Archive | June, 2017


28 Jun

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Johnny Gill also announced BET weekend that New Edition would be embarking on a tour later this year (November 2017)  bringing former promoter Al Haymon out of retirement to promote the tour.

New Edition spoke at BET Weekend at Genius Talks.  Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Johnny Gill, and Manager Brooke Payne were present to speak with Host Charlamagne Tha God.

Charlamagne asked Ricky Bell why he decided to speak on his drug addiction in BET’s The New Edition Story.  According to Ricky Bell “Shame and embarrassment caused me to dread telling the story, but I felt that telling the story would help save someone else.”

New Edition spoke on why they decided to film their movie with BET and how it allowed them to tell their story in a more authentic way.  It also allowed Manager Brooke Payne to fully participate in the creative process of the film. Working with the BET also allowed them to sit in a room for two days to tell their story and allowed them to have conversations about things that took place 20-25 years ago, not knowing that they had offended each other.

According to New Edition, the film was “Therapeutic” for the group as a whole and brought the group closer together after going through many ups and downs.

According to Johnny Gill, the group went through so much, including being told that they can’t tour, that they can’t bring an audience out, that they lost fans, etc.   But Actor Eddie Murphy inspired Johnny by saying “keep turning out and you can’t be denied.” It was then when New Edition were sighted by Sean “Puffy” “Diddy” Combs.

Charlamagne Tha God also asked New Edition how social media has helped to connect New Edition to an entirely new generation.  According to Ronnie DeVoe “social media brought more eyeballs to the movie” to an entirely new generation.




28 Jun

The Host, Actor, Talks About Parenthood, Being Labeled “Corny”, and Why He Left NBC’s America’s Got Talent

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Nick Cannon was a guest at BET Weekend at Genius Talks to speak with Host Charlamagne Tha God.

When asked why he decided to leave NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Nick replied “I didn’t feel that I was losing my job….But I felt that I was losing my integrity..”  According to Variety, Nick Cannon left America’s Got Talent” after a falling out with the network over a joke told on a Showtime comedy special—which included a racially charged joke employing “NBC” as an acronym incorporating a racial slur.

Nick Cannon says that he was inspired by his father, who was a community leader, as well as industry influences such as Dave Chappelle who walked away from his show (The Dave Chappelle Show), to be “fearless” as he felt that he was losing his voice.

Charlamagne Tha God also asked how does Nick Cannon feel about being labeled “Corny”  According to Nick Cannon, for him it is more about “authenticity.”  Even though he grew up in the “hood” he didn’t necessarily wanted to tell that story or share any negative connotations “As a man, once you remove that ego, you can become more vulnerable….”  “I’m more concerned about my Legacy.”

Despite everything, Nick Cannon says that he is “a father first” and how he and Mariah Carey co-parent so well.  He also expressed his fears and anxieties about raising a daughter and his children in this ever-changing world of race and social issues and how he discusses skin color issues with his own children.

One of these students was Nick Cannon, who revealed he’s enrolled as a freshman at Howard University in Washington, D.C.  where he’s majoring in “strategic legal and management communications,”  According to Cannon that despite his success and money— “Education is real wealth” and how he reads a least one book a week.


28 Jun

The Christian Artist Performed on the Main Stage of BET Presents: Celebration of Gospel BET Awards Weekend


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Los Angeles, CA – June  25, 2017 Christian music artist Israel Houghton and his new wife Adrienne Bailon—Actress, Singer and Host of the talk show “The Real” were in attendance at the BET Experience.

Israel Houghton performed on the Main Stage on Sunday, June 25th during the BET Awards Weekend, where Los Angeles Church One Church LA and BET joined forces to host BET’s Celebration of Gospel Live at the BET Experience at LA Live in the Los Angeles Convention Center—Bringing praise and worship to the BET Experience

Hosted by One Church LA husband-and-wife pastors Touré Roberts and Sarah Jakes Roberts, other featured performances also included Major, Tasha Cobbs, Jonathan McReynolds, Mali Music.  In addition, One Church LA dance ministry “One Movement” presented a special presentation choreographed by A-list choreographer, Laurieann Gibson, who has worked with Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and others.

About Celebration of Gospel Live, Touré comments, “We’re very thankful to BET for granting One Church LA an unbelievable platform to share our message during BET Weekend. We’re making the most of this incredible opportunity with an unforgettable experience—According to Variety.

Israel Houghton is an American Christian music singer, songwriter, producer and worship leader. Houghton is usually credited as Israel & New Breed.