Friday, June 24, Culture Creators gathered black culture’s most impactful and inspiring voices under one roof for the third annual “Innovators & Leaders” Awards Brunch. This year, the event took over The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills and received the support of sponsors such as
Rémy Martin, The Mane Choice, Morgan Stanley, and Beats by Dre.
300-plus guests witnessed the honorees receive their respective awards and share stories, memories, and gratitude. Bringing the house to its feet in a roar of applause, Sylvia Rhone garnered the Culture Creators Icon Award.
Other recipients included Jemele Hill, who received the Defiance Award, Kenya Barris, Jana Fleishman, Tunji Balogun, Shawn Gee, and more. Celebrity guests included Will.i.am, DJ Khaled, Tank,
Andre Harrell, Miles Brown, Essence Atkins, Luke James, Waka Flocka, and more.
Once again, Culture Creators magnified the resonance of Black Culture’s “Innovators & Leaders” and kicked off BET weekend in uplifting fashion.
BET’s hit 3-part biopic, The New Edition Story, was a bonafide phenomenon, attracting 29 Million Total Viewers P2+ to the miniseries during premiere week (including premiere telecasts and encores, across BET and Centric). On BET alone, the miniseries grossed 15.7MM viewers 18-49 and 28.4MM total viewers P2+ in its full premiere week (Live + Same Day viewing).
Premiere and Finale episodes of the special each drew 2.5MM viewers P18-49, and 4.2MM total viewers P2+ on BET alone for premiere telecasts (Live +Same Day viewing). In time-shifted viewing, the NE Story 3-part average increased its audience by +33% (+844K P18-49 viewers) on Live +3, with a 3.87 (3.4MM P18-49) EDAC rating across BET and Centric.
On the music side of things, the film also made its mark on the music industry, as nostalgic fans pushed New Edition’s songs and albums to the top of the iTunes charts. As of Friday, January 27th, New Edition’s Heartbreak album skyrocketed to #14 on iTunes’ US Albums Current Top 100 (making it the highest new entry), and the group’s Greatest Hits, Vol 1 climbed up 40 places to #22 on the same chart. On the Top 40 US R&B Song charts, NE claimed 7 of the top 20 spots. The band and its offshoots also scored 15 of the Top 40 US R&B Albums. The band’s place in Hollywood history was codified on January 24 ahead of the premiere, as the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, adjacent to fellow boy bands Boyz II Men, Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block.
Congrats to everyone that was involved and making the biopic such a success!
How can you follow up one of the biggest ‘boy bands’ of all time? New Edition has sold millions of records, packed out venues, toured the world, and endured the pressures of fame, all while singing about teenage love. Ralph, Bobby, Mike, Ricky, Ronnie, and Johnny, have been etched in music history as the purveyors and mold for groups that followed them, and the world finally has a chance to watch the creation, development, rise, fall, and reprise of this iconic group. BET has enlisted a few of the industry’s talented and brightest stars to depict the nostalgic story of one of Boston’s most prized music possessions.
Heed Magazine flew to La La Land, set up shop, invited their friend Ashley Everett (yes, Beyonce’s choreographer and lead dance captain) as she talked with Bryshere Gray, Luke James, Elijah Kelley, Woody McClain, Algee Smith and Keith Powers about their on-screen depiction of New Edition.
Head over to Texture to check out more of the issue.
Tune into BET tonight for Pt.1 of The New Edition Story mini-movie at 9 pm ET.
This week, FOX continued its promo tour of screenings for the upcoming series STAR, co-created by Lee Daniels and TomDonaghy.
On Wednesday, FOX teamed up with ASCAP Urban to present a special screening and holiday showcase at Helen Mills Event Space in New York City. Over 200 press and influencers attended the swanky affair, which was hosted by media personality Gia Peppers and featured performances by recording artists Solo Woods, Topaz Jones and Liana Banks. DJ Max October provided sounds all night as attendees mixed and mingled in the sparkly gold-decorated space. Special guests included Mona Scott-Young, Keith Clinkscales, Len Burnett and media reps from The YBF, ESSENCE, The Root, BET, StuffFlyPeopleLike, NBC News, Complex and more.
Don’t miss the special preview of “STAR” airing Wednesday, December 14on FOX after the fall finale EMPIRE at 8PM ET/PT.
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 celebrated the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop by highlighting both returning legends and breakout stars with unrivaled musical moments and titillating performances. The awards show, which aired tonight on CENTRIC and BET, was hosted once again by the funkadelic Godmother of neo-soul, Erykah Badu, who also served as Executive Producer.
Beyoncé led the night’s winners dominating in top categories including Video of the Year, Album/Mixtape of the Year, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and Song of the Year. Fat Joe and Remy Ma featuring French Montana and Infared took home two awards of their own, Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year) and Best Collaboration, for their smash hit “All the Way Up.” Artists were honored across 12 different categories and additional winners included Kanye West featuring Teyana Taylor for Best Dance Performance for “Fade,” Chance the Rapper (Best New Artist), Anderson .Paak (Centric Certified Award), Andra Day “Rise Up” (The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award), Maxwell (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist), and Kirk Franklin “123 Victory” (Best Gospel/Inspirational Song.)
The evening marked the inaugural Soul Train Awards since BET Networks officially acquired Soul Train earlier this year and it did not disappoint. The night featured crowd-loving classics and current favorites from the best Soul artists of yesterday and today.
Dru Hill kicked off the Soul Train Awards 2016 with the ultimate throwback of their 90s R&B jams including “Tell Me,” “In My Bed,” and “Beauty.”
Dru Hill lead singer Sisqó then took the stage solo to perform his late 90’s mega-hit “Thong Song.”
An endearing and inspired Jill Scott presented Brandy with the second annual Lady of Soul Award, who went on to blow the crowd away with a full dance and stunning vocal performance of her most beloved hits including “Almost Doesn’t Count,” “What About Us,” “Full Moon,” “I Wanna Be Down,” “The Boy Is Mine,” “Talk About Our Love,” “Have You Ever,” and “Sitting On Top Of The World,” joined by MA$E.
Soulful newcomers Anderson .Paak and BJ the Chicago Kid performed “Waters” and “Cha Cha” singer D.R.A.M. joined Badu on stage for their recently released single, “WiFi.”
The awards ended on a high note with Teddy Riley pulling out all the stops for an unforgettable showcase following his receiving of the night’s highest honor, the Legend Award. Riley brought out retro hitmakers and past collaborators including Doug E. Fresh, Bobby Brown, Tito Jackson, Wreckx-N-Effect and Guy for a medley of classics including “My Prerogative,” “Remember the Time,” “Rump Shaker,” and more.
Alongside the amazing performances, the second annual Soul Cypher, featuring Erykah Badu, Tyrese, Ne-Yo, Angie Stone and the incomparable Gladys Knight was another musical moment not to be forgotten.
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 WINNERS
Best New Artist – Chance the Rapper
Best R&B/Soul Male Artist – Maxwell
Centric Certified Award – Anderson .Paak
Video of the Year – Beyoncé – “Formation”
Best Gospel/Inspirational Song – Kirk Franklin – “123 Victory”
Album/Mixtape of the Year – Beyoncé – “Lemonade”
Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year) – Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”
Best R&B/Soul Female Artist – Beyoncé
Song of the Year – Beyoncé
The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award – “Rise Up” – Written by Andra Day and Jennifer Decilveo (Andra Day)
Best Dance Performance – Kanye West (Dance Performance featuring Teyana Taylor) – “Fade”
Best Collaboration – Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”
The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 are produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment. Executive Producers of the network telecast are as follows: Debra Lee, Stephen G. Hill and Connie Orlando from BET; and Jesse Collins for Jesse Collins Entertainment.
Class is in session and there’s no shortage of campus drama in the new BET original, scripted series The Quad premiering at the top of January 2017. Starring Tony Award winners Anika Noni Rose and Ruben Santiago-Hudson, ‘The Quad’ takes viewers inside the unique, culture-filled world of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
Upon her arrival, “Dr. Eva Fletcher” (Rose) finds a bold and diverse freshman class that promises to keep her hands full as the newly elected President of the fictional college Georgia A&M. Eva is charged with not only saving the prestigious HBCU from bankruptcy, but also her twenty-year marriage from crumbling while managing a tumultuous relationship with her rebellious only daughter.
The multi-talented cast also includes: TV icon Jasmine Guy, Peyton Alex Smith, Jazz Raycole and Sean Blakemore as well as exciting emerging talents—Zoe Renee, Michelle DeFraites, Erica Michelle, Jake Allyn, Larry Rhem and E. Roger Mitchell.
‘The Quad’ premieres Tuesday, January 31, 2017 on BET.
HOW TO ROCK: DENIM features some of today’s most popular names in music and entertainment curating their own capsule collections of the hottest in denim fashion. Hosted by Quincy Combs and Karrueche Tran, the fashion segment will feature curations by Dej Loaf, Desiigner and Young Thug. June Ambrose leads the charge as this year’s Fashion Director and Jessica White has been tapped as the Backstage Fashion Correspondent.
Hit rappers Desiigner and Kent Jones are slated to perform bringing high energy to the already electric show. Held at the famed Milk Studios live from New York City, the show promises surprise celebrity appearances and performances to cap off the night.
Be sure to peep the live stream right here on Stuff Fly People Like kicking off today, Wednesday, August 10 beginning at 8 PM ET to see it all go down! You can also catch it later in the week during the WORLD BROADCAST PREMIERE on Friday, August 12 at 9 PM ET on BET.
Team SFPL will be in the building! You might just see us! 🙂
he 2016 BET Awards were definitely lit as they promised it to be. We got a Beyoncé performance for the ages, yes she was actually there this time.An epic acceptance speech from Jesse Williams in which basically read all of white America for filth. Tons of memorable performances, hilarious moments and most importantly an amazing tribute to Prince.
What happened to D’Angelo though?
If we had to give out a BET Award to anyone, it would be to the good folks on social media. It’s always a hilariously good time when we all gather around the television to make fun of the shenanigans that happen live every year. There were many memeable moments such as this moment of Maxwell puzzled look during Taraji’s confusing monologue:
The winner of tonight had to be Desiigner during his always energetic performance of his smash hit “Panda”.
Poor guy was in the zone and just enjoying the moment but it quickly turned into one of the most hilarious moments ever. Hit the gallery below to see the best memes of his performance and other BET Awards related comedy.
Recently, auditioning for Kelly Rowland‘s super girl group on the hit BET show, Chasing Destiny, singer Jennifer Waris stunned other contestants and fans, as she covered Labrinth‘s hit song “Jealous.” Jennifer impressed Kelly so much that formed the group around her. SFPL also got word that Rowland has also signed the budding young talent to her label, as a solo artist.
Jennifer is also one of Kelly Clarkson‘s main background vocalists, whom she stated that she just came off tour with the American Idol alum during the taping of the show.
This year the dynamic BLACK GIRLS ROCK! movement, founded by Beverly Bond, celebrates its 10 year anniversary and its sixth televised broadcast on BET Networks.
In the midst of the momentous occasion, Rihanna is scheduled to receive the Rock Star Award at this year’s ceremony on BET. The chart topping singer, executive producer, fashion designer, actress, astute business entrepreneur and philanthropist will help illuminate the triumphs of brilliant Black women in an extraordinary night celebrating #BlackGirlMagic.
Joining the honoree list are the likes of: producer and writer Shonda Rhimes (Shot Caller Award), R&B legend Gladys Knight (Living Legend Award), The Walking Dead actress and Eclipsed playwright Danai Gurira (Star Power Award), award-winning actress and activist Amandla Stenberg (Young Gifted and Black Award), and Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi (Community Change Agent Award).
The official taping will take place on Friday, April 1, 2016 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ and the broadcast will premiere on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 8:00 P.M. ET/PT hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross.