BET AND BET INTERNATIONAL NAME SOUTH AFRICAN RAPPER YOUNG STUNNA AS ITS ‘BET AMPLIFIED’ ARTIST FOR MAY 2022
BET and BET International reveal Amapiano sensation Young Stunna as its BET Amplified artist for May 2022. BET Amplified is BET Music's stamp of approval on the next big thing in music. Born and raised in Daveyton, South Africa, the 22 year old has taken the music industry by storm with his new-age Amapiano hits, including “Ba Xolele,” “Camagu,” and “Bopha.” Following the success of his hit single, “Adiwele,” Young Stunna, dropped his debut album titled Notumato, which means new beginnings in isiXhosa. The breakout album became #1 across all genres in South Africa and charted highly in multiple African markets like Ghana and Nigeria within its first week of release. Notumato features top Amapiano talent such as Kabza de Small, Big Zulu, and Daliwonga. Young Stunna recently participated in the coveted BET Hip Hop Awards International cypher and can now add BET Amplified Artist to his list of accolades. As a BET Amplified artist, Young Stunna will receive BET Music’s support across multiple BET campaigns and platforms including BET, BET Her, BET Jams, BET Soul, BET.com, BET Socials and BET’s Official YouTube Page
About Young Stunna
Growing up in Daveyton Young Stunna’s house was filled with multiple musical influences including his grandmother, who played Brenda Fassie, Lebo Mathosa. Their energy and content inspired him to pursue his dreams in the music industry. In grade 5, Young Stunna started writing and released his first track as a hip hop artist. In 2012 he started pursuing his dreams as a hip hop artist, poet, and actor. Young Stunna has worked with industry favorites such as Tyler ICU, Madumane, Eeque Da Dreama, Makwa, Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa, Mas Musiq, Aymos and Seekay. Young Stunna continues to be a voice for the youth and paving the path for new talent in the industry to follow.
Previous BET Amplified Artists include Babyface Ray, Blxst, Coi Leray, Masego, Muni Long, Snoh Aalegra, Tems and many more!
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[music] POWERHOUSE ENTERTAINER TARAJI P. HENSON RETURNS TO HOST CULTURE’S BIGGEST NIGHT “BET AWARDS” 2022
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BET announces Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning actor, writer, director, producer, and philanthropist Taraji P. Henson will return to host the “BET AWARDS” LIVE from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The “BET AWARDS” was the #1 cable award show among all adults 18-49 in 2021. “BET AWARDS” 2022 airs LIVE on BET on Sunday, June 26 at 8 PM ET/PT.
“I am honored to return as the host of the BET Awards and share the stage with so many powerful and prolific artists; you can even say it is the ‘empire’ of Black Excellence,” said Taraji P. Henson. “Working with amazing partners like Scott and Connie at BET and Jesse Collins Entertainment is a creative’s dream. I can’t wait to celebrate Black music, entertainment, and culture with our viewers on what will be one unforgettable night.”
“Taraji P. Henson is the personification of Black excellence, and we are excited to collaborate with the phenomenal multi-talented stage and screen actress to host the ultimate celebration of Black culture again this year,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET. “For over two decades, the BET Awards has been home to Black brilliance, talent, and creativity, providing unforgettable cultural moments, and we look forward to raising the bar for BET Awards 2022.
Most recently Henson’s TPH Entertainment struck an overall deal with BET Studios, an unprecedented studio venture launched in September 2021 powered by the infrastructure and financing of BET and Paramount to produce original content for an array of internal buyers, including Paramount+, SHOWTIME, CBS, Nickelodeon, BET+, and BET. Additionally, BET Studios places programming on third-party platforms seeking best-in-class content from both leading and rising Black creatives.
Connie Orlando, EVP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy will oversee the annual show, with Jamal Noisette, VP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy to Co-Executive Produce for BET. Jesse Collins Entertainment is the production company for the show with Jesse Collins, Dionne Harmon and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay serving as Executive Producers.
BET.com/bet-awards is the official site for “BET Awards” 2022 and will have all the latest news and updates about this year's show.
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[TV] BET ANNOUNCES REVIVAL OF HIT REALITY SERIES “COLLEGE HILL: CELEBRITY EDITION” FEATURING CELEBRITIES WHO WILL HIT THE YARD AS STUDENTS AT TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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NENE LEAKES, RAY J, LAMAR ODOM, BIG FREEDIA, STACEY DASH, DREAMDOLL, INDIA LOVE, SLIM THUG WILL JOIN THE REIMAGINED NEW SEASON TO PURSUE DREAMS OF HIGHER EDUCATION
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Label - Ghetto Youths International
Executive producers - Stephen Marley / Damian Marley
All songs produced by Stephen “Ragga” Marley and Paul Fakhourie
Mixed by: Errol Brown
Distributor - One RPM
Visual Artist - WonderKnack
Release Date - March 18th 2022
1. Queen Ifrica - Four Women
2. Maya Azucena - Mr. Bojangles
3. Etana - Young Gifted and Black
4. Melanie Fiona - Don’t Explain
5. Joss Stone - Here Comes The Sun
6. Cedella Marley - Misunderstood
7. Terri Walker - No Good Man
[FILM] ABFf Offers Studios Year-Round Opportunity to Reach Festival Audiences with Expansion of ABFF PLAY
The American Black Film Festival Offers Studios Year-Round Opportunity to Reach Festival Audiences with Expansion of Its Content Platform ABFF PLAY
The expanded ABFF PLAY serves as a virtual venue for studios, networks and streamers to promote content and engage with a curated audience of consumers passionate about Black film and television. Studio partners can maintain an exclusive channel 365 days a year on ABFF PLAY to feature trailers, host screenings and present live or video-on-demand talent interviews. The available content will be amplified across the ABFF brand’s network and social media platforms.
“For 26 years, ABFF has showcased and celebrated Black culture, creativity and content,” said Nicole Friday, president and general manager, ABFF Ventures LLC. “The expansion of the ABFF PLAY platform is a natural extension of the brand providing an ‘always on’ opportunity for studio and network partners to reach and engage with our festival audience outside of the five-day event in Miami.”
ABFF PLAY launched during the coronavirus pandemic providing a virtual hosting venue for the 2020 and 2021 American Black Film Festivals. The festivals’ lineup of independent films, talks, spotlight screenings, and networking events were available on the platform attracting an audience of more than 75,000 across 95 countries.
Partners to date include WarnerMedia, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney, Comcast NBCUniversal, Fox, National Geographic, Starz, BBC America, Epix and ALLBLK. Powered by Endeavor Streaming, ABFF PLAY is accessible via the web, mobile apps (IOS and Android) and soon on a variety of streaming devices including Apple TV, Fire TV and Roku.
For more information about ABFF PLAY visit www.abffplay.com. Follow @ABFFPLAY on social media, and for the American Black Film Festival visit www.abff.com. Follow @ABFF on Twitter and @AmericanBlackFilmFestival on Instagram and Facebook.
Recently, K. Michelle debuted her new television series, My Killer Body with K. Michelle, via Lifetime. Executive produced by the R&B chart-topper, K. addresses her struggles with silicone injections that almost took her life on the show and attempts to help desperate men and women correct plastic surgery procedures and get their lives back. In addition, K. Michelle also appeared in the Lifetime TV Movie Single Black Female opposite Amber Riley and Raven Goodwin.
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[EVENT] All-Star Gospel Celebration In Cleveland with Maverick City, Mali Music, Kierra Sheard-Kelly, DOE and Angella Christie
The commemoration will honor doers and game-changers in the sports industry. Honorees include co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, Valerie Daniels Carter, with the Slam Dunk "Game Changer" award, former Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association, Billy Hunter, with the "Faith & Endurance" award, as well as father and son duo Pastor Larry Macon Jr. and Pastor Larry Macon Sr. with the "Living Legend" award.
For 15 years, a Female-Black-Owned Production Company has produced All-Star Gospel Celebration during a male-dominated sports weekend. Executive Producer Tomeka B. Holyfield takes pride in producing such an epic and celebratory event. ASGC, whose theme this year is “Faith and Philanthropy,” has been exceptionally successful during NBA All-Star weekend paying tribute to NBA players, wives, coaches, high-profile individuals, and community leaders who effect change in the lives of others while portraying an inspiring and motivating image. The 15th Annual All-Star Gospel Celebration will celebrate faith and philanthropy during NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND in Cleveland by bringing together unity, diversity, peace, love, and power!
National Attention has been brought to the Christian Community in each city NBA All-Star Weekend has traveled, leaving a lasting impression on individuals who've attended these events. Some of the Hottest Gospel/Christian Artists have graced the stage as everyone enjoys three hours of Crazy Praise year after year! This year, ASGC will once again honor some extraordinary individuals as our Slam Dunk Honorees and Celebrate the Faith during NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND! Please find event details below.
All-Star Gospel Celebration
Mt. Zion Oakwood Village - 1 Mount Zion Cir, Bedford, OH 4416
Red-Carpet: 6:30pm ET
Doors Open: 7:00pm ET
Concert/Awards Show: 8:00–10:00pm
VIP Post Reception: 11:00-12MIDNIGHT
Tomeka B. Holyfield was selected by the NBA All-Star Entertainment Division in 2006, to produce an Inspiration component in conjunction with NBA All-Star Weekend. For 15 years, her “All-Star Gospel Celebration” (ASGC) has kicked off the weekend of festivities. ASGC has become the flagship production within the RCM Media Productions portfolio, which provides a one of a kind platform bringing together; Gospel Artists, the NBA Chaplains Association, NBA Wives Association, NBA Players, their families, and their fans locally and from around the globe – in one arena for one night, to kick-off NBA All-Star Weekend, An evening full of inspirational praise and philanthropy. “A Party with/a Purpose”
THE 23RD ANNUAL SUPER BOWL GOSPEL CELEBRATION RETURNS WITH TRIPLE THREAT SIMULCAST STREAMING ON PRIME VIDEO AND IMDB TV AND PREMIERING ON BOUNCE TV SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12 AT 8E/7C ON, WITH ENCORE ON ION
Themed “Catch The Light,” The Show Honors Pro Football Hall of Famer & Jackson State University Head Coach Deion “Prime Time” Sanders With the Lifetime of Inspiration Award
Hosted by Sarah Jakes Roberts and DC Young Fly, Show Features Performances By CeCe Winans, CeeLo Green, Chloe, Mali Music, Pastor Mike Jr, Natalie Grant, Regina Belle, LeCrae, and The NFL Players Choir; Special Appearances By NFL Players Russell Wilson, Myles Garrett, Kirk Cousins, Cam Jordan, Stefon Diggs, and Matt Judon
Bounce will premiere the highly-anticipated 23rd Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration on Saturday, February 12 at 8 pm ET. The debut telecast will be followed by an encore on Bounce’s sister network ION Sunday, February 13 at 12 am ET, and will continue to be available to stream in front of the paywall on Prime Video and on IMDb TV throughout February in celebration of Black History Month.
Bounce and ION Telecast Schedule:
Premiere - Saturday, February 12 at 8 pm ET on Bounce
- Saturday, February 12 at 9 pm ET - Bounce
- Sunday, February 13 at 12 am ET - ION
- Sunday, February 13 at 10 am ET and 11 am ET - Bounce
Themed “Catch the Light,” the groundbreaking praise and worship extravaganza is an annual highlight of Super Bowl weekend, hosted this season by inspirational figure Sarah Jakes Roberts and funnyman DC Young Fly. This unique annual praise fest highlights NFL players and their faith, with uplifting songs of joy and shout-worthy, never-before-seen performances and mashups. Viewers are offered a rare glimpse into the spiritual lives of their favorite NFL players, as well as what inspires them to greatness each day. The hour-long show was taped in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Dallas as a concession to the still ongoing COVID pandemic.
“This 23-year journey with the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is a testament to how faith can grow the seed of a dream into a reality far greater than any plan we might have set out to achieve. Despite every obstacle placed in our path, our faith in this vision has been rewarded with this anointed production that has touched the lives of so many,” said Melanie Few, Founder and Executive Producer.
Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is making a special presentation to the 2022 Lifetime of Inspiration Award recipient Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders, sponsored by the Amazon Black Business Accelerator Program. The current head coach for Jackson State University’s football team, two-time SuperBowl champion, Pro Football Hall of Famer, and Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year is being honored for his commitment to bringing more visibility to HBCU sports franchises and reinvigorating HBCU sports into high-profile must-watch events. Coach Prime is one of only four NFL Players to ever receive this prestigious award.
“As we approach our 23rd anniversary, I am so very thankful for the support and partnership of the National Football League. I am also excited for the amazing partners that have joined forces to help elevate this brand. It is truly a privilege to honor Coach Prime as I have followed him his entire career and watched him be a light to others, both on and off the field,” added Few, the only woman and person of color that produces an NFL sanctioned event during Super Bowl week.
“Super Bowl Gospel provides an opportunity for our players to celebrate their faith,” said Arthur McAfee, the NFL’s senior vice president for player engagement. “A large number of our players are of faith, and they celebrate that faith many ways during the course of the game and throughout the season. You may see them take a knee and pray, either prior to or after the game. This is one of the natural connections we have to help players elevate their platform.”
This year’s production features a roster of anointed performances including a Gospel medley from multiple Grammy Award winner CeCe Winans; a duet between Pastor Mike, Jr. and multi-talented entertainer CeeLo Green; Mali Music joining singer/actress Chloe in a heartfelt collaboration to salute individuals impacted by cancer; singer/songwriter Natalie Grant; and a cypher led by two-time Grammy-winning Christian rapper LeCrae. Songstress Regina Belle is joining the famed NFL Players Choir for an inspiring song selection closing out the show.
Other slated guest appearances include Seattle Seahawks Quarterback - Russell Wilson, Cleveland Browns Defensive End - Myles Garrett, New Orleans Saints Defensive End - Cam Jordan, Minnesota Vikings Quarterback - Kirk Cousins, Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver - Stefon Diggs, New England Patriots Linebacker and Defensive Player of the Year contender - Matt Judon.
The Black Women’s Health Imperative, the first and only national non-profit focused on the health and wellness of Black women and girls, will present special recognition to retired Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams for his contributions to driving life-saving cancer screenings through his nonprofit, The DeAngelo Williams Foundation.
The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration will be available to stream on Prime Video in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, and on IMDb TV in the U.S. and the U.K.
Super Bowl Gospel Celebration (SBGC) was originally founded and executive produced in 1999 as a gospel brunch in Miami by Atlanta-based marketing consultant Melanie Few and continues as the only multicultural program and inspirational event sanctioned by the NFL during Super Bowl weekend. The evening brings together an ensemble of NFL players, gospel/contemporary Christian performers, award-winning musicians spanning all genres, and faith-based leaders on one stage for a spectacular show filled with song, prayer, hope, and uplifting messages.
Past SBGC shows have featured performers such as Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell Williams, Koryn Hawthorne, Patti Labelle, Erica Campbell, Gladys Knight, Fantasia, Donnie McClurkin, and Anthony Hamilton among others.
This year’s Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is sponsored by NFL Player Engagement, Black Women’s Health Imperative, United Airlines, Juice Plus, Amazon Black Business Accelerator Program, and Compassion International.
For more information, visit superbowlgospel.com and join the social conversation using #SuperBowlGospel and #CatchTheLight.
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