ABFF Awards Celebrates Black Film and TV Tomorrow on BET

Tomorrow, Feb. 23, all of Hollywood will be tuned in to Centric and BET at 8 p.m. (EST/PST) for the 2016 ABFF Awards: A Celebration of Hollywood.

Hosted by comedian Mike Epps, this star-studded event is the talk of the industry as the ABFF Awards ceremony 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.

The perfect counter to #OscarsSoWhite, ABFF and BET step in to lift up the tremendous and recognizable accomplishments blacks have made in the entertainment industry at large. The ceremony will not only honor those who are making strides in film and television today, but also those who blazed trails before us.

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The legendary Diahann Carroll, will be presented with the Hollywood Legacy Award at this year’s event. In addition to her honor, television and film producer Will Packer will receive the ABFF Alumni Award, actor/director Don Cheadle will receive the Excellence in the Arts Award - male honoree, and actor/director Regina King will be the female honoree. The Rising Star Award honoree  for the ceremony is none other than director Ryan Coogler.

Check out a few of the awards nominees below:

TV Show of the Year Nominees

Being Mary Jane

Black-ish

Empire

How to Get Away With Murder

Power

Film of the Year Nominees

Beasts of No Nation

Chi-Raq

Concussion

Creed

Dope

Straight Outta Compton

If you’ve haven’t already, check out Black Enterprise’s Instagram for a sneak peek at who hit the red carpet, what was said, and what you can expect at the show.

Be sure to tune in TOMORROW, for the ABFF Awards Show on BET & Centric at 8 p.m. (EST/PST). Tweet @BlackEnterprise with hashtag #ABFFawards to let us know your award recipient predictions and favorite parts of the show!

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.

Black History Month: Sheila C. Johnson, CEO of Salamander Hospitality

Sheila C. Johnson, best known as co-founder of Black Entertainment Television, made history in more ways than one. Not only is she one of the few African American women billionaires, she’s also the first African American woman to be owner or partner in three major professional sports franchises—the NHL, NBA, and WNBA. She is the current CEO of Salamander Hospitality.

[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.

 

 

MC Lyte to Executive Produce New Reality Series, ‘Hip Hop Sisters’ on BET

hip hop sisters cast betWhat are your favorite female emcees of years ago doing today? Well, you are about to find out!

According to EURWeb, ‘Hip Hop Sisters’ is a new reality TV show scheduled to air on BET. The series will feature MC Lyte, The Lady of Rage, Yo Yo, Smooth, Monie Love and Lil Mama making an attempt to resurrect their careers.

MC Lyte is an executive producer of the show as the ladies work towards recapturing the popularity each of them had at one time in the past.

BET has also announced 3 other reality shows that will appear on the network. Gone Gospel, which is hosted by Kirk Franklin, is a one-hour music competition docuseries. Back To Me With Jeanette Jenkins is a health and wellness program that will star fitness trainer to the stars, Jeanette Jenkins. Internal Affairs is a show that retells crime stories of internal affairs police officers.

Kevin Hart Will Host Saturday Night Live March 2

On March 2nd, Saturday Night Live will have musical guests, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on their show. But, what makes it more worthwhile is that, for the first time, comedian Kevin Hart will be hosting!

Hart has been the hit comedian as of late, currently starring in BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood” after making a successful run in the theaters last year with “Think Like a Man” and his stand-up comedy special, “Laugh at My Pain.”

The soundtrack for “Laugh at My Pain” went five times platinum and his next film is a remake of the romantic comedy “About Last Night.”

Read more at AOL Black Voices

Comedian Wayne Brady Strikes Back at “Not Black Enough” Statements

wayne brady smilingAs funny as Wayne Brady is, he still gets stereotyped with not being “black enough” or as some call him, the “Safe Black.”

In a recent BET interview, Brady discussed one aspect of being viewed in that way.

“No one can be harder on Black people than Black people. And I understand that, we like to claim what’s ours — we are a very loyal audience. We like to call people out when we feel they’re not being what we want them to be. I get that too. What irks me is when the person who says, “Oh, Wayne Brady isn’t Black enough for this role,” is the 26-year old white screenwriter, Brady explains.

Maybe people need to re-watch that classic skit on Chappelle’s Show where Wayne played out of character and said: “Is Wayne Brady gonna have to choke a b**ch?”

What are your thoughts on the belief many have about Brady?

Read more at Bossip

Is T.J. Holmes BET’s Last Hope for Respectability?

From The New York Times

Black Entertainment Television launched a new show earlier this fall focusing on social issues and hot button topics called “Don’t Sleep! Hosted by T. J. Holmes.”

T.J. Holmes, once a news anchor and correspondent at CNN, has roundtable discussions and routinely invites politicians, celebrities and other notable commentators. The tone of the show goes across varied views, opinions and ideologies.

The show gives balance to a channel more known for its negative portrayal of blacks.

But can this show change the perception of BET amongst the black community?

The rest of this story can be read on The New York Times

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