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Part 1 of BET’s ‘The New Edition Story’ Gained Millions of Views, Cast Covers VIBE Magazine

BET completely racked up in numbers from Part 1 the highly anticipated 3-part miniseries, The New Edition Story. The most-talked about biopic drew in 2.5MM viewers P18-49, and 4.2MM total viewers P2+ on Black Entertainment Television. Teaming up with their sister network Centric the telecast scored 2.6MM viewers P18-49, and 4.4MM total viewers across both networks. BET also dominated the social-sphere as the channel ranked as the #1 most social network on television.

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On BET alone The NE Story was the highest rated and most watched telecast in five years since 2012 with the Season 5 premiere of The Game (excluding tentpoles). Outranking all other TV programs including cable, syndication, and sports the special was the #1 most social episode on both Facebook and Twitter. Across social platforms, 2.2 million people generated nearly 1 million interactions. On Twitter, BET and the series drove 12 of the top 20 trending topics of the night including #Betamax, #BobbyBrown, #CandyGirl, #MikeBivins, and #LukeJames. Interactions peaked during the live 10:30 pm – 10:44 pm window, as viewers applauded the transition of the band from boys to men.

To add, the multi-talented cast was also featured on VIBE‘s new digital cover which includes Bryshere Y. Gray, Elijah Kelley, Luke James, Keith Powers, Algee Smith, and Woody McClain as the adult members of New Edition. Along with a stellar cast, it also includes a collective of award-winning producers and directors including iconic music powerhouses

Along with a stellar cast, the movie also includes a collective of award-winning producers and directors including iconic music powerhouses James “Jimmy Jam” Harris, Terry Lewis and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Executive Producer Jesse Collins (Real Husbands of Hollywood) for JCE Films, a division of Jesse Collins Entertainment, and award-winning director Chris Robinson. Co-Producers are: co-produced by Brooke Payne, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown.

The most epic television film of 2017 continues tonight, Wednesday, January 25 at 9 pm ET/PT, and concludes Thursday, January 26 at 9 pm ET/PT. 

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One Big Happy Dysfunctional Family: ‘Empire’ Season 3, Episode 7 Recap & Memes

The drama continues on the latest episode of our favor over dramatic series Empire!

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On tonight’s episode, Cookie (Taraji P.Henson) and Angelo Dubois (Taye Diggs) finally decide to give their relationship another shot. Cookie even finally gives Angelo the Cookies to consummate the relationship properly. There’s a catch though, Cookie has to meet Angelo’s mom Diana Dubois played by the iconic Phylicia Rashad at a fundraising dinner for him.

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The meeting is set up but unfortunately she stands up Angelo and his mom after viewing Jamal’s “video museum” using old clips of Cookie from her childhood.The stroll down memory lane causes Cookie to lose it after it brings up old feelings of disappointment and regret. We learn through a series of flashbacks throughout the episode that Cookie’s dad kicked her out at a young age because of her being involved with Lucious. He eventually dies three days later and her sisters blamed her for the unwanted stress on his heart because Cookie who happens to be his favorite let him down.

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To make up for the missed meeting Cookie pitches the idea to take Angelo and his mom out to dinner. Angelo agrees to the idea and insists that Cookie brings her sons along cause shes big on family. That plan also falls flat after all of the restaurants become suddenly booked. Cookie decides to have dinner at her house, she pulls out all the stops to impress Angelo’s mom. She has her sister Candace (Vivica A.Fox) giving her some dinner etiquette lessons and even refurnished her apartment for the dinner.

EMPIRE: Guest star Phylicia Rashad in the "What We May Be" episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Nov. 16 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Chuck Hodes/FOX
EMPIRE: Guest star Phylicia Rashad in the “What We May Be” episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Nov. 16 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Chuck Hodes/FOX

Of course this is Empire and things never go smoothly. Jamal is still battling PTSD is now using drugs given to him by his producer/lover D-Major and shows up extremely high and quite entertaining. Hakeem shows up with baby Bella and is at wit’s end because she won’t stop crying. Andre doesn’t even to bother to show and instead opts to impress his new boo Nessa by attending a memorial gathering for her big brother and bringing Freda Getz. To make matters even worse for Cookie, Lucious decides to crash the dinner with Anika.

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On top of that, Diana is deathly allergic to the meal that was prepared. Totally embarrassed by her dysfunctional family Cookie decides to speak her mind. She points out the fact that her family is indeed messed up but she loves them as is. Her speech is followed by Jamal singing his new touching song “Mama” which pays tribute to Cookie and her struggle. The speech and song clearly impresses Diana who reveals that her family wasn’t any better. She also noticed the fur coats Cookie hid from her as well but nonetheless she was impressed by Cookie’s “fire”.

She did leave Cookie with one warning telling her “You just make sure that fire doesn’t burn my child”.

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With everything square between his mom and Cookie, Angelo tells Cookie he’s coming back to “tuck her in” after he drops his mom home.

EMPIRE: Pictured L-R: Taraji P. Henson and guest star Taye Diggs in the "What We May Be" episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Nov. 16 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Chuck Hodes/FOX
EMPIRE: Pictured L-R: Taraji P. Henson and guest star Taye Diggs in the “What We May Be” episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Nov. 16 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Chuck Hodes/FOX

Lucious leaves with a very disappointed look on his face, back at the Lyon estate he stops and stares at Boo Boo Kitty who is getting ready for bed. Is he possibly getting feelings back for his old flame now? Hmmm we can’t wait to see what tricks is up Lucious sleeve in the next weeks episode.

Oh and of course please treat yourself to the hilarious memes that always follows an episode of Empire in the gallery below:

PHOTO: Chuck Hodes/FOX

 

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Nene Leakes, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, Debbie Allen, Luke James & more Attend Johnny Gill’s 50th Birthday Celebration

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Over the weekend, the stars aligned to celebrate the 50th birthday of legendary singer Johnny Gill. The 50 Shades of Johnny themed birthday celebration was held at a private Bel-Air mansion.

VIP’s in attendance included: Smokey Robinson, NeNe LeakesCynthia BaileyNicole MurphyEric BenetBryshere Y. GrayCedric The EntertainerRon DevoeMichael Bevins, Luke JamesShaun RobinsonJill Marie JonesNichelle TurnerYvette Nicole BrownJon Jon (Troop), Phillip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire), Jeffery OsborneKenny LattimoreRocsi DiazJoeDebbie AllenSheryl Lee RalphA.D. DolphinHarmony SamuelsMAJOR. and more.

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Jazz In The Gardens 2015: Toni Braxton, Erykah Badu, Bryshere Y. Gray, Jussie Smollett, Rickey Smiley, Maxwell, Run DMC, R. Kelly & more [Photos]

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The yearly music event, Jazz In The Gardens took place on this weekend in Miami Gardens, Florida, which marks the music series’ 1oth year. In case you missed it, check out our photo gallery to see who hit the stage!