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[12/14/10 - 07:13 AM]
BET Networks Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary with "BET 30: Moments and Movements" - A Look at 30 Significant Events of the Past 3 Decades
The two-hour special, airing Sunday, December 19, will feature commentary by Michael Jordan, Vanessa Williams, Magic Johnson, Jay Z, Tyra Banks, Pharrell and Wyclef Jean.

[via press release from BET]

BET Networks Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary with 'BET 30: MOMENTS AND MOVEMENTS' - A Look at 30 Significant Events of the Past 3 Decades

NETWORK PREMIERE, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2010 @ 8 PM*

This Two-Hour Special Features Commentary from Artists and CelebritiesIncluding Michael Jordan, Vanessa Williams, Magic Johnson, Bob Johnson, Jay Z, Tyra Banks, Donnie Simpson, Pharrell, El Debarge, and Wyclef Jean Among Many Others

NEW YORK, Dec. 14, 2010 -- On Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 8:00 PM*, BET will revisit 30 memorable moments and movements in the three decades since its birth with the network, prime-time premiere of BET 30: MOMENTS AND MOVEMENTS. From entertainment empires, to world-shifting disasters, to incidents that have changed our world, this special takes a distinctive look at the events that have shaped Black culture and consciousness over the past 30 years from a personal and intimate narrative. This two-hour special shines a light on the seminal moments in American culture that were shaped and created by rare and remarkable African-American personalities.

BET 30: MOMENTS AND MOVEMENTS includes a look at "police brutality" through the eyes of Rodney King; "the September 11 attacks" from the personal insight of Melodie Homer, widow of one of the pilots of Flight 93; and explores hip-hop's commercial rise from the perspective of rap icon Jay-Z. From the effect the Cosby family had in American households to Obama's meteoric rise to Spike Lee and the emergence of black filmmakers to the crack and HIV/AIDS epidemics devastating urban communities, BET 30: MOMENTS AND MOVEMENTS covers these moments and their influence on African-American and world culture from a distinctive viewpoint.

BET 30: MOMENTS AND MOVEMENTS explores the significance of these events with pioneers, celebrities and everyday people who helped impact and who were impacted by these thirty unique focal points. Featuring poignant, emotional interviews with luminaries like Jay-Z, Tyra Banks, John Singleton, Vanessa Williams, Lisa Leslie, Ed Gordon, Rodney King and many more, this retrospective examines these occasions through their surprisingly personal and candid narratives.

BET 30: MOMENTS AND MOVEMENTS was executive produced by Donna Michelle Anderson and produced by Nancy Oey for BET Networks and premieres Sunday, December 19th at 8pm ET/7pm CT.

*All times ET/PT

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 98 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of businesses extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET Digital Networks - BET J, BET Gospel and BET Hip-Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

For additional information, log on to www.bet.com/bet30





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