Multiple Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist and singer-songwriter Chance the Rapper will receive the Humanitarian Award; and legendary R&B group New Edition, consisting of Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins, Ralph Tresvant, Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell and Johnny Gill, will be honored for their career at the 2017 “BET Awards.”
The ceremony, airing live on the network June 25 from L.A.’s Microsoft Theater, will be hosted by comic/actress Leslie Jones, with performances by Bruno Mars, Future, Migos, Trey Songz and Tamar Braxton.
The star power continues as Yara Shahidi, Cardi B, Jamie Foxx, La La Anthony, the cast of Universal Pictures’ “Girls Trip” (Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, with Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah), Trevor Noah, Robin Thede, Cari Champion, Demetrius Shipp Jr. and many others will take the stage as presenters during the 17th anniversary of the annual highly anticipated televised event.
The “BET Awards” will take place along with the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles from June 22-25.
One of the most popular components of the weekend is the Genius Talks series. This year, top powerhouse women in the television and film industries including Tracee Ellis Ross, Ava DuVernay, Issa Rae; political strategist Angela Rye; as well as music and entertainment moguls Pusha T, Nick Cannon and more, will take part in a series of intimate conversations and panels hosted by New York Times bestseller and media personality Charlamagne Tha God on June 24.
General tickets for the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE, presented by Coca-Cola, are on sale now at http://www.axs.com/betexperience.
JAM ON!: The 39th annual Playboy Jazz Festival is in full effect this weekend at the Hollywood Bowl with a magical lineup hosted by comic George Lopez.
Day 1 kicks off June 10 at 3 p.m. with musical director Stefon Harris celebrating the catalog of the late vibeist Bobby Hutcherson with Roy Ayers and Warren Wolf; the blues hybrid TajMo’ featuring the Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band; singer Corinne Bailey Rae; Hudson with Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski and John Scofield; Arturo Sandoval’s Latin Big Band with Andy Garcia; and Marcus Miller with Rahsaan Patterson saluting Al Jarreau.
Day 2 concludes the proceedings with vocalists Gregory Porter and Lalah Hathaway; rapper Common; the Kenny Garrett Quintet with JazzAntiqua Dance Ensemble; Miles Mosley & The West Coast Get Down; Carl Allen & The Art of Elvin; the DIVA Jazz Orchestra; and Snarky Puppy keyboardist Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles
TASTY QUIP: “I’m so competitive, man. I ain’t leaving ‘Power’ to go on ‘Empire.’ Maybe I hang out and platoon on ‘Game of Thrones’ for like five minutes. I mean, I’m a businessman.” – OMARI HARDWICK on “First Take” explaining the difference between him and the NBA’s Kevin Durant, who departed Oklahoma City to join the Warriors.
CLIPPETTES: MADE Los Angeles combining live performances, designer collabs, pop-up shops and more opens June 9 at L.A. Live with RZA of Wu Tang Clan and a fall fashion show experience. The fun continues June 10 with JoyRich + Snoop Dogg, and Wiz Khalifa & Taylor Gang rocking the runway. Visit www.ma.de for more …
Raheem DeVaughn and Wes Felton aka The CrossRhodes perform on June 10 at The Mint; while DJ Premier and The Badder Band are holding it down at the El Rey Theatre …
Damian Marley, son of reggae music icon Bob Marley, is the leader of a group that has just acquired a controlling interest in High Times magazine …
“Being Black Enough or (How to Kill a Black Man)” will premiere at the 20th Dances With Films Festival on June 10 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters. Based on writer-director-star Devin Rice‘s youth in L.A., the semi-autobiographical drama touches on how race is seen through the eyes of different people and groups and the consequences of these perspectives …
At this writing, both BET and OWN have passed on picking up “Underground,” the hit slave drama canceled by WGN America, due to cost. It’s now up to TV One, Hulu, Netflix and the streamers to revive the series …
Rihanna was one of the surprise guests attending the MadeWorn X Roc96 Collection Pop Up Launch Party at Revolve Social Club. MadeWorn founder Blaine Halvorson, Roc-A-Fella co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke and 1OAK’s Richie Akiva hosted the reveal of the exclusive collection which pays homage to Jay Z‘s long-standing music career and debut album, “Reasonable Doubt.”
TASTY QUIP: “Y’all make me laugh with your fake outrage and your fake social justice. I ain’t never not never said that Bill Maher was not a racist. I said #badchoiceofwordsbutnotaracist or #badjokebutnotaracist. Trust and believe Bill Maher said plenty of stuff for people to consider racist or Islamophobic or homophobic or sexist. It’s all in the name of ‘New Rules’ and a joke but we let it slide. We let it go for 20-plus years. And now cause he said the N word. Now we’re going to pin the tail on the racist donkey? I call BS!” – ORLANDO JONES
TC ON TV: June 9 – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix): The complete fifth season debuts. “Soundtracks” (CNN): Hurricane Katrina “Earthworks” (Viceland): Singer Miguel visits the avocado and butterfly farms in Mexico. “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO): Surely Ice Cube, professor and author Michael Eric Dyson and Ex-Bernie Sanders national press secretary Symone Sanders will address the host’s slur last week. Right?
June 10 – “Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse” (OWN): The big secret is revealed in this sixth season premiere. “Oprah’s Master Class” (OWN): Kevin Hart
June 11 – “The 71st annual Tony Awards” (CBS): Tasty Clips attended Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winning play “Sweat” a few weeks ago at NYC’s famed Studio 54 and can say it is certainly deserving of its nomination. We’ll see if it can win against a formidable group of productions in this year’s ceremony, which will honor James Earl Jones. “Steve Harvey’s Funderdome” (ABC): Mark Burnett is the producer of this seed-funding competition between aspiring inventors. “The $100,000 Pyramid” (ABC): Leslie Jones vs. LL Cool J
June 13 – “Rickey Smiley For Real” (TV1): Returns for a fourth season with a cast that includes Da Brat and Ed Lover.
TASTY QUIP: “Gun, knife, whatever. There’s nothing more powerful than a made-up mind. Period.” – ICE CUBE on “Undisputed.”
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