NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Last year then-President Barack Obama stated, “African American music helps us imagine a better world,” and declared June Black Music appreciation month. This year, BET is celebrating Black Music Month with a full lineup of over 25 hours of music-based programming, new BET originals and fan-favorite classic films. The #BETBMM slate will feature an 18-hour “House Party” marathon, 3 new A Very Soul Train music specials June 3rd, 10th and 17th 7PM ET and Black Music Month Block Parties including a special 46th birthday tribute to hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur on June 16th. Audiences can see the abovementioned and highlighted programs below throughout the month…
- TALES: From executive producer Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo comes a new series that takes hip hop records and creates mini-movies that take you on a cinematic adventure through the song. Season premieres Tuesday, June 27th at 10PM ET with “F*ck The Police.”
- THE 2017 BET AWARDS NOMINATION SPECIAL: This special highlights the nominees and performers for the 2017 BET Awards. It also previews the upcoming 2017 BET Experience weekend. Special premieres Thursday, June 15th at 9PM ET/re-air Friday, June 23rd 12PM ET.
- BLACK MUSIC MONTH BLOCK PARTY (BETX EDITION): Gives viewers a bird’s eye view of all the exclusive events at the 2017 BET Experience in a full day of movies, special features and live programming. Coverage begins Friday, June 23rd at 12PM ET.
- THE 2017 BET AWARDS: The New York Times said it best, “The award shows that get it right are on BET.” Sunday, June 25th catch the 2017 BET Awards Pre-Show at 6PM ET as stars gear up to see chart topping talent and the best up-and-comers hit the main stage. Then at 8PM ET the 2017 BET Awards premieres LIVE from Los Angeles on BET and Centric.
Join the conversation using the hashtags #BETBMM #BLACKMUSICMONTH #SOULTRAIN #BMMBLOCKPARTIES #BETX #2017BETAWARDS and be sure to catch all of the excitement from the 2017 BET Awards on Sunday, June 25th at 8PM ET.
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BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.
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