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Thanks For The Memories: The Best “106 & Park” Moments

November 18th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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After enjoying 14 years on air, BET has announced that its show “106 & Park” will no longer be on our television screens. Instead, the long-running show will switch over to a digital format and its last episode will air on December 19th. In honor of its long run, we take a look back at some of the more memorable moments from the show.

Karrueche Tran

Karrueche Tran’s guest appearance as a co-host on “106 & Park” was memorable but not for the right reason. Chris Brown’s boo ended up on the receiving end of a Beyhive attack when she read a not so nice jab about Blue Ivy’s hair from a teleprompter live on air. Tran apologized immediately after reading the distasteful joke and again expressed her remorse on twitter but that wasn’t enough for Beyonce’s fans. BET released a statement apologizing for the joke and the producer responsible received the axe.

“All Of Us Have Been Touched By 106 & Park”: Countdown Show Saying Goodbye To TV After 14 Years, Moving Online

November 14th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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After 14 years on television, “106 & Park,” is calling it a day. Well, they’re calling it a day on television at least.

According to, the show’s final episode will air on December 19, and after that, it will transition from cable to online. Stephen G. Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials for BET, had this to say about the show ending:

AJ accepting Janet Jackson’s challenge to…dance. Bow Wow laying that kiss on Tyra Banks (or was it the other way around?). Free crawling around the set LIKE Catwoman WITH Catwoman Halle Berry. Julissa’s taking over Halloween as “Wonder Woman.” Keshia brilliantly bonding with First Lady Michelle Obama. Paigion flying around the world with Rihanna on a 777. Rocsi salsa dancing with Victor Cruz and putting him to shame. Shorty and Ms. Mykie’s killer rap, “The History of Justin Timberlake,” visably [sic] thrilling JT himself. Terrence beatboxing while Jamie Foxx rhymed. Tigger making Tom Cruise do the of-the-moment “motorcycle dance.”

We all have our favorite moments from the show that has put youth culture on television daily since the first year of this century. We have pride in being involved with the show that has welcomed almost every movie star, music superstar and fresh-faced talent you can name (you can even throw in a first lady). We’ve all laughed with and been entertained by the young men and women hosts that have charmed us at 6 p.m. (and more recently 5 p.m.) each weekday.

All of us have been touched by 106 & Park. 

Now it’s time for 106 & Park, as a daily TV entity, to take a bow and exit.

It’s been a great 14-year run as America’s top music/variety show on cable. And now that very valuable brand is going to take its talents to the digital realm. The interactive brand you helped build, 106 & Park, is alive and well…and it’s moving to the space in which our audience NOW interacts with music the most: online. It’ll be very exciting to connect with the millions of people that are already engaged with 106 & Park and other BET digital and social media entities and bring content that will further evolve the 106 & Park brand — and enhance the overall BET Networks brand. As we transition to the digital space, we look to continue 106 & Park’s role as both a leader of and a mirror to youth culture. We’ll have more information to share about how that is to roll out very soon.

And 106 & Park will still have specials on BET. What’s a New Year’s Eve without 106 & Party? 106 & Park Presents: 106 & Party will be on-air to take our viewers into the beginning of the second half of this decade in a big way. And when it’s time for the BET Awards to come around, you can be sure that 106 & Park Presents: Live, Red and Ready will be ushering you into the show and that 106 & Park will be an integral part of the BET Experience.

I’m not trying to minimize it; this is a very big change. We thank all the people who have worked on the show over the years; the talented hosts, the hard-working staff, production crews and all the incredible guests we’ve had. Most of all, we’d like to humbly thank the “livest audience,” both in studio and at home, who fueled this landmark TV show from the very beginning. Meet you in the digital domain.

“106 & Park” has been one of BET’s highest rated shows since it first debuted in 2000, and it has had quite a few hosts over the years. Free and AJ Calloway kicked things off from 2000-2005 and were fan favorites. When they left and the network was looking for new hosts, in the interim, Big Tigger and Julissa Bermudez hosted from 2005-2006. Rocsi Diaz and Terrence Jenkins hosted from 2006-2012, and after that, I think we can all admit that things went a little left.

The network tried to have four different hosts at one time, including Bow Wow, Shorty da Prince, Paigion and Miss Mykie for a few months from 2012-2013. When they were shown the door, Angela Simmons became co-host with Bow Wow for a short time. Eventually, Bow Wow and Keshia Chante became the new, and last hosts of the program.

“106 & Park” has definitely had a good run, but with YouTube, it really doesn’t make much sense for a video countdown show to be on anymore. “Total Request Live” got the hint in 2008.

Will you miss the show? What fond memories do you have of it?

My Hair Looks Like Blue Ivy’s And I Think It’s Beautiful

August 27th, 2014 - By Ezinne Ukoha
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So… I promised myself that I was over the endless hair articles that clog up the Internet daily. But after witnessing the public thrashing of Blue Ivy’s locks after her unbearably cute appearance at last Sunday’s VMAs. I couldn’t resist chiming in on a topic that has been exhaustingly rehashed for no good reason.

First of all, Blue Ivy is an adorable girl who has super star parents. She is a celebrity by default and so she will always be judged based on her looks. It is pathetically sad that she has to endure the wrath of ignorance before she is even able to construct a complete sentence. But thanks to the luxury of social media, we are susceptible to the fiery nature of naysayers and inconceivably rude people who take pleasure in mocking or degrading innocent victims.

Blue Ivy can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to her appearance. The jokes about her looking more like Jay-Z than Beyonce erupted the same day her official photos were released. Who cares what she looks like? The girl is wealthier than a nation right now and she will not have to rely on her beauty in order to live a pretty fulfilling life. Be that as it may, I happen to think she is the cutest thing ever! And yes, I am aware that since North West entered the world, the comparisons have been relentless. Particularly since one of them has that “good hair” that we all salivate over, and the other has, well, something that looks like our worst nightmare.

It might be your nightmare but it’s my reality. Yes, my hair looks like Blue Ivy’s. It’s thick, natural, and gorgeously wild. No, I don’t like to pile on a plethora of products in order to achieve that “shine” because it does nothing but clog up pores and cause my scalp to itch, which unleashes itching sessions that I can quite frankly, do without. I also don’t believe in combing or brushing my hair needlessly, especially when all I have to do is pick apart my curls and fluff accordingly.

Everyone is griping about how “dry” and “unkempt” natural hair tends to be when it is left it’s own devices. I think I know what the real issue is and you are not going to like it. It is clear that we will never be completely accepting of the tresses that we blessed with. Our hair is unique and comes in various textures, which means that there is no regimen that will work for everyone. None of us has the right to project our insecurities on someone who doesn’t seem to live up to our standard of the “perfect mane”.  Just because you wash your hair every other day doesn’t mean I need to do the same. And if you love the way Miss Jessie’s products bring out your curls, that’s awesome for you, but I don’t get those same results.

There is nothing wrong with Blue Ivy’s natural hair, but there is something wrong with the way black women react to it. You seem to be so convinced that you would do a better job. I am sure this is because she represents something that you are uncomfortable with. Almost like an embarrassing representation of our true selves. That’s why so many of you are determined to hide behind your weaves that cost more than your rent. You can’t bear to expose your that part of you that not only leaves you vulnerable but potentially makes life just a little more complicated.

For those of us, who don’t mind being natural, we embrace the complexities and revel in the freedom that it brings. I am not saying that natural is the only way to go, in fact, I am contemplating getting a weave in a couple of weeks. Hair is an accessory and I treat it as such. I also never tell anyone how to manage their mane, nor do I make mothers feel inadequate about the way they care for their daughter’s tresses.

Blue Ivy’s hair looks like mine, in fact it may even look and feel better than mine. I am offended for her and for myself, when I read and hear the nasty comments floating around. In case you are clueless, let me help you out – natural hair is hair that is devoid of chemical treatments. Aside from moisturizers and gels, your hair is basically riding the wave of it’s own God-given texture. Blue Ivy’s hair looks fits that description and so does mine. So get off her back, and pick a more appropriate topic to discuss. Like maybe how we can endeavor to send the right message to our little girls about self-esteem and self-acceptance.

BET’s “106 & Park” To Go On Week-Long Hiatus After Blue Ivy Hair Comments

August 26th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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As someone so eloquently wrote on Karrueche’s Instagram page, when you rattle the BeyHive, you will get stung.

And after the inexcusable, completely tasteless comment one of the writers wrote on the teleprompter about Blue Ivy’s hair, the BeyHive erupted in full force. Most of the ire, unfortunately, was misdirected at Karrueche Tran but eventually, Stephen Hill stepped forward to apologize, on behalf of the network.

And now, word on the street is that “106 & Park” has been suspended for the rest of week.

Though some say the show was on a planned hiatus for this time frame, others are suggesting that the joke about Blue’s hair had something–if not everything to do with it.

If you’re a bit unsure what to think, let the show’s co-host Bow Wow ease your mind.

"106 & Park" To Go On Week-Long Hiatus

Well if that is indeed so, it couldn’t come at a better time, because they certainly need to regroup and get their ish together.

Plus, rumor has it that the producer of that particular show has been fired.

Meanwhile, poor Karrueche has been receiving death threats. Because many interpreted  the comments as her own. She took to Instagram to apologize on behalf of herself and tell everyone else to chill the eff out.

See what she had to say:

Past two days have been extremely draining.. As I geared up for a big day for myself – hosting a live show.. I never expected things to turn out this way.. I apologize to any and everyone who felt offended in any way by the comments made by BET executed through me.. I would never disrespect anyone’s child in any way and anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE Beyoncé. My comments have been in complete shambles.. yes I am human too and yes I do make mistakes.. But all this negativity and death wishes are quite a lot.. Definitely a lesson learned from here forth.. Again, on behalf of MYSELF, my sincerest apologies ❤️ #BeyHive

“I Didn’t Mean To Disrespect You”: August Alsina Says He Worked Things Out With Keshia Chante After 106 & Park Incident

May 9th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Back in early April, August Alsina’s name was everywhere, but not because of his new album. While promoting his CD, Testimony, he stopped by 106 & Park for an interview with Bow Wow and Keshia Chante. He had spoken in the past about his issues with Trey Songz (a topic he brought up in the media), and despite his claims that he told everyone at the show that he didn’t want to talk about Trey during his interview, Chante asked him about it anyway. As you already know, he ended up cursing, saying, “I told ya’ll not to ask me about that s**t…” It was a very intense exchange, one which saw Chante eventually walk off stage minutes after being embarrassed by his response.

Alsina says that he has since returned to BET. According to a new interview he did with HOT 97, he says that while he doesn’t take back anything he said, he did tell Chante that it wasn’t his intention to make her look the fool on TV:

Ebro: “I saw you spaz on the pretty girl on BET. You was mean to that girl.”

August Alsina: “I wasn’t mean. Here’s the thing. People get honesty and mean mixed up nowadays.”

Ebro: “But you didn’t have to curse at her.”

Alsina: “You can say that now, but if you put me in a position, that’s how I felt. I went back to BET yesterday and that’s exactly what I said. She was like, ‘I didn’t mean to disrespect you’ and I was like, ‘Well it wasn’t my intention to disrespect you.’ Before this conversation, I felt how I felt and I spoke on how I felt and I don’t take back nothing that I said.”

Laura Stylez: “Did you have a conversation with her where you specifically told her not to speak on that?”

“My whole squad. But you know what though? I think that sometimes people can be set up. And people, like you said, are ‘doing their job.'”

Alsina also acknowledged that the situation was partly his fault because he was telling the world about his problems with Trey Songz instead of keeping that bit of information to himself.

Ebro: “It’s your fault though, you know this is all your fault? Because you’re the one who went public with your friction with Trey Songz.” 

Alsina: “…Honest. Nobody would have never known. But it’s all a part of me growing. I speak from my heart, I got a big f**king mouth. It just is what it is, I don’t know how to change that but in all reality what I said was never to try to belittle the next n****a or try to cause a problem with the next n***a, it’s like this is how I feel. I’m the idiot because I said what I said thinking ‘maybe if I say this, these n***as wont ask me about this no more’. But in return it’s like, oh everybody beefing and I never said that, and with these interviews, they put up what they want to put up and not show everything that was said.”

Check out Alsina’s chat with Ebro, Peter Rosenberg and Laura Stylez below and share your thoughts. 


“I”m Sure She Learned A Lesson” Angie Martinez Reacts To ‘106 & Park’ August Alsina & Keisha Chante Incident

April 23rd, 2014 - By Raven Carter
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From The Grio 

Last week singer August Alsina made an appearance on BET’s 106 and Park to promote his debut album, Testimony, when an on-camera interaction with host Keshia Chante put the New Orleans native in the hot seat.

It’s been widely reported that the R&B newcomer hasbeef with the more established Trey Songz (although Trey appeared on August’s “I Love This” remix), and reportedly, before cameras rolled, he told the BET team that he wouldn’t speak about their rivalry. Chante decided to press the matter on live TV, which  Alsina replied sternly: “I told y’all we weren’t going to talk about this sh*t backstage.”

Chante was visibly shocked by the curt response, but veteran hip-hop DJ Angie Martinez, of Hot 97 fame, believed the 106 and Park host held her own.

“I think she handled it like a G. She didn’t get too flustered and pushed through it,” said Martinez. “I”m sure she learned a lesson.”

Read more about Angie Martinez’s opinions at 

“I Look Like The Bad Guy Right Now”: August Alsina Says 106 & Park “Played” Him, Speaks On His Behavior

April 21st, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Last week we told you about the very awkward moment that took place on 106 & Park between singer August Alsina and co-host Keshia Chante. When Chante tried to ask Alsina a question about squashing his beef with Trey Songz, he didn’t appreciate it. Alsina claimed that he told someone at the show beforehand that he didn’t want to speak on the topic, so when he was asked anyway, he said this:

“So you just go against the grain, and go against everything that I just…I just told y’all not to ask me that s**t when I got up in here.”

Reaction to his response was mixed, with some thinking he behaved quite poorly, while others thought that it wasn’t a big deal, and that if he told people at the show he didn’t want to talk about it, they never should have asked him the question. But one person very bothered by his choice to curse on the show and embarrass Chante was former 106 & Park co-host, Rocsi Diaz. She took to Twitter to call Alsina out:

“Let me go on record and say Keshia Chante did her job as a journalist. Any other Radio or TV personality or blogger would have asked to.”

“2 even applaud how she was responded 2 is what’s wrong with our generation 2day. Also that language on @106andpark its not even necessary”

But since that whole thing happened, what does Alsina have to say? In an interview at Sway in the Morning late last week, he said that he basically was “played” by those at the show, and didn’t appreciate being made to look like the bad guy:

“I was played, man.

Here’s the thing, I look like the bad guy right now because of how I’ve been portrayed. Really, people don’t know.

First of all, let me say, I ain’t no b**ch, I ain’t no ho, I ain’t no pu**y, I ain’t no pushover–none of the above, so don’t play with me. Don’t lead me to believe something that it’s not. If you tell me we ain’t gon’ talk about this because I ask you–it’s different if…you lied right to my face! So don’t blindside me. So it’s like all of us [points to people in studio], we going to war with in this muthaf**ka with each other. We all on the same squad. And then as soon as we get out there and start bussin’ at ni**as, ya’ll just start shooting at me! So you gotta be prepared for me to bust back at you if you don’t kill me! And that’s what it is. I was played.

Me and Stephen Hill, shout out to Stephen Hill over at BET–we had a real conversation and it’s love, but I don’t like the way I’ve been portrayed because I’m not a bad ni**a. What’s exhausting is for me to try and show you that I’m a good guy when I know who I am. It’s too exhausting, but I was played. If anybody feel like I disrespected her or whatever, it’s like, okay, cool, well f**k you too! Straight up! And that’s just what it is.”

I couldn’t have said it more eloquently.

What do you think of Alsina’s response to how he was treated at 106 & Park, and how he reacted to it on live television? 

Check out the interview, with the 106 & Park incident being spoken about at the 9:00 mark:

“I Just Told Y’all Not To Ask Me That Sh*t”: August Alsina Curses At 106 & Park Host, Rocsi Diaz Comes To Her Defense

April 16th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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On 106 & Park last night, singer August Alsina (whom we just had an interesting interview with) was the guest, promoting his new album, Testimony. While doing so, he was asked about his issues with Trey Songz, something we also asked him, but I guess at that point he was sick and tired of talking about it. Alsina claimed that he told the hosts at 106 & Park not to ask him about his issues with Trey before the interview, but when co-host Keshia Chante did anyway, he calmly cursed at her:

Chante: “Is there any chance that two talented brothers will bury the hatchet?”

Alsina: “So you just go against the grain, and go against everything that I just…I just told y’all not to ask me that s**t when I got up in here.”

Things got tense after that.

Chante: “Fair enough. I think the girls wanna know. And you’ve spoken to–

Alsina: “Testimony coming out, baby. Album in stores.”

Chante: “You’ve spoken on radio stations and blogs and you’re on the show and fans want to know. So I’m just asking you what fans want to know. That’s it. If you don’t want to answer that’s fine.”

Alsina: “I won’t.”

Chante: “All right, we move on.”

After that, Chante was quite peeved by being cursed at on live television, as anyone would be. So by the time he introduced his new video a minute or two later, she walked off the stage.

So who was in the wrong in this situation? The feedback has been mixed. But former 106 & Park co-host Rocsi Diaz, who now works for Entertainment Tonight, has spoken out, defending Chante and saying Alsina’s behavior was unnecessary on Twitter. Forgive the grammar issues, Twitter does only provide you with 140 characters…

“Let me go on record and say Keshia Chante did her job as a journalist. Any other Radio or TV personality or blogger would have asked to.”

“2 even applaud how she was responded 2 is what’s wrong with our generation 2day. Also that language on @106andpark its not even necessary”

“She Be applauded for asking the hard question not being shut down”

And when someone tried to say that she used to get cursed out by celebrities on the show too, Rosci shut that down, saying:

“SWEET HEART NEVER ON MY WATCH AND @TerrenceJ wouldn’t let it happen”

What’s your excuse Bow Wow? Just kidding…but not really.

I think Alsina has every right not to answer questions he’s not comfortable with (more celebrities need to do it actually), but to curse at the young woman? Not a good look in my opinion, especially as a new artist, and especially when you consider the fact that Alsina was the one who brought his issues with Trey Songz to light in the media. Once you bring it up, people are going to want to talk about it. In response, just say, “no comment,” and better yet, have your publicist send a memo in advance so things like this don’t happen. I agree that this new generation of young people can be too comfortable talking to people any kind of way these days, and it’s quite ridiculous, especially when you’re talking crazy on live television.

But what do you think? Check out the awkward clip below and share your thoughts.

Where Is Cyn? Erica Mena Co-Hosts 106 & Park And Locks Lips With Bow Wow In The Process

February 14th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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At this point, I think most people can see that Erica Mena is not all that serious about her relationship with Cyn Santana (and Cyn probably knows this too, but why complain when getting played on TV has made you somewhat infamous?). When she’s not sitting on Rich Dollaz’s lap and letting him toy with her heartstrings, she’s co-hosting 106 & Park with Bow Wow and kissing all on him in front of everyone. That’s exactly what happened when she hosted the show with the rapper last night.

While hosting, Bow Wow brought up the fact that Mena was originally supposed to play one of his love interests in the comedy, Lottery Ticket. But sense that fell through, they missed out on an on-screen kiss. The audience could tell what was about to happen and one girl literally looked like she wanted to cut Mena, but that didn’t stop the two from sharing a very interesting kiss. This isn’t the first time that Bow Wow has been able to share a kiss with a well-known beauty (and make us a little uncomfortable in the process). Just last year he smooched with Tyra Banks of all people when she stopped by the show. While I’m sure he’s feeling like the man right now (we’ve already figured out that Bow Weezy can be quite vain from time to time), I’m sure Cyn and Rich (who did admit that he’s in love with Mena during the reunion show) are somewhere feeling some type of way.

Love Connection?! Mychal Kendricks Declares Rihanna His #WCW

January 30th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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The other day, we told you about Rihannas #MCM (Man Crush Monday), Mychal Kendricks. We have to give it to ole Rih Rih, if nothing else, the woman has great taste in men. Just like all of her other love interests, Mychal, of the Philadelphia Eagles, is a fione as hell.

And it looks like, based on his appearance on BET’s “106 & Park” yesterday that the feeling might just be mutual…maybe. When he appeared on the show Bow Wow and his co-host, Keshia Chanté, asked Kendricks who was his #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday) and he said he had to go with Rihanna. In fact he said it like this: “Cat Daddy. You already know Rih Rih.”

It wasn’t long before Bow and Keshia pounced, asking what was the status of their “relationship.”

“We haven’t even been in contact. I got a couple of followers.” (i.e. After she called him her #MCM, the ladies and gay dudes flocked to his page.)

So they asked if they were going to try to make anything happen. He said:

“I’m in New York. It’s Super Bowl Sunday, is she here?” 

So they asked him to send a little shout out to Rihanna just in case she happened to be watching. The 23 year old seemed a little nervous as he stepped up to the camera and said:

“Hi Rih. New York.” 

Bahhaaa. I guess that was an invite for her to get at him first?! Perhaps this is how these young boys do it these days.

Then Bow Wow stepped in, “Look Rih, the homie here all weekend. It’s Super Bowl weekend, if you see him out, make sure ya’ll mingle. Say something, exchange information. There it is, I just went ahead and put you on dog.”

Do you think Mychal was a bit nervous or does he just want to exchange a few #mcms and #wcws and call it a wrap?

You can check out the video of the interview below.