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BET NETWORK’S “SUNDAY BEST” ANNOUNCES SEASON 9 FINALISTS

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BET NETWORK'S “SUNDAY BEST” ANNOUNCES SEASON 9 FINALISTS - JOSHUA COPELAND AND MELVIN CRISPELL, III - BET SET TO CROWN SEASON 9 WINNER OF “SUNDAY BEST” ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 25TH AT 8PM ET/PT

“ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE” AND “NOT THE END OF YOUR STORY” FROM JOSHUA COPELAND AND MELVIN CRISPELL, III NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH RCA INSPIRATION SEASON 9 FINALE WILL FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY TASHA COBBS LEONARD, VASHAWN MITCHELL, KELLY PRICE, AND JONATHAN MCREYNOLDS +ERICA CAMPBELL TO DEBUT NEW SINGLE “PRAYING & BELIEVING”VOTING OPEN NOW AT BET.COM/VOTESUNDAYBESTAfter making a triumphant return from its four-year hiatus earlier this summer, BET’s inspirational singing competition, “Sunday Best,” moves closer to crowning a new gospel superstar. Last night, the Grammy Award-winning songstress, Fantasia heated up the stage with a debut performance of “Looking For You,” from her forthcoming album Sketchbook. She later joined the judge’s panel, kicking off an emotional night full of surprises which ended with Joshua Copeland and Melvin Crispell, III moving forward to the finale episode airing on August 25, 2019 at 8PM ET/PT. Fans are now encouraged to vote for their favorite contestant at: BET.com/VoteSundayBest.Challenged with connecting with their inner selves this week, each contestant had to perform twice. For the first performance, the contestants chose a personal song and Kirk surprised them with a close family member for motivation. Joshua selected Tasha Cobbs’ “I’m getting Ready,” while Melvin, performed Hezekiah Walker’s “Wonderful Is Your Name,” which was written by his late father Melvin Crispell II.For their second performance of the night, the competitors performed original songs created by a team of heavy hitters, including GRAMMY®-nominated mega-hit wonder Makeba Riddick-Woods (Rihanna, Beyoncé, Tamar Braxton, Koryn Hawthorne) and six-time GRAMMY®-winning powerhouse Aaron Lindsey (Israel Houghton, Marvin Sapp, Kenny Lattimore, Smokie Norful). What resulted was two awe-inspiring gospel singles “Anything is Possible” by Joshua Copeland and “Not The End of Your Story,” by Melvin Crispell III; both songs featured production by Lindsey and were co-produced by GRAMMY®-winner Myron Butler.Today, RCA Inspiration releases these two new songs, as the first installment of their partnership with BET to spotlight new music from the hit gospel competition series. Both songs are now available at digital music providers.The season 9 winner will receive a recording contract with RCA Inspiration, a cash prize of $50,000 and the title “Sunday Best.” BET will crown the season 9 Sunday Best winner on Sunday, August 25th at 8:00 PM ET/PT. The finale episode will feature special performances from GRAMMY Award®-winner Tasha Cobbs Leonard, multiple Stellar Award-winner VaShawn Mitchell. Fans will also see soul-stirring performances from judges Jonathan McReynolds, Kelly Price, and Erica Campbell debuting her new single “Praying & Believing.”For updates and more information about “SUNDAY BEST”, please visit BET.com/SundayBest. Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag: #BETSundayBest.[caption id="attachment_236177" align="alignnone" width="1800"]radio facts,radio djs,urban adult,Urban Radio,
urban radio personalities, rap radio stations,r&b radio station, hip hop music radio, black female singers Joshua Copeland behind the scenes of BET's "Sunday Best" episode 903. (Photo: Nathan Bolster/BET)[/caption][caption id="attachment_236178" align="alignnone" width="1800"]radio facts,radio djs,urban adult,Urban Radio,
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BET ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL NOMINEES FOR THE 2017 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS

Digital and Radio Facts: BET ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL NOMINEES FOR THE 2017 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS AS SOLANGE TOPS WITH 7 NOMINATIONS FOLLOWED BY FELLOW HITMAKERS...

“BEING MARY JANE” Season Four Returns Tuesday, July 18

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This summer, bet Networks’ #1 original drama series, starring Gabrielle Union, “BEING MARY JANE” returns just in time to bring the heat. On Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 10 PM season four returns with ten more episodes giving viewers their fix of the drama in the world of Mary Jane Paul.

Viewers will catch up with Mary Jane as she has bitten off more of the Big Apple than she can chew. After becoming a national anchor on the morning news show “Great Day USA,” Mary Jane is feeling distrustful of Justin (Michael Ealy) after Kara’s (Lisa Vidal) firing. Mary Jane tries to make it work with Lee (Chiké Okonkwo), but resisting Justin is undermining her performance in the coveted co-anchor spot and forces a final reckoning with Lee.


"BEING MARY JANE" is executive produced by Will Packer and Erica Shelton Kodish who serves as the series showrunner and writer. Packer and Shelton Kodish join Gabrielle Union, Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil as executive producers and co-executive producer Jeff Morrone. The series was created by Mara Brock Akil. BET, Will Packer Productions and Akil Productions will produce the fourth season of the series. Korin D. Huggins, Head of Television for Will Packer Productions, will oversee on behalf of Will Packer Productions.


For video sneak peeks and first looks from the new season of "BEING MARY JANE," visit the official page at BET.com/beingmaryjane. Viewers can also find series updates on Facebook by liking the fan page at Facebook: Facebook.com/BeingMaryJane. Also, join the conversation about the show on Twitter by using hashtag: #BeingMaryJane; follow the show for all updates & special surprises: @BeingMaryJane. For more information about the series visit BET.com.

Irv Gotti Announces New Partnership with 300 Entertainment

rfocus.orgIt was 1997 when Murder Inc., first burst onto the music scene and 20 years later they are still making headlines.  Murder Inc. founder and CEO Irv Gotti announced earlier this year via Instagram that he was reviving his label that was bogged down by legal woes during the height of its success in the early 2000s which ultimately led to its demise.This weekend he made another announcement that he and 300 Entertainment are now in business together "Me. Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles. Back at it again.  Everyone get ready for some dope music." he posted on his Instagram.It is still unclear as to what the actual deal is but it most likely a distribution deal through 300 Entertainment.  The partnership has already signed two acts Boogiie Byrd and duo Fitted Circle. Gotti also has created and was Executive Producer of  'Tales: A New Hip Hop Anthology" series which will merge new and old school Hip Hop into visually stunning narratives premiering on June 27 at 10/9 on bet.  Boogiie Byrd and Fitted Circle will both provide original music for the series.
Stephen Hill Exits BET as part of Network's Rejuvenation

Stephen Hill Exits BET as part of Network’s Rejuvenation

Debra Lee stated: "I want to let you know that Stephen Hill, President of Programming for BET Networks has decided to step down from his role. Stephen joined Viacom in 1995, and then BET in 1999, serving as President of Music Programming and Specials before taking on the role as President of Programing. Stephen has earned a reputation as one of the leading creative minds in television and music. His contributions to the team have been invaluable as we worked together to successfully reinvigorate our brand. Who could ever forget THE Prince Tribute, James Brown and Michael Jackson, Beyoncé & Kendrick Lamar? This list can go on and on. The incredible "awww yeahhh" moments Stephen has created during his 18 years literally are too many to mention."Hill responded: "This Friday, 6,549 days after I took my first step through the doors of BET, I will walk my last one out. It has been my honor to serve this brand in that span and I am thrilled to have been able to be a member of the teams that ideated and created so many spectacles, moments, memories and miracles. It’s been fulfilling to be part of huge changes that literally shifted culture. As we go forward, I’m excited by all of our immediate and long term upcoming trajectories."
Stephen Hill Exits BET as part of Network's Rejuvenation

Stephen Hill Exits BET as part of Network's Rejuvenation

Debra Lee stated: "I want to let you know that Stephen Hill, President of Programming for BET Networks has decided to step down from his role. Stephen joined Viacom in 1995, and then BET in 1999, serving as President of Music Programming and Specials before taking on the role as President of Programing. Stephen has earned a reputation as one of the leading creative minds in television and music. His contributions to the team have been invaluable as we worked together to successfully reinvigorate our brand. Who could ever forget THE Prince Tribute, James Brown and Michael Jackson, Beyoncé & Kendrick Lamar? This list can go on and on. The incredible "awww yeahhh" moments Stephen has created during his 18 years literally are too many to mention."Hill responded: "This Friday, 6,549 days after I took my first step through the doors of BET, I will walk my last one out. It has been my honor to serve this brand in that span and I am thrilled to have been able to be a member of the teams that ideated and created so many spectacles, moments, memories and miracles. It’s been fulfilling to be part of huge changes that literally shifted culture. As we go forward, I’m excited by all of our immediate and long term upcoming trajectories."
BET Announces Star Studded Lineup for the BET Experience

BET Announces Star Studded Lineup for the BET Experience

rfocus.orgBET NETWORKS and AEG announced the first wave of star-studded talent that will take the stage at the 5th annual BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola®. This year's lineup of concerts at STAPLES Center will feature some of today's hottest artists including Snoop Dogg ,Wiz Khalifa, Migos, A$AP Rocky, ScHoolboy Q, Bryson Tiller, Kid Cudi, Gucci Mane, Jhené Aiko, Rae Sremmurd, Jidenna, Young Thug, Desiigner, Keyshia Cole, Pusha T, THEY., H.E.R., Playboi Carti and Khalid. Additional STAPLES Center performers as well as the lineup of concerts at The Novo presented by Microsoft will be announced soon.

The four-day event will showcase the best in music and entertainment. Interactive activations and ticketed shows including a celebrity basketball game will also take place at the BET Fan Fest on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

BET EXPERIENCE AT STAPLES CENTER SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, June 22, 2017
Kid Cudi, Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa, Pusha T, Desiigner, Playboi Carti

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017
Bryson Tiller, Jhené Aiko, Keyshia Cole, Jidenna, Khalid, THEY., H.E.R.

SATURDAY, June 24, 2017
A$AP Rocky, ScHoolboy Q, Gucci Mane, Rae Sremmurd, Migos, Young Thug

SUNDAY, June 25, 2017
"BET AWARDS" at Microsoft Theater

VIP Packages for the 5th year of the BET Experience weekend are better than ever and now on-sale. In addition to VIP amenities throughout the weekend and incredible seats for STAPLES Center shows, three levels of BETX VIP Packages offer guests the only opportunity to purchase tickets to the highly anticipated BET Awards, broadcast live from Microsoft Theater. Last year the in-demand VIP Packages sold out, so guests are encouraged to purchase now before the allotment is depleted. Full package amenities and pricing for the Diamond, Platinum and Gold VIP Packages can be found by visiting BETExperience.com or by calling (877) 234-8425.

General tickets for the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® will go on sale March 23rd, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. (PST).

Radio Personality LIZ BLACK Joins BET Staff

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Radio Facts: When Black Entertainment Television (BET) premiered its new weekly musical television program “Joyful Noise” a couple of weeks ago, Liz Black’s Twitter page buzzed with friends and fans asking if that was her voice opening the show and introducing its host Tye Tribbett.It was indeed the legendary New York City area radio personality who hosts “Sunday Praise” on the Big Apple’s WBLS 107.5 and also on its sister station WLIB 1190 AM. “It’s very exciting,” says Black. “I’ve been doing radio for years but this feels like a totally new adventure for me and I’m loving every minute of it.”A New York native, Black began to emcee shows as early as the age of five. She began her career as a model and appeared in television commercials. After a spiritual rebirth in the 1990s, Black began to host her own variety shows where she gave a platform to aspiring artists to showcase their talent. She also hosted Gospel Amateur Night at the world-famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem and hosted shows at a variety of gospel radio stations before joining New York’s 24-hour gospel station WLIB in 2007. In 2010, she joined the legendary R&B radio powerhouse WBLS where she hosts “Sunday Praise.” Black also hosts the syndicated weekend radio program “Inspirations with Liz Black” that airs on the Rejoice Musical Soulfood Network that boasts over 50 affiliates.She also hosts Super Radio’s “Gospel 360” syndicated daily entertainment news actuality.

Radio Personality LIZ BLACK Joins BET Staff

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Radio Facts: When Black Entertainment Television (BET) premiered its new weekly musical television program “Joyful Noise” a couple of weeks ago, Liz Black’s Twitter page buzzed with friends and fans asking if that was her voice opening the show and introducing its host Tye Tribbett.It was indeed the legendary New York City area radio personality who hosts “Sunday Praise” on the Big Apple’s WBLS 107.5 and also on its sister ...
Steve Harvey Speaks on Being an ICON MANN and a Real Man

Steve Harvey Speaks on Being an ICON MANN and a Real Man

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Radio Facts: BET Networks and ICON MANN partnered to celebrate the positive impact that Black men are making domestically and across the globe with the launch of ICON MANN™ "28 Men of Change." ™ The special Black History Month initiative shared the journeys of 28 contemporary trailblazers whose formula for success includes empowering others, and who credit their personal and professional advancement to their continued investment in philanthropy. This is Steve Harvey's ICON MANN testimony.

Digital and Radio Facts Pic of the Day – BET HONORS

Radio Facts: This is a great photo of Jennifer Hudson, Aretha Franklin, and Janelle Monae from the bet Honors celebration. If you missed the show, Jennifer Hudson did her thing as she paid tribute to the Queen of Soul and Janelle Monae also held it down with her best Michael Jackson impression as she performed  Jackson 5 classics for Berry Gordy.bethonors

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