Like many multi-billion dollar companies, Twitter’s executive board in particular, wasn’t quite known for its diversity. But, with their latest addition, it looks like they’re trying to head in a new direction.
It looks like Bryshere Gray is getting some more airtime, as it was just announced that he will play Michael Bivins in BET’s new biopic on the R&B group New Edition.
The BET Networks are acquiring the Soul Train brand, which was announced on Monday.
The Soul Train Brand’s assets include one of the largest libraries of African-American music-oriented content in the world, including over 1,100 television episodes and 40 television specials.
Christianity has been a crutch of the black community for centuries now as it sheltered people from the troubles of the outside world and served as a community center. Homosexuality has been a part of humanity for much longer. However, the two have seem to conflict when brought together.
A BET documentary entitled “Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay In the Church” focused on the place, or lack thereof, of homosexuality specifically in black churches. The Clay Cane-produced documentary will be screened in the White House for Black History Month, according to MSNBC.
While promoting The Birth of a Nation at Sundance, Gabrielle Union took a moment to criticize those that feel there isn’t a need for movies or awards to highlight black people. To be specific, she criticized Stacey Dash, who she cleverly pretended to not know.
Keke Palmer has landed her own daytime talk show on BET.
The 20-year-old actress will become the youngest talk show host in TV history when she takes on The Keke Palmer Project (working title).
BET is well within its rights to request certain attire for its hosts according to a judge who dismissed B. Scott’s lawsuit against the network.
The transgender blogger, television personality and radio host filed a discrimination suit against the network, claiming it humiliated him during last year’s BET awards by forcing him to change into men’s clothing.
A few months ago, we reported on B. Scott’s experience at last year’s BET Awards. The blogger and critic was hired by the network as a red carpet correspondent for the show.
After the event, Scott wrote a blog about network executives demanding a wardrobe change and then filed a lawsuit.
Now, leaked emails suggest that Scott’s allegations have merit. Executives not only wanted a “more manly” B. Scott on the red carpet, but instructed the star on how to “spin” the PR disaster after news of Scott’s allegations became public.
Black Entertainment Television (BET) Founder Robert L. Johnson will be inducted into the 2013 Giants of Broadcasting Honors, an annual distinction established by the Library of American Broadcasting.
The award is the highest award recognition in media.
In 1991, under Mr. Johnson’s leadership, BET became the first African American-owned company publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. In 2001, Mr. Johnson sold BET to Viacom and remained the Chief Executive Officer through 2006. Today, Mr. Johnson owns or holds interests in business operations that include automotive, hotel real estate investment, financial services, sports and entertainment.