Group To Protest BET CEO


*Determined to stop the entertainment industry from portraying negative images of black men and women, the “Enough is Enough!” Campaign will hold its first rally and demonstration at the Washington D.C. residence of Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO, Black Entertainment Television Networks on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m.

Rev. Delman L. Coates, Ph.D. has organized this effort, aimed at combating the commercialization and marketing of negative and derogatory images of black men and women in the entertainment industry.

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BET News Presents Hip Hop VS. America, A Powerful 3-Part Special Addressing The Current State State Of Hip-Hop


NEW YORK – (September 10, 2007) – Hip-hop culture and controversy have always made for familiar bedfellows. Yet, in the wake of the Imus controversy and in a year when the genre’s sales have tumbled, hip-hop finds itself under an exceptional amount of scrutiny and pressure – and the stakes have never been higher. BET NEWS takes a powerful and compelling look at the state of hip-hop today in a three-part series titled HIP HOP vs. AMERICA . Hosted by BET’s own Touré and Jeff Johnson, this special showcases a candid, heated forum that will allow audiences to hear the opinions of prominent leaders in the hip-hop industry, the political realm, academia and the Black church. Part I of HIP HOP vs. AMERICA premieres Tuesday, September 25 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on BET, with the second hour airing on Wednesday, September 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. The third episode with additional exclusive footage will be available on BET ON BLAST, the network’s broadband channel (www.bet.com/ontv), immediately following Part II’s airing.

This three-part special features a passionate, lively and opinionated debate that tackles many sensitive issues, including: hip-hop’s relationship with criminality and the streets, snitching, police profiling and brutality; the images of Black women in hip-hop; and the embarrassment, pride and confusion Blacks feel over hip-hop’s public airing of the community’s “dirty laundry.”

“The battle over hip-hop lyrics, images and values is the flashpoint of conflict and debate between almost every division within our community – between men and women, younger and older generations, between economic classes and educational backgrounds,” said Reginald Hudlin, President of Entertainment, BET. “Our special relationships with the most important Black thinkers, icons and leaders allow BET to deliver the most complete exploration of this topic on television. This is the first of many Town Halls that BET will convene to address the most pressing issues facing our community.”

“Generational gaps within the African American community have never been more prevalent when it comes to the hip-hop community,” said Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, executive producer, BET News. “The issues may ring familiar – sexism, violent lyrics, degrading words and images – but this time the debate is different given hip-hop’s complicated relationship with corporate America . This is why it was so important for BET to provide a forum for each voice to shed light on every angle of this issue.”

Hip-hop recording artists Nelly, T.I., Mike Jones, MC Lyte, Master P and the legendary Chuck D; top journalists Keith Boykin, Diane Weathers, Jeff Chang, Farai Chideya, Kim Osorio and New York Daily News columnist Stanley Crouch; filmmaker and cultural critic Nelson George; Judge Mablean Ephraim; former video vixens Melyssa Ford and Karrine Steffans; music executive Valeisha Butterfield; music video director Benny Boom; ministers Conrad Tillard, Pastor A. R. Bernard; professor Dr. Michael Eric Dyson; and Reverend Al Sharpton lead the lists of outspoken panelists who take the stage and share their point of view on hip-hop. Other influential voices heard on the show include hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons, professor Cornel West and writer and activist Kevin Powell.

Selwyn Seyfu Hinds is executive producer of HIP HOP VS. AMERICA , and Nelson George serves as a consulting producer.

Ike Turner and Ex-Wife Plan Reality TV Show


Tina Turner’s ex-husband Ike is planning a new reality TV show with the ex-wife he accused of trying to poison him.

Ike Turner, 75, divorced 49-year-old Audrey Madison earlier this summer after claiming she tried to kill him with an overdose of prescription pills — but now the quirky couple is back together.

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50 Cent & Kanye West Clash Of The Titans On BET’s 106 & Park

NEW YORK, NY (September 7, 2007) – On Tuesday, September 11, 2007, BET’s 106 & PARK will host the lyrical Superbowl of the century! Hip-hop heavyweights, 50 Cent and Kanye West will join hosts Terrence and Rocsi on the release date of their latest albums, for the ultimate clash of the titans. Going after sound scan’s coveted #1 spot, both rappers will go mic to mic on the106 stage with performances from each of their albums. Adding to the excitement, ESPN sports networks’, Stuart Scott will be on board to deliver a statistical breakdown of the two rappers during the show. Anticipating their LIVE studio appearance, Kanye said, ‘How could I not come to106 & PARK on the day my album comes out?’ “I’m definitely coming.” While, 50 commented, “Just make sure that Kanye West shows up.”

This heated debate has caused one of the most exciting media frenzies in years. Will Kanye West graduate with top honors? Will 50 go straight to the bank? Tune into106 & PARK for one of the most talked about musical showdowns of the year to find out!