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|Fri, October 01, 2010 at 3:07 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Part news show, part one-on-one interviews and roundtable discussions, WEEKLY WITH ED GORDON will go beyond the front page of news headlines and dig deep into the issues and stories that matter most to African Americans. In the premiere episode, which airs Sunday, October 3 at 12:00 p.m.*, Ed Gordon sits with New York Congressman Charles Rangel in an exclusive one-on-one interview and later engages in a roundtable discussion with television personality and radio host Montel Williams, CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield and Reverend Calvin Butts on topics from Bishop Eddie Long to ethics and politics.
WEEKLY WITH ED GORDON will provide a platform for BET to engage the most prolific thinkers, news makers and lawmakers on a weekly basis and also serve as a forum to focus on local and national solutions to issues affecting African American communities.
For more information, please check out http://www.bet.com/weekly
|Thurs, September 30, 2010 at 10:28 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (PRNewswire) -- This Fall marks the 10-year anniversary of BET Network's wildly-successful music countdown show, 106 & PARK. Since 2000, 106 & PARK has provided audiences and fans across the country with celebrity interviews, the hottest music videos, the biggest names in film and television and performances by the best entertainers in the business. Hosted by Terrence and Rocsi, 106 & PARK has become THE destination for today's brightest stars including Jay Z, Diddy, Rihanna, Denzel Washington, Madonna, Beyonce, Chris Brown, Queen Latifah, Will Ferrell, Lady Gaga, Halle Berry, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Lebron James, Whitney Houston, 50 Cent, Sienna Miller, Will Smith, Drake, Katie Holmes, Trey Songz, Kirk Franklin, Snoop Dogg, Jennifer Lopez and many, many others.
"Who would have thought that this little show that began September 11, 2000, with nervous producers and even more nervous first time hosts would turn into this highly successful, influential, game-changing daily energetic program about, from and to youth culture?" said Stephen G. Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials. "We are proud to reflect and represent every day for our incredible audience that still, after over 2500 episodes, still fuels the show….for this show was built and still rests on the BET audience."
A powerful presence in the music industry, 106 & PARK is the #1 Music Variety Show on cable for 13 consecutive quarters among Adults 18-49, according to Nielsen and has been integral in launching the careers of numerous hip-hop and R&B artists. Music executive Kevin Liles once told EW, ''There are five things you need to do to be successful -- Sign a superstar with a great image, have a great first single, get great word of mouth, get them on the radio and get them on '106 & Park.' Those things start projects.''
106 & PARK is the only music countdown show still standing and in addition to creating trends, the show also tackles significant issues affecting teens, i.e. "teen violence," "abusive relationships," "bullying," "education," "health and fitness" and many others.
To celebrate its 10 years on the air, 106 & PARK will premiere the following specials beginning Tuesday, October 5.
* 106 & PARK: 10 YEARS & COUNTING / Tuesday, October 5 @ 10 - 11 p.m.*
For the FIRST TIME ever on the 106 & PARK stage, both past and present hosts throughout the years: AJ & Free; Tigger & Julissa and of course, Terrence and Rocsi WILL JOIN TOGETHER for sizzling reunion. They will take us through the past 10 years of the show by sharing their insight and experiences as well as discussing the many ways the show impacted the music industry and the lives of countless recording artists and celebrities.
* 106 & PARK: THE CELEBRATION, 10 YEARS LIVE!!! / Wednesday, October 6 @ 6 - 8 p.m.*
106 & PARK: 10 YEARS AND COUNTING will be a LIVE 2-hour celebration full of energy, big names and even bigger performances to help celebrate 106 & PARK's milestone, 10 successful years in the industry.
FUN FACTS @ 106 & PARK
• Once a video has been on the countdown 60 times, IT'S retired into the '106 & Park Hall of Fame.' This earned Bow Wow the permanent title of Mr. 106 & Park and Aaliyah the permanent title of Miss 106 & Park for having the most #1's of their respective genders.
• BET HOSTS: AJ Calloway and Free (2000 - 2005); Julissa Bermudez and Big Tigger (2005 - 2006); and Rocsi and Terrence (2006 - present).
• OFFICIAL 106 & PARK DJ's: DJ Enuff (2003 - 2004) and DJ Prostyle (2005 - present)
• Upon its premiere in 2000, 106 & PARK ran for one hour. In 2001, it was extended to 90 minutes and in 2008, 106 was extended to 120 minutes.
• 106 & PARK celebrated its 2000 episode in August 2008.
• The title of 106 & PARK derived from the original studio location at East 106th Street and Park in Manhattan.
*All times ET/PT
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|Tue, September 28, 2010 at 6:31 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Kanye West has signed another high profile artist to his G.O.O.D. Music label. The Chicago producer/rapper has inked a deal with Mos Def.
Mos confirmed the news in the October issue of XXL with Kanye on the cover, just weeks after a high profile collaboration between the pair on the song "Lord, Lord, Lord."
The track, which also features Swizz Beatz, Raekwon and Charlie Wilson, was featured as part of Kanye's G.O.O.D Friday's a series of songs released every Friday for fans.
Mos Def's last album, The Ecstatic, was released on indie label Downtown Records in 2009 and featured production from J Dilla, Mr. Flash, Madlib, Oh No, Preservation and The Neptune and Mos Def himself.
The album debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 39,000 copies in its first week.
The Ecstatic also earned Mos a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album of 2009.
Mos Def has collaborated with West in the past, contributing verses on College Dropout, on the song "Two Words," and on "Drunk and Hot Girls" on the Graduation album.
Pusha T is another artist Kanye has signed to his G.O.O.D. Music label, which also features acts like Big Sean, Kid Cudi, Consequence and others.