, singer Elle Varner, former Essence Editor-at-Large Emil Wilbekin, and more. Shedding light on the talent of black designers, “BET on Fashion” showcased the creative collections of seven rising talents including Viktor Luna, Helen Castillo, Natt Taylor, St. Frimpong, Jacinta Ligon, Andrew Nowell and Tashia Senn.

Showing a diverse range of models on the runway, the fashion collections presented at the exclusive event proved that bold prints, crop tops, and wide-legged pants are here to stay for the ladies, while solid color suits with a pop of color around the collar are in style for the guys.

Take a look at some of the best photos gathered from BET’s New York Fashion Week kickoff event.