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[07/18/17 - 09:17 AM]
"Black Girls Rock!(TM)" 2017 Premieres Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 8PM
The annual special celebrates women throughout the diaspora by shining a light on the accomplishments and successes of influential Black women and girls in a night honoring their beauty, brilliance and everlasting resilience.

[via press release from BET]

BLACK GIRLS ROCK!TM 2017 Returns to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey on August 5, 2017

Actress, Writer and Producer Issa Rae, Actress and Activist Yara Shahidi, Legendary Songstress Roberta Flack, Wall Street Powerhouse Suzanne Shank, Black and Missing Foundation Founders Derrica Wilson and Natalie Wilson and More to Be Honored at This Year's "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM)" Awards on BET

"BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM)" 2017 Premieres Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 8PM

NEW YORK -- BET Networks and Beverly Bond, CEO, Founder and Creator of "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM)"are excited to announce this year's BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM) Awards taping on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's Prudential Hall in Newark, NJ. The broadcast will premiere on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 8:00 P.M. ET/PT on BET.

The 2017 BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM) celebrants are "Insecure" creator, actress, writer and producer Issa Rae (Star Power Award), actress and activist Yara Shahidi (Young Gifted and Black Award), GRAMMY Award-winning songstress Roberta Flack (Living Legend Award), Wall Street powerhouse and pioneer Suzanne Shank (Shot Caller Award) and Community organizers Derrica Wilson and Natalie Wilson of The Black & Missing Foundation (Community Change Agent Award). Created by celebrity DJ and women's empowerment advocate Beverly Bond, the 2017 "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM)" Awards honors the groundbreaking achievements of Black women who have fearlessly broken barriers in the areas of art, business, entertainment and community service.

The dynamic, three - time NAACP Award winning "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM)" on BET, celebrates women throughout the diaspora by shining a light on the accomplishments and successes of influential Black women and girls in a night honoring their beauty, brilliance and everlasting resilience.

"The BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM) Awards continues to be instrumental in propelling Black girl pride across the diaspora. Every year we are able to honor a cross section of dynamic women who represent a range of industries, genres and generations. This year's cohort of honorees is another incredible example of Black women's unparalleled contributions to the world. BLACK GIRLS ROCK!TM on BET has become an annual culmination of Black girl preeminence and is a beautiful salute to our glory." says Beverly Bond, BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM) CEO, Founder and Creator.

BET Networks CEO and chairman, Debra Lee added, "Celebrating the incredible accomplishments of these outstanding women and girls is the highlight of my year. Black women are continuing to lead in amazing ways across a multitude of platforms and I am so proud that BET Networks has the opportunity to honor them and show the world why "Black Girls Rock"! Every year this show goes higher to showcase the beauty, talent, intelligence and sisterhood among African American women. This year won't be any different."

The "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM)" 2016 celebrants included: GRAMMY Award winning recording artist Rihanna (Rock Star Award), ShondaLand producer and television writer Shonda Rhimes (Shot Caller Award), The Walking Dead actress and Eclipsed playwright Danai Gurira (Star Power Award), social activist, actress and musician Amandla Stenberg (Young, Gifted and Black) and Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza (Community Change Agent Award). R&B icon Gladys Knight (Living Legend Award) brought the audience to its feet with a medley of her most popular classics including "Love Overboard" and "Midnight Train to Georgia". Additional performers included some of R&B's reigning queens: Andra Day, Brandy, Jazmine Sullivan, Monica, Corinne Bailey Rae, Marsha Ambrosius and Imani Uzuri. Lauryn Hill's special surprise performance of "Lost Ones" closed out the epic evening.

The televised special, "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM)" on BET is a BET Networks, B.G.R. Enterprises Inc./BONDVISION MEDIA and Jesse Collins Entertainment production. The executive producers are Beverly Bond, CEO, Founder and Creator of "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM)," Connie Orlando, BET Interim Head of Programming, and Jesse Collins and Jeannae Rouzan - Clay of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

For updates or more information about BLACK GIRLS ROCK! (TM) visit http://www.BET.com/blackgirlsrock and www.blackgirlsrock.com

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ABOUT BLACK GIRLS ROCK! (TM):

Founded by celebrity DJ, model and executive producer, Beverly Bond, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! (TM) is a multifaceted movement dedicated to shifting the culture of media images depicting Black women and girls. Since 2006, BLACK GIRLS ROCK!(TM) has been committed to empowering women through media and enriching girls through leadership, education, and positive identity development programs. For additional information on BLACK GIRLS ROCK! (TM), visit http://www.blackgirlsrock.com.

ABOUT BET NETWORKS:

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: 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 90 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 business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - 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 Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; 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.

ABOUT JESSE COLLINS ENTERTAINMENT:

Jesse Collins Entertainment is a full service television and film production company founded by entertainment industry veteran and multi-Image Award(R) winner Jesse Collins. Collins has played an integral role in producing many of television's most memorable moments in music entertainment. Most recently Collins was the executive producer of the critically-acclaimed film, The New Edition Story, a biopic on the boy band that aired as a 3-part mini-series on BET in January 2017 and posted record ratings for the network and attracted nearly 30 million viewers. Collins has also produced award-winning programming including the BET Awards, BET Honors, UNCF's An Evening of Stars, ABFF Honors, Soul Train Awards and the BET Hip Hop Awards, is a consulting producer for the iconic GRAMMY Awards and executive producer of BET's hit TV series, Real Husbands of Hollywood starring Kevin Hart and VH1 shows Dear Mama and Hip Hop Squares with Ice Cube. Will Smith, Beyonce, Chris Rock, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Prince and Mariah Carey are a few of the myriad of superstar talent that Collins has worked with through the years. Follow Jesse Collins Entertainment @JesseCollinsEnt on Twitter and Instagram and go to http://www.jessecollinsent.com/ for more information on the company.

ABOUT NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER:

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States. It is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey -- where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. As New Jersey's Town Square, NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the State's and the world's best artists, while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted over seven million visitors (including more than one million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. Visit http://www.njpac.org or call 1-888-GO-NJPAC for more information.





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[08/21/17 - 01:05 PM]
Netflix Renews "Friends from College" for a Second Season
With interwoven and oftentimes complicated relationships with one another, "Friends from College" is a comedic exploration of old friendships, former romantic entanglements and balancing adult life with nostalgia for the past.

[08/21/17 - 12:40 PM]
ESPN Films' 30 for 30 Series Continues with "Year of the Scab" on September 12
On Tuesday, September 12, ESPN Films' award-winning "30 for 30" documentary series will continue with a feature-length film on the group of men who replaced the Washington Redskins team during the 1987 NFL players strike.

[08/21/17 - 11:44 AM]
TV One's "Rickey Smiley for Real" Garners Second Consecutive Week of Growth Among Women 18-49 and 25-54
TV One further spins the numbers for Tuesday, August 15.

[08/21/17 - 10:38 AM]
CBS News to Broadcast President Trump's Primetime Address Tonight
Anthony Mason will anchor the coverage beginning at 9:00/8:00c.

[08/21/17 - 10:12 AM]
Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson Joins FOX Sports
"We couldn't be more excited to add Eric's voice to our programming slate," said Whit Albohm.

[08/21/17 - 09:33 AM]
VH1 Greenlights "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" for a Third Season and Brings Back the Emmy(R)-Nominated "Untucked" Aftershow for the Regular Series
"The world is calling out to see more of these beautiful queens and I am going to give them every bit of it they can handle," said executive producer and host RuPaul.

[08/21/17 - 09:29 AM]
More Southern Home Renos on the Way as HGTV Renews "Flip or Flop Atlanta" for Second Season
HGTV has picked up 14 episodes of the series for a sophomore season.

[08/21/17 - 09:06 AM]
TLC and Investigation Discovery Partner to Present "Chandra Levy: An American Murder Mysyery"
The three-hour special event premieres Monday, September 4 at 8:00/7:00c on TLC.

[08/21/17 - 08:26 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS, "Big Brother" Hold Off Competition
The Eye wins the night among total viewers as well as adults 18-49.

[08/21/17 - 08:12 AM]
Oxygen Media Searches for Answers in a New Six-Part Event Series "The Disappearance of Maura Murray" Beginning Saturday, September 30 at 9PM ET/PT
Oxygen Media dives head first into the unnerving suspicion and conspiracies surrounding one of the most prominent cold cases of the social media age.

[08/21/17 - 08:05 AM]
Video: Teaser for the Netflix Original Series "Marvel's The Punisher"
After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York's criminal underworld.

[08/20/17 - 08:31 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS, NBC Split Demo Crown
NASCAR on the Peacock and a rebroadcast of its Princess Diana special on the Eye lead the evening.

[08/19/17 - 08:37 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Gets Another Bump from "Big Brother" Special
The Eye edges the competition in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[08/18/17 - 11:18 PM]
Development Update: Friday, August 18
Updates include: D.J. Nash sells projects to ABC, CBS; Kevin Falls brings "The Unrequited" to NBC; and Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt set up "God Friended Me" at CBS.

[08/18/17 - 12:05 PM]
Walkers Are Invading AMC for "The Walking Dead" Multi-Weekend Marathon Event Beginning Sunday, August 20 at 9:00 A.M. ET/PT
Plus: look for "The Walking Dead: Season 8 Preview Special" on Sunday, September 10.