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Remember When Beyoncé Ruined Christmas? The Best Of Punk’d

August 19th, 2015 - By Iva Anthony
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If you’re one of the many, many people who tuned in last week to watch the rebirth of the popular show Uncut, then you were punked just like the rest of us. BET pulled off a great prank and used the opportunity to announce the rebirth of another favorite show, Punk’d. Details of the reboot are scarce, aside from the fact that it premiered yesterday and will continue to air on Tuesday nights at 10:30 p.m. But before you dive into the reboot, here’s a look at some of the best moments from the original MTV hit.

Missy Elliott: Jewelry Makes You Lose Control

Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott proved she is not one to be messed with when it comes to her jewelry. The “Supa Dupa Fly” rapper made a stop by the jewelry store to pick up her blinged-out dog tags that were supposed to be cleaned. But she was told that the deliveryman had just walked out with the wrong package and that package had her items in it. Elliott wasn’t trying to hear such an explanation and even got up on the jewelry case and demanded her jewels back.

I’m Just Saying, You Could Do Better: 10 Shows BET Should Revive Instead Of Punk’d

August 17th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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BET made a lot of people unhappy when they fooled us into thinking the infamous late-night program “Uncut” was getting revived. Last week, we found out that it was all an elaborate prank to announce the return of Punk’d starring Vine stars Andrew “King Bach” Bachelor and DeStorm Power. While “Uncut” is not making a comeback, here are 10 shows that we wish BET would bring back asap!

Sike! BET Was Only Joking About “Uncut” Reboot

August 12th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Hold off on sending around that petition. BET was only pulling our legs when they said “Uncut” would be returning to their weekly line-up.

Tuesday, the network revealed that their announcement concerning the return of the after-hours program was just a practical joke to promote the revival of “Punk’d,” a television show introduced by MTV about celebrity-centered pranks.

The delivery was flawless. Just as all the freaks in the land gathered around their television sets with their mouths salivating in anticipation, ready to witness booty popping coupled with terrible music, “Punk’d” newcomers DeStorm Power and Andrew “King Bach” Bachelor appeared on the screen and delivered the news.

“Stop the show! Stop the show,” said Power.

“So y’all thought y’all was going to see ‘BET Uncut’?” Bachelor asked before the two burst into laughter.

While some were naturally opposed to the network reviving “Uncut,” others were totally here for it, which made the prank all the more hilarious.

Honestly, when BET first announced that “Punk’d” would be added to the lineup, I wasn’t sure that anyone would be interested in watching. However, this stunt may have been just what they needed to boost interest in the revival.

Well played, BET. Well played.

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New Edition Biographical Miniseries Headed To BET

August 10th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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New Edition is the latest group to get the biopic treatment.

According to Variety, five of the group’s members will reunite, on BET, for the three-night miniseries, which is set to premiere in 2016. Five group members, including Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant, will co-produce the project.

BET released a statement announcing the project but sixth member Bobby Brown was not mentioned.

The group, founded initially in 1978, has broken up and reunited on several different occasions, most recently for a tour that Brown had to leave early due to health issues, both his own and eventually Bobbi Kristina’s.

Jesse Collins Entertainment is set to executive produce the miniseries. It will mark the first scripted music-focused TV movie for the network.

New Edition’s longtime manager Brooke Payne will also co-produce. Abdul Williams, who wrote for Lottery Ticket, will write the script. A director has yet to be selected.

New Edition had this to say about the project:

“From our beginning in the Orchard Park Projects in Boston to Hollywood and everything in between, just like The Temptations and the Jackson 5, we are ready to retrace our footsteps and show everyone how we got here.” 

We think this has the potential to be pretty great. Perhaps it’ll even open the door for BET to take on more projects like this.

[NSFW] The Top 10 BET Uncut Videos You Know You Watched As A Teen

August 7th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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After The Game’s season finale this week, BET announced it was reviving their most infamous show ever, Uncut. The latter premiered in 2001 and aired Wednesdays through Fridays at 3 AM EST and showcased the raunchiest music videos known to man. For many millennials, Uncut debuted while they were in either junior or high school, therefore, making the TV-MA-rated program forbidden by many parents. But for many kids during that time, where there is a will, there is a way. Thanks to school vacations and sleepovers, BET Uncut was viewed by the underage, salacious lyrics were learned, and twerk sessions were had. No matter what side of the Uncut fence you’re on, we guarantee you watched the following videos when you should’ve been sleeping. So feel free to raunchily reminisce before the petition is launched.

Jesus Wept: BET Is Bringing “Uncut” Back

August 6th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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I would love for someone to speak to Debra Lee and see what happened to the vision for BET. I really thought they were trying to do better, you know more empowering content for the Black community. But last night’s announcement, during the series finale of “The Game,” proved that they might have deviated from this plan.

If you weren’t watching the series finale, you might have seen the network’s tweets.

And then this one promoting “Tip Drill.”

Who, exactly, asked for this?

Perhaps BET forgot just how much controversy the “Tip Drill” video stirred up. I was always under the impression that video, which most of us found especially degrading, caused the show’s demise.

If I’m being a hundred percent honest, I was in middle school watching “Uncut” in the wee hours of the morning before school. For one reason or another I had a television and cable in my bedroom and I watched, mystified, seeing if I could imitate those same glute movements. It used to come on at 3 a.m, followed by some televangelist praying for people and claiming healing over lives. After watching “Uncut,” that’s exactly what I needed. Though wildly entertaining, the show was not something I should have been watching as an adolescent, as it was basically, in the words of Outkast’s Big Boi, soft-core porn. Those are the things that attract adolescents though. Thankfully, I already had a solid foundation and knew that I was more than how jiggly my developing booty could shake. But we all know, the way Black women are dying from illegal booty injections, that’s not the case for every woman or little girl.

And sadly, the way women are regarded in this country, and in the Hip Hop community particularly, there’s no more room for the objectification of Black women.

Furthermore, what’s really going on with the 11 pm time frame? If I was watching at 3 am, it will be nothing for kids to watch at 11 pm. Hopefully, their parents will still be up to regulate or set some parental blocks, but children find ways.

I guess I’m just confused by the whole thing. The videos on “Uncut,” were never known for quality or even innovation. It was just gratuitous ass-shaking. And since there’s plenty of that on YouTube and other social media sites, I don’t know why we have to repeat the formula.

If BET wants to bring back a vintage show, perhaps they should start with “Midnight Love.” Lord knows, there are more than enough R&B/soul singers who could use the love.

What do you think about the resurrection of “Uncut”? Are you here for it?

B. Scott Makes Up With BET After Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

June 30th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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I experienced quite a few “Wait, what?” moments while viewing the BET Awards Sunday evening. One of those moments was fueled by seeing B. Scott sitting pretty in the front row. The last time I’d checked, the media personality was still at odds with the network.

Scott–who sued BET and its parent company Viacom for millions after accusing them of gender discrimination–vowed to continue fighting the network as well as gender inequality after a judge dismissed his lawsuit in April of 2014.

However, as it turns out, Scott quietly made amends with BET/Viacom after the ruling and apparently, both parties are quite pleased with the outcome.

Tuesday, the blogger released a personal statement regarding the quiet settlement, writing:

Dear love muffins,

Since I started my career, it’s always been important for me to give each opportunity my best — which includes presenting myself in a manner that I feel is true for me.

Now that BET and I have reached a settlement that I am more than pleased with, it was truly wonderful to be able to attend the BET Awards, walk the red carpet, and sit front row in the manner I originally intended.

Since my dust-up with BET, I’m sure you love muffins have seen an increase in LGBT representation on the network. It makes my heart smile to know that I was a part of that change.

This is much bigger than being transgender; this is about everyone having the equal right to express themselves however they choose.

I would like to thank all my love muffins, BET, Debra Lee and Stephen Hill.

I would also like to send a special thank you to my sister, Laverne Cox, for being the legendary lady that she is and for being such a great gal pal!

We SLAYED! Point. Blank. Period.

Double Kisses xoxo!

B. Scott

I’m happy to see that they’ve patched things up.

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BET Hires Veteran Fox Searchlight Exec Zola Mashariki To Head Original Programing

April 27th, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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Veteran Fox Searchlight production executive Zola Mashariki is moving over to BET Networks.

BET Networks has tapped Mashariki to be the new EVP and head of original programming. Mashariki will be based in Los Angeles and will oversee scripted and unscripted programming and development as well as casting for the cable network.

With Mashariki’s appointment BET finished the restructuring of it top programming ranks, which the company started following the September departure of president of original programming Loretha Jones. In addition to hiring Mashariki, BET promoted President of Music Programming & Specials Stephen Hill to President of Programming. He now oversees both Original Programming and Music Programming & Specials. New York-based Hill has extensive experience in music shows and specials, but limited interaction with the Hollywood creative community. This is where Hollywood-connected Mashariki comes in.

At Fox Searchlight, where she worked for 15 years, Mashariki most recently serving as SVP of Production. “During her tenure at the feature company, she worked on such movies as The Last King of Scotland and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” reports Deadline.

Mashariki also created the Black Film Initiative, spearheading the development of a new business plan for the African-American market that resulted in the releases of such films as The Secret Life of Bees and Notorious.

Mashariki graduated from Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.

If you could send a note to Mashariki’s inbox letting her know what you’d like to see, what would you say?

To Be Young, Gifted, Black, And Fat: Why I’m Proud To See More BBWs Front And Center On-Screen

April 9th, 2015 - By Cynthia L. Dorsey
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Motivation comes in many forms. One motivational musical piece for me is Nina Simone’s melodious proclamation that, In the whole world there are a billion boys and girls who are young, gifted and Black, and that’s a fact!” But if I could add an adjective to this adage it would read, “To Be Young, Gifted, Black, and Fat.”

Yes, it must be written and archived! Notated and dialogued. Black women living on the pluser side of life are walking with more confidence than ever and taking over Hollywood and primetime television at the same time. You no longer have to “watch out for the big girl.” We are here, taking names, and cashing checks.

In an industry where thin and white is the prototype for beauty, opportunities for actresses who are Black and thicker than thick used to be non-existent unless they were playing the Mammy; and in most cases, they were muted of all beauty and sexuality. We honor those Black actresses like Hattie McDaniel for breaking down barriers in the entertainment industry so that there would be a place, time and opportunity for actresses today to share their talent with the world. We are thankful that we are able to see images of our likeness on television and in film.

Today, the list of beautiful and plump actresses is steadily growing. Writers have started to give an authentic voice to female characters who have more to love. The characters now have more depth. We are transitioning from being able to play only the maid, the mom, and the sassy best friend, to having successful lives and even having love interests.

One evening I watched Raven Goodwin in her role as Niecy Patterson on BET’s Being Mary Jane. Goodwin was standing in front of the mirror, glowing in the eminence of her beauty as she tried on clothes for a night out. She stared proudly at who she saw in that mirror and I was ecstatic about it. The brilliantly edited montage of Goodwin getting dressed in form-fitting clothing even featured a moment where she stood in her bra and panties, showing the world that size does not diminish beauty. It was a scene I’d been waiting to see for my entire life.

But BET isn’t the only network to be blessed with a voluptuous beauty on one of their shows. Millions of us tuned in every Wednesday for eight weeks straight to watch the new FOX Drama, Empire. Cookie wasn’t the only one serving fierce night after night. Gabourey Sidibe came pumping through the halls of Empire Entertainment as Becky, the loyal yet firm executive assistant to Lucious Lyon. On Empire, Sidibe is witty and fearless, and her confidence is contagious. As a plus-size woman, I can admit that I have an insecurity about wearing tops that expose my arms. I just can’t do it. So I’d often yell at the screen, “Gabby, where are your sleeves?!” But I was honestly glad to see that Sidibe didn’t care one bit and wore the hell out of every outfit!

Fox may have its suspect views on pretty much everything, but it’s clear they love us BBWs. Before Sidibe, Glee featured the beautiful Amber Riley as belting diva club member Mercedes Jones. Riley even catapulted that opportunity into a stint on Dancing With The Stars, taking home the mirrorball trophy in 2013.

What’s most heartwarming is that even in an industry where competition is seemingly inevitable, these three young women can be seen flicking it up on Instagram and hanging out together. Yes, Black women of Hollywood do support one another.

But this is just the beginning for plus-size actresses. There are more of us out there patiently waiting in the wings. We are going from overlooked to overbooked. We are beautiful, smart, sexy, and have a rightful place in film and television. “Oh but my joy of today is that we can all be proud to say, to be young, gifted, Black, and fat is where it’s at!”

B. Scott And BET/Viacom Reach A Settlement In Gender Discrimination Suit

February 19th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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After two years of litigation, BET/Viacom and media personality B. Scott have reached a settlement. To recap, Scott was supposed to host the red carpet pre-show for the network’s 2013 BET Awards. However, things took a nasty turn when the transgender host was snatched off of the carpet just after the pre-show began and replaced by “The Real” host Adrienne Bailon. Apparently, Scott and the network were unable to see eye-to-eye about his attire for the show. Even after he changed clothes, they still did not allow him to return to the carpet. As a result, he sued for gender discrimination, and they’ve been back and forth to court ever since. In 2014, the case was thrown out by a judge, but Scott vowed that he would not be letting up and filed an appeal.

From the looks of it, BET and the blogger have either reached a resolution or have grown equally weary in fighting this legal battle and decided to throw in the towel because Scott happily took to the ‘web earlier today to announce that a settlement has been reached. His statement reads:

“Dear love muffins,

After two years of a lengthy legal battle with BET/Viacom, I can say that a settlement has been reached and ‘the matter is resolved.’

It’s never an easy decision to stand up for yourself and fight for your right to be who you are. It’s something that I believe in and it’s something that I’ll always continue to defend.

In recent months we’ve witnessed transgender individuals, gender non-conforming performers, and other allies in the fight for equality receive opportunities that may not have been extended to them a few years ago.

I’m proud to say I’m part of the change. I truly hope that by walking in my truth it encourages others to be who they are. Thank you to my attorney Waukeen McCoy, my family and friends and of course my love muffins for all of your continued support.

I must say, through it all God is so good.”

Scott’s attorney Waukeen McCoy also commented on the resolve, saying:

“Anti-Slapp statutes should not be used as a shield against discriminatory actions in an employment setting. Resolving litigation is good for all parties.”

Details regarding the settlement have not been revealed.

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