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Beyonce is giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the making of her most recent LP with a special on ABC.ABC made the announcement that the hour-long presentation, titled Beyoncé Presents: Making the Gift, will show the process of creating The Lion King: The Gift. The compilation album was released on July 19 with Disney's live-action remake of the beloved film. Beyoncé, who starred as Nala, served as executive producer while also contributing vocals to the album, which was produced through Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records. The album, which tied in the themes from The Lion King, also included interludes with clips from the remake of the film. Other artists featured included Jay-Z, Pharrell, Jessie Reyez, Tekno, Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, WizKid, Tiwa Savage, Shatta Wale, Tierra Whack, and more. Beyoncé and Jay-Z's daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, also made a special appearance on the popular track, "Brown Skin Girl." “Beyoncé Presents: Making the Gift” was written, directed and produced by Beyoncé alongside her co-director Ed Burke. Steve Pamon and Erinn Williams also served as executive producers. The special is set to air tonight, September 16 at 10 pm ET. Take a peek at Making The Gift in the teaser below. https://twitter.com/ABCNetwork/status/1173289378501677056?s=20
ANITA BAKER TO BE HONORED WITH PRESTIGIOUS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD BET Networks announced R&B music legend, and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, Anita Baker will be honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the “BET Awards” 2018. In addition, for the first time, BET has selected six individuals - James Shaw Jr., Naomi Wadler, Mamoudou Gassama, Justin Blackman, Shaun King and Anthony Borges – to be honored as Humanitarian Heroes. The "BET Awards" 2018 will air LIVE on Sunday, June 24 at 8 pm ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA on BET. Anita Baker is undeniably one of the greatest living legends in the music industry and BET will honor her accordingly at the June 24th ceremony. With a career that spanned nearly four decades, she made an everlasting impression on the sound of Soul and R&B music that has inspired generations to come. Ms. Baker is regarded as a trailblazer, opening doors for many females in the industry. Known for ballads such as, “Body & Soul,” “Just Because,” and “Giving You The Best That I Got,” Baker has won eight Grammy Awards and has seven platinum albums. Earlier this year the venerable Ms. Baker announced her retirement and is currently embarking on her farewell concert series. BET is taking an exciting new direction when it comes to honoring humanitarians. This year, the Network will recognize six individuals who have done extraordinary things in some of the most disheartening of situations. The intention is to remind everyone that you don’t have to be a celebrity to give back and support others in need; we all have the opportunity to make a difference for the betterment of humankind. The Humanitarian Heroes include, James Shaw Jr. (disarmed Waffle House shooter), Naomi Wadler (11yr old speaker at March For Our Lives), Mamoudou Gassama (Climbed outside of building to save dangling 4-year-old), Justin Blackman (only student to walk out of his High School on National Student Walk-Out Day), Shaun King (journalist who has been instrumental in covering untold stories in the black community), Anthony Borges (Parkland Victim/Hero who threw himself in line of fire - shot 5 times). The bravery and strength of the highlighted 2018 honorees is truly exceptional. As previously announced, award-winning actor and musical artist, Jamie Foxx will host this year’s awards. DJ Khaled dominates this year’s nominations with a total of 6 including ‘Video of the Year,’ two for ‘Best Collaboration,’ with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller for ‘Wild Thoughts,’ and with Jay-Z, Future and Beyoncé for ‘Top Off,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ and ‘Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice.’ Kendrick Lamar follows with five nods including ‘Best Collaboration,’ with Rihanna for ‘Loyalty.,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ and ‘Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice.’ Other leading nominees include Migos, nominated for four awards including ‘Best Group,’ and ‘Album of the Year,” and SZA, also nominated for four awards, including ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist’ and ‘Best New Artist.’ The “BET Awards” 2018 will premiere around the world on BET’s international networks. It will air in the UK on June 26th at 9:00PM BST, in Africa on June 26th at 8:00PM CAT, in France on June 26th at 9:00PM CEST and in South Korea on June 26th at 9:00PM KST. Internationally, fans in 100 countries can also stream the “BET Awards” 2018 live with BET Play, BET International’s subscription video on demand application. The iOS and Android app, which also features current and classic BET television series, documentaries, stand-up comedy and legendary musical performances, will carry a live feed of the red carpet and the Awards, and is available for download now in the iTunes and Google Play stores for $3.99 a month following a seven-day free trial. Connie Orlando, Executive Vice-President, Head of Programming at BET will serve as Executive Producer for the “BET Awards” 2018 along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.
ACADEMY AND GRAMMY AWARD WINNER, JAMIE FOXX TO HOST “BET AWARDS” 2018“BET AWARDS” 2018 TO AIR LIVE ON SUNDAY, JUNE 24 FROM MICROSOFT THEATER IN LOS ANGELES AT 8 P.M. ET BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE PRESENTED BY COCA-COLA® TAKES PLACE JUNE 21 – 24, 2018 #BETAWARDS BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B sted NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), today announced Academy Award-winning actor and Grammy award-winning musician Jamie Foxx as this year’s "BET Awards" 2018 host. Returning to the stage as host for the second time after nearly a decade, Foxx joins an A-List roster of comedians and entertainers who have lit the room, including Leslie Jones, Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, Chris Rock, Mo’Nique, Kevin Hart and Chris Tucker. This year’s broadcast celebrates 18 years of dynamic performances, groundbreaking moments, the hottest talent in the game, and entertainment’s most thought-provoking players. Most importantly, the “BET Awards” continues to tackle culturally relevant topics and conversations, setting the standard for one of the most intently unconventional, news-provoking and talked-about broadcasts. The “BET Awards” 2018 will air LIVE on Sunday, June 24 at 8 pm ET from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on BET. An award-winning actor, musical artist, and renowned comedian, Jamie Foxx is one of Hollywood’s rare elite multi-faceted performers. Getting his start on the comedy circuit, Foxx burst into the mainstream with, “In Living Color” and “The Jamie Foxx Show.” He most recently appeared in Edgar Wright’s critically acclaimed, “Baby Driver,” alongside Ansel Elgort, and currently executive produces and hosts interactive game show, “Beat Shazam,” now in its second season. In November, Jamie will star in Lionsgate’s Robin Hood opposite Taron Egerton and Jamie Dornan. Foxx also recently wrapped production on his directorial debut, All-Star Weekend that he also wrote and stars in. As previously announced, DJ Khaled dominates this year’s nominations with a total of 6 including ‘Video of the Year,’ two for ‘Best Collaboration,’ with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller for ‘Wild Thoughts,’ and with Jay-Z, Future and Beyoncé for ‘Top Off,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ and ‘Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice.’ Kendrick Lamar follows with five nods including ‘Best Collaboration,’ with Rihanna for ‘Loyalty.,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ and ‘Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice.’ Other leading nominees include Migos, nominated for four awards including ‘Best Group,’ and ‘Album of the Year,” and SZA, also nominated for four awards, including ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist’ and ‘Best New Artist.’ BET Networks recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across over 19 categories with the "BET Awards" 2018 nominations. The nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is comprised of fans and an esteemed group of entertainment professionals in the fields of television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, and the creative arts. The “BET Awards” 2018 will premiere around the world on BET’s international networks. It will air in the UK on June 26th at 9:00PM BST, in Africa on June 26th at 8:00PM CAT, in France on June 26th at 9:00PM CEST and in South Korea on June 26th at 9:00PM KST. Internationally, fans in 100 countries can also stream the “BET Awards” 2018 live with BET Play, BET International’s subscription video on demand application. The iOS and Android app, which also features current and classic BET television series, documentaries, stand-up comedy and legendary musical performances, will carry a live feed of the red carpet and the Awards, and is available for download now in the iTunes and Google Play stores for $3.99 a month following a seven-day free trial. Connie Orlando, Executive Vice-President, Head of Programming at BET will serve as Executive Producer for the “BET Awards” 2018 along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.
Netflix Forming Storytelling Partnership With Barack and Michelle ObamaPresident Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series with Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service. The Obamas will produce a diverse mix of content, including the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features. These projects will be available to the 125 million member Netflix households in 190 countries. The Obamas have established Higher Ground Productions as the entity under which they will produce content for Netflix. “One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience,” said President Obama. “That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix – we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.” “Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others,” said Mrs. Obama. “Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.” “Barack and Michelle Obama are among the world’s most respected and highly-recognized public figures and are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “We are incredibly proud they have chosen to make Netflix the home for their formidable storytelling abilities.” About Netflix:
[caption id="attachment_190446" align="alignnone" width="731"] O.J. Simpson[/caption] People of Earth, I have a very serious question. Is there anyone out there who still believes that O.J. Simpson didn’t do it? On Sunday FOX aired a “lost” O.J. interview. The footage was taped in 2006 when O.J. was getting ready to release a book about the murders titled If I Did it. Wisely, the book never reached shelves. In one of the key moments from the interview O.J. remembers taking a knife from a mysterious man named Charlie. O.J. says he then blacked out and the next thing he remembers is being surrounded by “blood and stuff.” Yes, it’s as creepy as it sounds. If you’ve followed everything from the Bronco chase to the decades of news coverage, to the amazing television adaptations and documentaries and you still believe with all of your heart that O.J. is innocent I would love to hear from you. I have so many questions for you. Why do you believe that? Was he your hero? Your first crush? Did he pay off your mom’s student loans? Do you only use Hertz rental cars because you love old O.J. commercials so much? I understand the interest in O.J. His story is a fifty car pile-up that America cannot stop slowing down and glaring at. It is the perfect storm of crime, race, sex, sports, entertainment, and politics. It checks all of the boxes. I watched ESPN’s documentary O.J: Made In America in 2016 while I was on VACATION. My girlfriend and I took time away from New Orleans food, music and drinks to watch TEN HOURS of O.J. I do not regret one second of it. That documentary is one of my all-time favorite television experiences. It is riveting from beginning to end. It is the first thing I’ve seen or read about the O.J. case that provides the proper context surrounding the verdict. You walk away from it with a complete understanding of how he could be acquitted with a mountain of evidence pointing to no one else but The Juice. You also get to see that O.J. is kind of a self-absorbed, terrible person. This newly released interview throws another log on to the “O.J. did it” fire. It’s difficult to look at the evidence, watch O.J.’s latest weird statements, know about the long history of domestic abuse between him and Nicole Brown Simpson and still think he is innocent. So please, if there is anyone out there who still believes that your favorite Buffalo Bill is getting a bad rap, give me a shout. I’d love to have some of what you’re drinking. Check out a clip of the interview here.