LEON BRIDGES, AND LUCKY DAYE TO PERFORM AT THE 2021 “SOUL TRAIN AWARDS”





MAXWELL, ASHANTI, BRUNO MARS, ANDERSON .PAAK, SILK SONIC, ARI LENNOX, LEON BRIDGES, AND LUCKY DAYE TO PERFORM AT THE 2021 “SOUL TRAIN AWARDS,” PRESENTED BY BET
11/10/21

HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED SOUL CYPHER TO FEATURE D-NICE, MUSIQ SOULCHILD, JAC ROSS, KORYN HAWTHORNE, ELLE VARNER, AND TONE STITH

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H.E.R., TRISTAN MACK WILDS, AND BOTH CASTS OF GAMES PEOPLE PLAY AND SACRIFICE CONFIRMED AS PRESENTERS

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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF THE ICONIC “SOUL TRAIN” LEGACY AND AIRING FOR THE FIRST TIME FROM THE WORLD FAMOUS APOLLO,

2021 “SOUL TRAIN AWARDS” PREMIERES

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28 AT 8 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

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#SOULTRAINAWARDS

NEW YORK, NY – (November 10, 2021) – Today, BET announced the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” will feature an exciting lineup of unforgettable performances, special moments and appearances by some of the biggest stars in R&B, Gospel, Adult Urban Contemporary and Soul. This year, performers will include the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” ‘Legend Award’ honoree Maxwell, ‘Lady of Soul’ honoree Ashanti, R&B super duo Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, R&B/Soul songstress Ari Lennox, soul singer/songwriter and producer Leon Bridges, R&B singer Lucky Daye, and more. The 2021 “Soul Train Awards” presented by BET premieres Sunday, November 28 at 8 PM ET/PT on BET and BET Her. Internationally, the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” will simulcast on BET Africa at 2am CAT on November 29th and air on BET France on December 1st, at 10:30pm CET. The show will also be available to watch on My5 and Sky On-Demand in the UK beginning December 3rd.

“Soul music is a movement, and we are incredibly proud to give it a platform and produce a performance line-up that will exemplify the best of the genre and reach generations of music lovers across the globe,” said Connie Orlando, EVP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy. “We could not be more thrilled for these exceptional artists to hit the stage at the historic World Famous Apollo, in celebration of fifty years of Soul Train. This will definitely be an iconic night to remember.”

The “Soul Train Awards” annual Soul Cypher is a tradition started by former show host Erykah Badu that features a group of artists freestyling. The cypher will bring together some of today’s top vocalists for what promises to be an electrifying performance. Participants in the cypher this year include
D-Nice, Musiq Soulchild, Jac Ross, Koryn Hawthorne, Elle Varner, and Tone Stith. As a nod to the 20th Anniversary of her self-titled album Aaliyah, the late R&B great’s hit single “Rock the Boat” provides both theme and instrumental for the cypher.

Additionally, BET announced the first group of presenters who will take the stage: H.E.R.,
Tristan Mack Wilds, and the BET casts of Games People Play and Sacrifice, a BET+ Original series.

As previously announced, H.E.R. leads the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” nominations with an impressive eight nods for ‘Best R&B/Soul Female Artist,’ ‘Song of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award (x2),’ ‘Best Collaboration (x2),’ and ‘Video of the Year’. Jazmine Sullivan and Chris Brown garnered the second most nods with six nominations each. Jazmine Sullivan’s nods include ‘Best R&B/Soul Female Artist,’ ‘Song of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award,’ ‘Best Collaboration,’ and ‘Video of the Year’. Chris Brown’s nods include ‘Best R&B/Soul Male Artist,’ ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award,’ ‘Best Dance Performance,’ ‘Best Collaboration (x2),’ and ‘Video of the Year’. Wizkid and TEMS are the third highest with five nods each, followed by Blxst with four nods. Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, Doja Cat, and Yung Bleu each have three nods.

Three-time GRAMMY® award-winning singer-songwriter and producer Maxwell will receive the ‘Legend’ award at the 2021 “Soul Train Awards.” Award-winning and multi-platinum singer/songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, and author Ashanti will be the recipient of the ‘Lady of Soul’ honor.

Dynamic best-friend duo Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold will return as co-hosts of the
2021 “Soul Train Awards,” bringing their irreplaceable energy and hilarious comedic talents to this year’s show.

Connie Orlando, EVP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy will oversee the annual show, with Jamal Noisette VP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy to Co-Executive Produce for BET. Jesse Collins Entertainment’s Jesse Collins and Jeannae Rouzan–Clay will serve as Executive Producers of the 2021 “Soul Train Awards.”

For show information, please visit BET.com/SoulTrain, the official site for the 2021 “Soul Train Awards.”

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ABOUT BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), 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 is in 125 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET+, the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience; BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

ABOUT JESSE COLLINS ENTERTAINMENT

Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full-service television and film production company and has played an integral role in producing many of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. The Emmy® nominated company has a multi-year overall agreement with ViacomCBS Cable Networks. On the theatrical film side, the company also has a first look on JCE’s film development projects which could include Viacom’s film entities such as Paramount Players. The award-winning and critically acclaimed television that JCE has produced includes miniseries—”The New Edition Story” and “The Bobby Brown Story;” scripted series—”American Soul” and “Real Husbands of Hollywood;” unscripted series – “Cardi Tries;” children’s series—”Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices;” award shows—”BET Awards,” “Black Girls Rock!,” “BET Honors,” “UNCF’s An Evening of Stars,” “BET Hip Hop Awards,” “ABFF Honors” and “Soul Train Awards;” specials—”John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero,” “Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration,” “Change Together: From The March On Washington To Today,” “Stand Up for Heroes,” “Dear Mama,” “Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin’,” “Def Comedy Jam 25” and “Leslie Jones: Time Machine;” as well as competition/game shows—”Sunday Best,” “Hip Hop Squares,” “Nashville Squares” and “Rhythm & Flow.” Jesse Collins, founder and CEO of the company, is the executive producer of all programming. He is also a co-executive producer for the iconic Grammy Awards. Most recently, he was executive producer of The 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show and produced The 2021 Academy Awards. He will next executive produce the 2021 American Music Awards. Go to jessecollinsent.com for more information on the company.

ABOUT THE APOLLO

The non-profit Apollo is a performing arts presenter, commissioner, and collaborator that also produces festivals and large-scale dance and musical works organized around a set of core initiatives that celebrate and extend the Apollo’s legacy through a contemporary lens, including the world premiere of the theatrical adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and the New York premiere of the opera We Shall Not Be Moved; special programs such as the blockbuster concert Bruno Mars Live at the Apollo; 100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella; the annual Africa Now! Festival; bi-annualWomen of the World (WOW) Festival; as well as other multidisciplinary collaborations with partner organizations. Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo has served as a testing ground for new artists working across a variety of art forms and has ushered in the emergence of many new musical genres—including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop. Among the countless legendary performers who launched their careers at the Apollo are Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, H.E.R., D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Machine Gun Kelly, and Miri Ben Ari; and the Apollo’s forward-looking artistic vision continues to build on this legacy. For more information about the Apollo, visit www.ApolloTheater.org.

ABOUT SOUL TRAIN

“Soul Train” was created in 1971 by visionary Don Cornelius and predominantly featured performances by R&B, pop, soul, and hip-hop artists, in addition to the occasional funk, jazz, disco, and gospel artists. When the final episode of the show’s historic thirty-five-year run aired in 2006, it was the longest running first-run, nationally syndicated program in television history. “Soul Train” highlighted a cast of incredible, ethnically diverse dancers who famously introduced the world to a whole new series of dance moves and styles on a weekly basis. Cornelius opened every show welcoming the audience to “the hippest trip in America” and closed each show wishing the audience “love, peace and soul.” Today, the legacy of “Soul Train” lives on through the legendary Soul Train dance line, which has become a timeless staple on dance floors across America. In 2016, BET, acquired the “Soul Train” brand and remains dedicated to revitalizing the brand while also honoring its heritage.

ABOUT SOUL TRAIN HOLDINGS

SOUL TRAIN HOLDINGS, LLC was formed in May 2008 and is owned by InterMedia Partners and a partnership between Magic Johnson Enterprises and Ron Burkle’s investment firm, The Yucaipa Companies. The iconic franchise and catalog consists of more than 1,100 episodes and 40 specials from Don Cornelius Productions, Inc. Soul Train is the longest running, first-run, nationally syndicated music program in television history. During its 35-year run, the show featured lasting innovations such as the Soul Train line and the legendary sign off “Love, Peace and Soul.” At the heart of the show was Don Cornelius, the dancers and influential artists such as James Brown, Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Hall & Oates, Donna Summer, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Prince, Run D.M.C. and Destiny’s Child.



Video: BET+ Original – Season 2 of “Ruthless” Returns





Video: BET+ Original – Season 2 of “Ruthless” Returns
Season 2 of “Ruthless” returns November 25, only on BET+.
[via press release from BET]
BET+ Original | Season 2 of Ruthless Returns

The powerful, the loyal, and even the Highest can fall. Season 2 of Ruthless returns November 25, only on BET+



Video: BET+ Originals: “Soul Santa”





Video: BET+ Originals: “Soul Santa”
When an unlucky businessman gambles away everything, he is forced to go on the run and hide out as a shopping mall Santa Claus.
[via press release from BET]
BET+ Originals: Soul Santa

When an unlucky businessman gambles away everything, he is forced to go on the run and hide out as a shopping mall Santa Claus. While adding his own spin to being Santa, he begins to turn his life around, realizing that his family is the real heart and soul of Christmas.

Soul Santa premieres November 11, only on BET+.



Maxwell and Ashanti Honored at the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” Presented by BET





Maxwell and Ashanti Honored at the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” Presented by BET – H.E.R. Leads with 8 Nominations
The 2021 “Soul Train Awards” premieres Sunday, November 28 at 8 PM ET/PT on BET and BET Her.
[via press release from BET]
NEO SOUL PIONEER, MULTIPLATINUM SINGER-SONGWRITER AND PRODUCER MAXWELL TO RECEIVE THE ‘LEGEND’ AWARD AT THE 2021 “SOUL TRAIN AWARDS” PRESENTED BY BET

TRAILBLAZING MULTIPLATINUM SINGER-SONGWRITER ASHANTI TO RECEIVE ‘LADY OF SOUL’ HONOR

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OFFICIAL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR 2021 “SOUL TRAIN AWARDS”

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H.E.R. LEADS WITH 8 NOMINATIONS FOLLOWED BY JAZMINE SULLIVAN & CHRIS BROWN WITH 6

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OTHER TOP NOMINEES INCLUDE WIZ KID AND TEMS WITH FIVE NODS, FOLLOWED BY BLXST WITH FOUR NODS, AND BRUNO MARS, ANDERSON .PAAK, SILK SONIC, DOJA CAT, AND YUNG BLEU WITH THREE NODS

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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF THE ICONIC “SOUL TRAIN” LEGACY AND AIRING FOR THE FIRST TIME FROM THE WORLD FAMOUS APOLLO, 2021 “SOUL TRAIN AWARDS” PREMIERES SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28 AT 8 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

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#SOULTRAINAWARDS

NEW YORK, NY – November 2, 2021 – Today, BET announced three-time GRAMMY(R) award-winning singer-songwriter and producer Maxwell will receive the ‘Legend’ award at the 2021 “Soul Train Awards”. Award-winning and multiplatinum singer/songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, and author Ashanti will be the recipient of the ‘Lady of Soul’ honor. The 2021 “Soul Train Awards” premieres Sunday, November 28 at 8 PM ET/PT on BET and BET Her.

“It’s an honor to be presented with the Legend award by a community that’s been growing with me throughout my career,” said Maxwell. “I’m so grateful to be sharing this moment with everyone and returning to the Apollo for an evening of excellence.”

“I’m honored to be recognized as this year’s ‘Lady of Soul’ honoree,” said Ashanti. “This is a full circle moment for me because I received the ‘Aretha Franklin Entertainer of the Year’ Award at the Lady of Soul Awards in 2002. As we commemorate 50 years of Soul Train, I’m proud to be a part of this legacy and to return to the Apollo to celebrate.”

Additionally, BET has released the official nominations for the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” recognizing the best in Soul and R&B, which will also celebrate Soul Train’s 50th anniversary.

H.E.R. leads the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” nominations with an impressive eight nods for ‘Best R&B/Soul Female Artist,’ ‘Song of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award (x2),’ ‘Best Collaboration (x2),’ and ‘Video of the Year’. Jazmine Sullivan and Chris Brown garnered the second most nods with six nominations each. Jazmine Sullivan’s nods include ‘Best R&B/Soul Female Artist,’ ‘Song of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award,’ ‘Best Collaboration,’ and ‘Video of the Year’. Chris Brown’s nods include ‘Best R&B/Soul Male Artist,’ ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award,’ ‘Best Dance Performance,’ ‘Best Collaboration (x2),’ and ‘Video of the Year’.

Wiz Kid and TEMS are the third highest with five nods each, followed by Blxst with four nods. Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, Doja Cat, and Yung Bleu each have three nods.

Dynamic best-friend duo Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold will return as co-hosts of the 2021 “Soul Train Awards,” bringing their irreplaceable energy and hilarious comedic talents to this year’s show.

About Maxwell

Maxwell has artfully managed to transfix music lovers for more than two decades, releasing five studio albums, all in his own time and all duly anointed as classics. The soul singer redefined soul music in April of 1996 when he released his critically acclaimed debut on Columbia Music, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite. It earned GRAMMY(R) nominations, double-platinum status and RIAA gold for the single “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder).” Platinum albums Embrya (1998) and Maxwell Now (2001) followed. After an eight-year break between album releases, BLACKsummers’night (2009) debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and won two GRAMMY(R) awards, including Best R&B Album. To date, Maxwell has achieved 4 platinum album certifications from the RIAA. His last album blackSUMMERS’night, the second installment of his musical trilogy, earned Maxwell his third-GRAMMY(R) (Best R&B Song for “Lake By The Ocean”) an NAACP Image Award (Outstanding Male Artist), and a Soul Train Award (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist).

About Ashanti

Award-winning singer/songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, and author Ashanti has been tapped to receive the seventh annual Soul Train ‘Lady of Soul’ Award. Among her numerous accolades, Ashanti has received several Soul Train Awards throughout her illustrious career, including R&B/Soul Album – Female, Independent R&B/Soul Performance, two awards for R&B/ Soul Single – Female and the Lady of Soul Awards’ Aretha Franklin Entertainer of the Year Award. Ashanti’s expansive multiplatinum discography has brought her to the top of the charts, meriting eight Billboard awards and a GRAMMY(R) for Best Contemporary R&B Album (Ashanti). She was the first female to make Billboard history by having her first three chart entries land in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time, a feat previously accomplished only by The Beatles. With a career that spans decades, Ashanti has established herself as a staple in music and will also receive a Star on the infamous Hollywood Walk of Fame in April 2022.

BET Soul joins the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” celebration by dedicating a full hour to each honoree’s collection of music videos. Watch many of their iconic music videos, including Ashanti’s “Foolish,” “Rock Wit U (Awww Baby),” “Baby” and Maxwell’s “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder),” “Pretty Wings,” “Lifetime” starting tomorrow at 10 AM ET. Check local listings.

The 2021 “Soul Train Awards” presented by BET, will feature an exciting lineup of unforgettable performances including special moments and appearances by some of the brightest stars in Black culture and entertainment. The annual event is committed to showcasing the impact of Soul Train on music and dance from the ’70s to today.

Connie Orlando, EVP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy will oversee the annual show, with Jamal Noisette VP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy to Co-Executive Produce for BET. Jesse Collins Entertainment’s Jesse Collins and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay will serve as Executive Producers of the 2021 “Soul Train Awards.”

The complete list of nominees for the 2021 “Soul Train Awards”:

BEST NEW ARTIST
BLXST
CAPELLA GREY
MORRAY
TEMS
TONE STITH
YUNG BLEU

CERTIFIED SOUL AWARD
ANTHONY HAMILTON
ASHANTI
CHARLIE WILSON
THE ISLEY BROTHERS
JAM & LEWIS
T-PAIN

BEST R&B/SOUL FEMALE ARTIST
ALICIA KEYS
DOJA CAT
H.E.R.
JAZMINE SULLIVAN
JHENÉ AIKO
SZA

BEST R&B/SOUL MALE ARTIST
BLXST
CHRIS BROWN
GIVEON
LUCKY DAYE
TANK
USHER

BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD
BRIAN COURTNEY WILSON
JAMES FORTUNE
KELLY PRICE
KIRK FRANKLIN
MAVERICK CITY MUSIC
TASHA COBBS LEONARD

SONG OF THE YEAR
BLXST FEAT. TY DOLLA $IGN & TYGA – CHOSEN
BRUNO MARS, ANDERSON .PAAK, SILK SONIC – LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN
H.E.R. – DAMAGE
JAZMINE SULLIVAN – PICK UP YOUR FEELINGS
WIZ KID FEAT. TEMS – ESSENCE
YUNG BLEU FEAT. DRAKE – YOU’RE MINES STILL

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
BLXST – NO LOVE LOST
DOJA CAT – PLANET HER
GIVEON – WHEN IT’S ALL SAID AND DONE… TAKE TIME
H.E.R. – BACK OF MY MIND
JAZMINE SULLIVAN – HEAUX TALES
WIZKID – MADE IN LAGOS

THE ASHFORD AND SIMPSON SONGWRITER’S AWARD
CAN’T LET IT SHOW – WRITTEN BY: KATE BUSH, DURRELL BABBS (TANK)

COME THROUGH – WRITTEN BY: CARL MCCORMICK, CHRIS BROWN, H.E.R., KELVIN WOOTEN, MICHAEL L. WILLIAMS II, TIARA THOMAS (H.E.R. FEAT. CHRIS BROWN)

DAMAGE – WRITTEN BY: ANTHONY CLEMONS JR., CARL MCCORMICK, H.E.R., JAMES HARRIS, JEFF GITELMAN, TERRY LEWIS, TIARA THOMAS (H.E.R.)

ESSENCE – WRITTEN BY: AYODEJI IBRAHIM BALOGUN, ONIKO EDDIE UZEZI, ONIKO EVAWERO, RICHARD ISONG, TEMILADE OPENIYI (WIZKID FEAT. TEMS)

LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN – WRITTEN BY: BRUNO MARS, BRANDON ANDERSON, DERNST EMILE II, CHRISTOPHER BRODY BROWN (BRUNO MARS, ANDERSON .PAAK, SILK SONIC)

PICK UP YOUR FEELINGS – WRITTEN BY: BLUE JUNE, CHI, AUDRA MAE BUTTS, JAZMINE SULLIVAN, KYLE COLEMAN, MICHAEL HOLMES (JAZMINE SULLIVAN)

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE
CHLOE X HALLE – UNGODLY HOUR
CHRIS BROWN, YOUNG THUG – CITY GIRLS
LIZZO FEAT. CARDI B – RUMORS
NORMANI FEAT. CARDI B- WILD SIDE
USHER – BAD HABITS

BEST COLLABORATION
CHRIS BROWN, YOUNG THUG FEAT. FUTURE, LIL DURK, LATTO – GO CRAZY (REMIX)
DOJA CAT FEAT. SZA – KISS ME MORE
H.E.R. FEAT. CHRIS BROWN – COME THROUGH
JAZMINE SULLIVAN FEAT. H.E.R. – GIRL LIKE ME
WIZKID FEAT. TEMS – ESSENCE
YUNG BLEU FEAT. DRAKE – YOU’RE MINES STILL

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
BRUNO MARS, ANDERSON .PAAK, SILK SONIC – LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN
CHRIS BROWN, YOUNG THUG FEAT. FUTURE, LIL DURK, LATTO – GO CRAZY (REMIX)
H.E.R. – DAMAGE
JAZMINE SULLIVAN – PICK UP YOUR FEELINGS
NORMANI FEAT. CARDI B – WILD SIDE
WIZKID FEAT. TEMS – ESSENCE

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ABOUT BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), 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 is in 125 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET+, the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience; BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

ABOUT JESSE COLLINS ENTERTAINMENT

Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full-service television and film production company that has played an integral role in producing many of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. The Emmy(R) nominated company has a multi-year overall agreement with ViacomCBS Cable Networks. On the theatrical film side, the company also has a first look on JCE’s film development projects which could include Viacom’s film entities such as Paramount Players. The award-winning and critically acclaimed television that JCE has produced includes miniseries – “The New Edition Story” and “The Bobby Brown Story;” scripted series – “American Soul” and “Real Husbands of Hollywood;” unscripted series – “Cardi Tries;” talk show – “Face to Face with Becky G;” Emmy Award winning children’s series – “Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices;” award shows – “BET Awards,” “Black Girls Rock!,” “BET Honors,” “UNCF’s An Evening of Stars,” “BET Hip Hop Awards,” “ABFF Honors” and “Soul Train Awards;” specials – “John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero,” “Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration,” “Change Together: From The March On Washington To Today,” “Stand Up for Heroes,” “Dear Mama,” “Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin’,” “Def Comedy Jam 25” and “Leslie Jones: Time Machine;” as well as competition/game shows – “Sunday Best,” “Hip Hop Squares,” “Nashville Squares” and “Rhythm & Flow.” Jesse Collins, founder and CEO of the company, is the executive producer of all programming. He is also an executive producer for the iconic “Grammy Awards” and “The Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show” and also produced The 2021 “Academy Awards.” He will next executive produce the 2021 “American Music Awards.” Go to jessecollinsent.com for more information on the company.

ABOUT THE APOLLO

The non-profit Apollo is a performing arts presenter, commissioner, and collaborator that also produces festivals and large-scale dance and musical works organized around a set of core initiatives that celebrate and extend the Apollo’s legacy through a contemporary lens, including the world premiere of the theatrical adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and the New York premiere of the opera We Shall Not Be Moved; special programs such as the blockbuster concert Bruno Mars Live at the Apollo; 100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella; the annual Africa Now! Festival; bi-annualWomen of the World (WOW) Festival; as well as other multidisciplinary collaborations with partner organizations. Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo has served as a testing ground for new artists working across a variety of art forms and has ushered in the emergence of many new musical genres – including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop. Among the countless legendary performers who launched their careers at the Apollo are Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, H.E.R., D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Machine Gun Kelly, and Miri Ben Ari; and the Apollo’s forward-looking artistic vision continues to build on this legacy. For more information about the Apollo, visit www.ApolloTheater.org.

ABOUT SOUL TRAIN

“Soul Train” was created in 1971 by visionary Don Cornelius and predominantly featured performances by R&B, pop, soul, and hip-hop artists, in addition to the occasional funk, jazz, disco, and gospel artists. When the final episode of the show’s historic thirty-five-year run aired in 2006, it was the longest running first-run, nationally syndicated program in television history. “Soul Train” highlighted a cast of incredible, ethnically diverse dancers who famously introduced the world to a whole new series of dance moves and styles on a weekly basis. Cornelius opened every show welcoming the audience to “the hippest trip in America” and closed each show wishing the audience “love, peace and soul.” Today, the legacy of “Soul Train” lives on through the legendary Soul Train dance line, which has become a timeless staple on dance floors across America. In 2016, BET, acquired the “Soul Train” brand and remains dedicated to revitalizing the brand while also honoring its heritage.

ABOUT SOUL TRAIN HOLDINGS

SOUL TRAIN HOLDINGS, LLC was formed in May 2008 and is owned by InterMedia Partners and a partnership between Magic Johnson Enterprises and Ron Burkle’s investment firm, The Yucaipa Companies. The iconic franchise and catalog consists of more than 1,100 episodes and 40 specials from Don Cornelius Productions, Inc. Soul Train is the longest running, first-run, nationally syndicated music program in television history. During its 35-year run, the show featured lasting innovations such as the Soul Train line and the legendary sign off “Love, Peace and Soul.” At the heart of the show was Don Cornelius, the dancers and influential artists such as James Brown, Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Hall & Oates, Donna Summer, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Prince, Run D.M.C. and Destiny’s Child.



BET & BET+ WHAT TO WATCH & BINGE PREMIERES AIRING AND STREAMING THE WEEK OF THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4– WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10





BET & BET+ WHAT TO WATCH & BINGE PREMIERES AIRING AND STREAMING THE WEEK OF THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4– WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10
11/04/21

BET & BET+ WHAT TO WATCH & BINGE

PREMIERES AIRING AND STREAMING THE WEEK OF
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4– WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10

BET+ ORIGINAL SERIES “SACRIFICE” STARRING PAULA PATTON PREMIERES TODAY

NEW HOLIDAY MOVIE “A RICH CHRISTMAS” AND EPISODES OF “TYLER PERRY’S BRUH” ARE STREAMING NOW ON BET+

FRESH EPISODES OF HIT ORIGINALS “TYLER PERRY’S SISTAS,” “HOUSE OF PAYNE,” “TWENTIES AFTER-SHOW WITH B. SCOTT” AND MORE

New York, NY – November 4, 2021 – BET and BET+’s must-see programming weeks of November 4– November 10 includes:

ON BET+:

BET+ ORIGINAL HOLIDAY MOVIE “A RICH CHRISTMAS” PREMIERES THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4 ON BET+

BET+ Original Holiday Movie “A Rich Christmas” Premieres on Thursday, November 4 On BET+: A spoiled and ungrateful socialite learns a valuable lesson one Christmas after her mega-rich father forces her to work at the first property he ever owned – a family homeless center.

BET+ ORIGINAL SERIES “SACRIFICE” PREMIERES THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4 ON BET+

BET+ Original Series “Sacrifice” Premieres on Thursday, November 4 On BET+: SACRIFICE, based off the BET+ original movie of the same name, takes place in the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles following entertainment lawyer and power player Daniella Hernandez (Paula Patton) as she mitigates the complex lives of her rich and famous clients. An all- around boss with deft perception skills and a cutthroat in her negotiations, Daniella is an X- Factor attorney in high demand. In her attempt to protect her often nefarious clients, Daniella enlists the services of her resourceful assistant Tamika (V Bozeman), a young ex-hacker and tech genius Somwon (Altonio Jackson), and her loyal, jackknife personal bodyguard, Miguel (Nelson Bonilla).

The reputation of Daniella and her clients often proves problematic to LA law enforcement, which brings her at odds with her sorority sister turned nemesis, District Attorney Beverly Rucker (Erica Ash). Harboring the belief that no one is above the law, Beverly seeks to bring those who take advantage of their status to justice.

An attorney by day, Daniella’s true desire is to connect the missing pieces of her childhood and discover the truth behind her parents’ traumatic and mysterious death. This journey sends Daniella down a rabbit hole riddled with family lies and duplicitous ties that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her life and her closest allies.

The series also sees the return of Erica Ash as District Attorney Beverly Rucker, Juan Antonio as Dominiq “Dom” Mayfield, Michael Toland as Arnold Lang and Liliana Montenegro as Gabriella Hernandez.

BET+ ORIGINAL SERIES “TYLER PERRY’S BRUH” STREAMS THURSDAYS ON BET+

Episode #215 “Cold Feet” is streaming on BET+– Regina gives Bill an ultimatum, Pam confides in Greg about Mike’s substance use, John tries to distance himself from Littia, and Bill goes to Natalie for advice. #TylerPerryBruh

ON BET:

“TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE” AIRS TUESDAYS AT 8 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #813 “Home Invaders” airs on Tuesday, November 9, at 8 PM ET/PT– Malik and C.J. are having trouble adjusting to a pregnant Lisa. #HouseOfPayne

“TYLER PERRY’S ASSISTED LIVING” AIRS TUESDAYS AT 8:30 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #213 “Christmas Staycation” airs on Tuesday, November 9, at 8:30 PM ET/PT– The family’s plans for Christmas gets interrupted by inclement weather. #AssistedLivingBET

“TYLER PERRY’S THE OVAL” AIRS TUESDAYS AT 9 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #305 “Behind Closed Doors” airs on Tuesday, November 9, at 9 PM ET/PT – Ellie finally stands up to Hunter when she realizes how callous he is in the aftermath of his brush with death. #TheOvalonBET

“GAMES PEOPLE PLAY” AIRS ON TUESDAYS AT 10 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #204 “Lost and Found” airs on Tuesday, November 9 at 10 PM ET/PT– Nia’s resolve strengthens as she continues her path to find the truth. Marques is handed another slap in the face as the Vipers begin to push him aside in favor of Romello. #GamesPeoplePlay

“TYLER PERRY’S SISTAS” AIRS WEDNESDAYS 3 AT 9 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #316 “At Seven” airs on Wednesday, November 10, at 9 PM ET/PT– Karen struggles to accept a harsh reality, amid her desperate attempt to rid things of the past. #SistasonBET

“TWENTIES” AIRS WEDNESDAYS AT 10 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #205 “Cop or Drop?” airs on Wednesday, November 10, at 10 PM ET/PT– Marie and Chuck set new boundaries for their relationship, and Marie makes progress on her movie with Quintrell. Hattie struggles to find a happy medium with her writers’ group, and her relationship with Ida B. Ben has a new idea for a movie and wants Nia to star in it. #TwentiesOnBET

“TWENTIES AFTER SHOW WITH B. SCOTT” AIRS WEDNESDAYS 3 AT 10:30 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episodes #105 “It’s the Fashion for Me” airs Wednesday, November 10, at 10:30 PM ET/PT– B. Scott welcomes Sophina Brown who plays boss lady boss Ida B, Twenties’ stylist Derica Cole Washington and Fashion designer and Twenties fan Rich Fresh. Fresh talks about his journey from being homeless to designing fashion for some of the hottest names in Hollywood. Derica shows how each character inspired their own on-screen style. Sophina gives the deets on what she thinks attracts Ida B to Hattie. B. Scott gives a sneak peek at next week’s episode of Twenties. #TwentiesOnBET

About BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), 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 is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

ABOUT BET+:

BET+ is the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience, with exclusive originals and thousands of TV episodes and movies from the best Black creators. A joint venture between BET and Tyler Perry Studios, BET+ allows users to stream Black culture including hit movies, TV shows, stand-up comedy, award shows, and specials, all in one place, commercial-free. The new service from BET Networks, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc., is the official home of Tyler Perry’s film, TV and stage works. The ad-free subscription video-on-demand service also provides users with access to original content including hit series First Wives Club from Tracey Oliver, Tyler Perry’s Ruthless and Bruh, Will Packer’s Bigger, hit unscripted anthology series American Gangster Trap Queens, exclusive originals from Carl Weber including The Family Business, Sacrifice and Influence to name a few. Visit BET. Plus to learn more and follow @BETPlus on social to join the conversation and get the latest.



BET STUDIOS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH KLUTCH SPORTS GROUP PRESENT “KLUTCH ACADEMY”





BET STUDIOS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH KLUTCH SPORTS GROUP PRESENT “KLUTCH ACADEMY” — A NEW ORIGINAL FIVE-PART DOCUMENTARY SERIES EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY KLUTCH CEO RICH PAUL, KENYA BARRIS’ KHALABO INK SOCIETY AND TOLLIN PRODUCTIONS
11/04/21

BET STUDIOS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH KLUTCH SPORTS GROUP PRESENT “KLUTCH ACADEMY” — A NEW ORIGINAL FIVE-PART DOCUMENTARY SERIES EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY KLUTCH CEO RICH PAUL, KENYA BARRIS’ KHALABO INK SOCIETY AND TOLLIN PRODUCTIONS

Premiering November 23 at 11PM/10c on BET, the Unscripted Series will Follow
Six NBA Hopefuls on their Journey to the Draft and Off Season

NEW YORK, NY – November 4, 2021 – BET Studios, in partnership with Rich Paul and KLUTCH Sports Group, present a new original documentary series, “KLUTCH Academy” – a five-part unscripted series to be executive produced by Paul and his KLUTCH Originals banner, Kenya Barris, and the creative team behind the award-winning docuseries The Last Dance, Mike Tollin and Jon Weinbach. “KLUTCH Academy” documents KLUTCH Sports Group—led by CEO Rich Paul— as they prepare six college basketball prospects for pro careers. These talented athletes possess the potential to be stars in the league but will need to work through areas of improvement on and off the court to achieve success and one day reach superstardom. Each one-hour episode will candidly reveal what players and agents experience in the process leading up to the Draft—and showcase that KLUTCH is more than an agency…it’s a tightknit group dedicated to developing young men for life in the NBA and beyond. “KLUTCH Academy” premieres November 23 at 11pm ET/10c on BET.

“With Kenya Barris, Rich Paul, Mike Tollin and Jon Weinbach all on board for KLUTCH Academy, we couldn’t have hoped for a better inaugural project for BET Studios,” said Aisha Summers Burke, Executive Vice-President and General Manager of BET Studios. “The BET Studios venture is all about giving creators an opportunity to tell stories that have yet to be told, and KLUTCH Sports has a remarkable background and history that we know will resonate with our audiences, which is why we’re so glad the series found its home right here on BET.”

“These young men work their entire lives to get a shot at becoming a professional athlete, and at KLUTCH we invest the time and care to help them succeed not only as players, but as human beings prepared to meet all of life’s challenges,” said Paul. “It’s an honor to work with Kenya and BET to share our rookies’ powerful stories, and I’m excited for audiences to get a glimpse at the incredible work my team does every day to help athletes achieve and sustain success.”

“There is no denying the impact that Rich has had. He and the KLUTCH Team have pushed boundaries and completely shifted the narrative,” Barris commented. “And while buzzwords like disruptor and super agent are fitting, it’s the work that they do with these young men, behind the scenes and off-the-court, that is the most impressive and I’m excited for viewers to get a glimpse beyond the headlines into that part of their story.”

“KLUTCH Academy” will give audiences a ‘courtside’ seat to the progression these young athletes undergo as they transition from college into the pros—from signing with an agent to training for pro competition to Draft day anxiety and off-season preparation to managing personal relationships and the challenges young Black men in their unique circumstances face. The show will also pay tribute to Terrence Clarke, who tragically passed away the day after signing with KLUTCH. The cast features a roster of talent who recently had their lives changed being drafted into the NBA.

Brandon Boston Jr. – A former University of Kentucky Forward from small-town Norcross, Georgia, Brandon was selected as the 51st pick by the LA Clippers. The loss of his best friend and college teammate Terrence Clarke in a tragic car accident weighs heavily on Brandon, but also drives him to stay focused and make the most of the opportunity to realize his childhood dream.

Kai Jones – Hailing from the tiny island of the Bahamas, this former University of Texas Forward was selected 10th by the Charlotte Hornets. At 6-foot-11, Kai is the tallest of the KLUTCH prospects, but he’s not nearly “NBA big” yet. He must add weight and show his team he can compete against the world’s best players, has the discipline to work in the weight room and will be ready when his number is called.
Jalen Johnson – A year ago, Jalen was projected the potential number one overall pick of the 2021 Draft. After leaving Duke University, one of college basketball’s iconic programs, questions surfaced about his maturity. But Jalen’s older brother relocated to help him navigate the process of turning pro and is learning everything he can from Rich and the KLUTCH team about managing the day-to-day of NBA pros. Jalen was drafted as the 20th pick by the Atlanta Hawks.
Moses Moody – Moses had an excellent freshman season at Arkansas, and his combination of size and shooting ability placed him on numerous pro scouts’ radar. Now more than ever—after being selected 14th by the Golden State Warriors—he feels the pressure of being the one who will change his family’s future forever.
Jericho Sims – A breakout performance at this year’s combine trended Sims’s draft stock upwards. His 44.5-inch vertical leap (the third highest in NBA Combine history) caught the eyes of NBA scouts and the KLUTCH team. But physicality is simply one phase of a player’s game—selected 58th to the New York Knicks, Jericho faces the challenge of breaking out of his shell to impress NBA front office staff.
Scottie Lewis – As a top-rated high school player, Scottie was projected to be a future first-round Draft pick, but a few lackluster seasons at the University of Florida caused doubts about his game. Redemption came in the 2021 NCAA tournament with a stellar performance that turned his fortune around. Picked 56th to the Charlotte Hornets, Scottie will need to work extra hard to prove he has what it takes to make it in the league.

Terrence Clarke – Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, Terrence was an accomplished athlete, son, brother, and friend who touched the lives of everyone he encountered. A top prospect from the University of Kentucky, the KLUTCH team and prospects are devastated by his tragic passing but work side by side with his family to make sure his legacy lives on forever.
“KLUTCH Academy” is executive produced by Rich Paul and Fara Leff for KLUTCH Originals, the production arm of KLUTCH Sports Group; Mike Tollin and Jon Weinbach serve as Executive Producers; Kenya Barris serves as Executive Producer through his company Khalabo Ink Society; Tiffany Lea Williams serves as Executive Producer for BET; Mike Gleaton serves as Executive Producer and Showrunner.

For more information visit BET.com. Follow @bet across social media and join the conversation using the hashtag #KlutchAcademy.

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About BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), 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 is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

About KLUTCH Originals

KLUTCH Originals is a media and content company that serves as the production arm for KLUTCH Sports Group, the premier agency representing the world’s biggest athletes across major professional sports founded by Rich Paul, KLUTCH Sports’ CEO and Head of Sports at United Talent Agency. A provider of premium original content, KLUTCH Originals is currently in development on multiple projects across scripted, unscripted, digital and podcasts.

Founded in 2012, KLUTCH is minority-owned and women-led. KLUTCH’s unique, 360 approach helps clients at any stage of their career maximize opportunities across the rapidly changing entertainment, media and business landscape, and provides strategic support in partnerships, branding, communications, social responsibility and more. With proven expertise in the intersections of sports, entertainment and culture, KLUTCH connects top teams, major leagues and properties with global brands. In 2019 KLUTCH partnered with United Talent Agency (UTA), and in April, KLUTCH was recognized on TIME Magazine’s first-ever list of TIME100 Most Influential Companies.



NEO SOUL PIONEER, MULTIPLATINUM SINGER-SONGWRITER AND PRODUCER MAXWELL TO RECEIVE THE ‘LEGEND’ AWARD





NEO SOUL PIONEER, MULTIPLATINUM SINGER-SONGWRITER AND PRODUCER MAXWELL TO RECEIVE THE ‘LEGEND’ AWARD AT THE 2021 “SOUL TRAIN AWARDS” PRESENTED BY BET

TRAILBLAZING MULTIPLATINUM SINGER-SONGWRITER ASHANTITO RECEIVE ‘LADY OF SOUL’ HONOR

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OFFICIAL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR 2021 “SOUL TRAIN AWARDS”

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H.E.R. LEADS WITH 8 NOMINATIONS FOLLOWED BY JAZMINE SULLIVAN & CHRIS BROWN WITH 6

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OTHER TOP NOMINEES INCLUDE WIZ KID AND TEMS WITH FIVE NODS, FOLLOWED BY BLXST WITH FOUR NODS, AND BRUNO MARS, ANDERSON .PAAK, SILK SONIC, DOJA CAT, AND YUNG BLEU WITH THREE NODS

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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF THE ICONIC “SOUL TRAIN” LEGACY AND AIRING FOR THE FIRST TIME FROM THE WORLD FAMOUS APOLLO, 2021 “SOUL TRAIN AWARDS” PREMIERES SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28 AT 8 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

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#SOULTRAINAWARDS

NEW YORK, NY – November 2, 2021 – Today, BET announced three-time GRAMMY® award-winning singer-songwriter and producer Maxwell will receive the ‘Legend’ award at the 2021 “Soul Train Awards”. Award-winning and multiplatinum singer/songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, and author Ashanti will be the recipient of the ‘Lady of Soul’ honor. The 2021 “Soul Train Awards” premieres Sunday, November 28 at 8 PM ET/PT on BET and BET Her.

“It’s an honor to be presented with the Legend award by a community that’s been growing with me throughout my career,” said Maxwell. “I’m so grateful to be sharing this moment with everyone and returning to the Apollo for an evening of excellence.”

“I’m honored to be recognized as this year’s ‘Lady of Soul’ honoree,” said Ashanti. “This is a full circle moment for me because I received the ‘Aretha Franklin Entertainer of the Year’ Award at the Lady of Soul Awards in 2002. As we commemorate 50 years of Soul Train, I’m proud to be a part of this legacy and to return to the Apollo to celebrate.”

Additionally, BET has released the official nominations for the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” recognizing the best in Soul and R&B, which will also celebrate Soul Train’s 50th anniversary.

H.E.R. leads the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” nominations with an impressive eight nods for ‘Best R&B/Soul Female Artist,’ ‘Song of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award (x2),’ ‘Best Collaboration (x2),’ and ‘Video of the Year’. Jazmine Sullivan and Chris Brown garnered the second most nods with six nominations each. Jazmine Sullivan’s nods include ‘Best R&B/Soul Female Artist,’ ‘Song of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award,’ ‘Best Collaboration,’ and ‘Video of the Year’. Chris Brown’s nods include ‘Best R&B/Soul Male Artist,’ ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award,’ ‘Best Dance Performance,’ ‘Best Collaboration (x2),’ and ‘Video of the Year’.

Wiz Kid and TEMS are the third highest with five nods each, followed by Blxst with four nods. Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, Doja Cat, and Yung Bleu each have three nods.

Dynamic best-friend duo Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold will return as co-hosts of the 2021 “Soul Train Awards,” bringing their irreplaceable energy and hilarious comedic talents to this year’s show.

About Maxwell

Maxwell has artfully managed to transfix music lovers for more than two decades, releasing five studio albums, all in his own time and all duly anointed as classics. The soul singer redefined soul music in April of 1996 when he released his critically acclaimed debut on Columbia Music, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite. It earned GRAMMY® nominations, double-platinum status and RIAA gold for the single “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder).” Platinum albums Embrya (1998) and Maxwell Now (2001) followed. After an eight-year break between album releases, BLACKsummers’night (2009) debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and won two GRAMMY® awards, including Best R&B Album. To date, Maxwell has achieved 4 platinum album certifications from the RIAA. His last album blackSUMMERS’night, the second installment of his musical trilogy, earned Maxwell his third-GRAMMY® (Best R&B Song for “Lake By The Ocean”) an NAACP Image Award (Outstanding Male Artist), and a Soul Train Award (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist).

About Ashanti

Award-winning singer/songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, and author Ashanti has been tapped to receive the seventh annual Soul Train ‘Lady of Soul’ Award. Among her numerous accolades, Ashanti has received several Soul Train Awards throughout her illustrious career, including R&B/Soul Album – Female, Independent R&B/Soul Performance, two awards for R&B/ Soul Single – Female and the Lady of Soul Awards’ Aretha Franklin Entertainer of the Year Award. Ashanti’s expansive multiplatinum discography has brought her to the top of the charts, meriting eight Billboard awards and a GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary R&B Album (Ashanti). She was the first female to make Billboard history by having her first three chart entries land in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time, a feat previously accomplished only by The Beatles. With a career that spans decades, Ashanti has established herself as a staple in music and will also receive a Star on the infamous Hollywood Walk of Fame in April 2022.

BET Soul joins the 2021“Soul Train Awards” celebration by dedicating a full hour to each honoree’s collection of music videos. Watch many of their iconic music videos, including Ashanti’s “Foolish,” “Rock Wit U (Awww Baby),” “Baby” and Maxwell’s “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder),” “Pretty Wings,” “Lifetime” starting today at 6 PM ET. Check local listings.

The 2021“Soul Train Awards”presented by BET, will feature an exciting lineup of unforgettable performances including special moments and appearances by some of the brightest stars in Black culture and entertainment. The annual event is committed to showcasing the impact of Soul Train on music and dance from the ‘70s to today.

Connie Orlando, EVP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy will oversee the annual show, with Jamal Noisette VP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy to Co-Executive Produce for BET. Jesse Collins Entertainment’s Jesse Collins and Jeannae Rouzan–Clay will serve as Executive Producers of the 2021 “Soul Train Awards.”

To apply for red-carpet media credentials to cover the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” taping on November 20 click here. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 5, 2021 by midnight ET.

The complete list of nominees for the 2021 “Soul Train Awards”:

BEST NEW ARTIST

BLXST

CAPELLA GREY

MORRAY

TEMS

TONE STITH

YUNG BLEU

CERTIFIED SOUL AWARD

ANTHONY HAMILTON

ASHANTI

CHARLIE WILSON

THE ISLEY BROTHERS

JAM & LEWIS

T-PAIN

BEST R&B/SOUL FEMALE ARTIST

ALICIA KEYS

DOJA CAT

H.E.R.

JAZMINE SULLIVAN

JHENÉ AIKO

SZA

BEST R&B/SOUL MALE ARTIST

BLXST

CHRIS BROWN

GIVEON

LUCKY DAYE

TANK

USHER

BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD

BRIAN COURTNEY WILSON

JAMES FORTUNE

KELLY PRICE

KIRK FRANKLIN

MAVERICK CITY MUSIC

TASHA COBBS LEONARD

SONG OF THE YEAR

BLXST FEAT. TY DOLLA $IGN & TYGA – CHOSEN

BRUNO MARS, ANDERSON .PAAK, SILK SONIC – LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN

H.E.R. – DAMAGE

JAZMINE SULLIVAN – PICK UP YOUR FEELINGS

WIZ KID FEAT. TEMS – ESSENCE

YUNG BLEU FEAT. DRAKE – YOU’RE MINES STILL

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

BLXST – NO LOVE LOST

DOJA CAT – PLANET HER

GIVEON – WHEN IT’S ALL SAID AND DONE… TAKE TIME

H.E.R. – BACK OF MY MIND

JAZMINE SULLIVAN – HEAUX TALES

WIZKID – MADE IN LAGOS

THE ASHFORD AND SIMPSON SONGWRITER’S AWARD

CAN’T LET IT SHOW – WRITTEN BY: KATE BUSH, DURRELL BABBS (TANK)

COME THROUGH – WRITTEN BY: CARL MCCORMICK, CHRIS BROWN, H.E.R., KELVIN WOOTEN, MICHAEL L. WILLIAMS II, TIARA THOMAS (H.E.R. FEAT. CHRIS BROWN)

DAMAGE – WRITTEN BY: ANTHONY CLEMONS JR., CARL MCCORMICK, H.E.R., JAMES HARRIS, JEFF GITELMAN, TERRY LEWIS, TIARA THOMAS (H.E.R.)

ESSENCE – WRITTEN BY: AYODEJI IBRAHIM BALOGUN, ONIKO EDDIE UZEZI, ONIKO EVAWERO, RICHARD ISONG, TEMILADE OPENIYI (WIZKID FEAT. TEMS)

LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN – WRITTEN BY: BRUNO MARS, BRANDON ANDERSON, DERNST EMILE II, CHRISTOPHER BRODY BROWN (BRUNO MARS, ANDERSON .PAAK, SILK SONIC)

PICK UP YOUR FEELINGS – WRITTEN BY: BLUE JUNE, CHI, AUDRA MAE BUTTS, JAZMINE SULLIVAN, KYLE COLEMAN, MICHAEL HOLMES (JAZMINE SULLIVAN)

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE

CHLOE X HALLE – UNGODLY HOUR

CHRIS BROWN, YOUNG THUG – CITY GIRLS

LIZZO FEAT. CARDI B – RUMORS

NORMANI FEAT. CARDI B- WILD SIDE

USHER – BAD HABITS

BEST COLLABORATION

CHRIS BROWN, YOUNG THUG FEAT. FUTURE, LIL DURK, LATTO – GO CRAZY (REMIX)

DOJA CAT FEAT. SZA – KISS ME MORE

H.E.R. FEAT. CHRIS BROWN – COME THROUGH

JAZMINE SULLIVAN FEAT. H.E.R. – GIRL LIKE ME

WIZKID FEAT. TEMS – ESSENCE

YUNG BLEU FEAT. DRAKE – YOU’RE MINES STILL

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

BRUNO MARS, ANDERSON .PAAK, SILK SONIC – LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN

CHRIS BROWN, YOUNG THUG FEAT. FUTURE, LIL DURK, LATTO – GO CRAZY (REMIX)

H.E.R. – DAMAGE

JAZMINE SULLIVAN – PICK UP YOUR FEELINGS

NORMANI FEAT. CARDI B – WILD SIDE

WIZKID FEAT. TEMS – ESSENCE

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ABOUT BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), 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 is in 125 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET+, the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience; BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

ABOUT JESSE COLLINS ENTERTAINMENT

Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full-service television and film production company that has played an integral role in producing many of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. The Emmy® nominated company has a multi-year overall agreement with ViacomCBS Cable Networks. On the theatrical film side, the company also has a first look on JCE’s film development projects which could include Viacom’s film entities such as Paramount Players. The award-winning and critically acclaimed television that JCE has produced includes miniseries—”The New Edition Story” and “The Bobby Brown Story;” scripted series—”American Soul” and “Real Husbands of Hollywood;” unscripted series – “Cardi Tries;” talk show – “Face to Face with Becky G;” Emmy Award winning children’s series—”Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices;” award shows—”BET Awards,” “Black Girls Rock!,” “BET Honors,” “UNCF’s An Evening of Stars,” “BET Hip Hop Awards,” “ABFF Honors” and “Soul Train Awards;” specials—”John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero,” “Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration,” “Change Together: From The March On Washington To Today,” “Stand Up for Heroes,” “Dear Mama,” “Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin’,” “Def Comedy Jam 25” and “Leslie Jones: Time Machine;” as well as competition/game shows—”Sunday Best,” “Hip Hop Squares,” “Nashville Squares” and “Rhythm & Flow.” Jesse Collins, founder and CEO of the company, is the executive producer of all programming. He is also an executive producer for the iconic “Grammy Awards” and “The Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show” and also produced The 2021 “Academy Awards.” He will next executive produce the 2021 “American Music Awards.” Go to jessecollinsent.com for more information on the company.

ABOUT THE APOLLO
The non-profit Apollo is a performing arts presenter, commissioner, and collaborator that also produces festivals and large-scale dance and musical works organized around a set of core initiatives that celebrate and extend the Apollo’s legacy through a contemporary lens, including the world premiere of the theatrical adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and the New York premiere of the opera We Shall Not Be Moved; special programs such as the blockbuster concert Bruno Mars Live at the Apollo; 100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella; the annual Africa Now! Festival; bi-annual Women of the World (WOW) Festival; as well as other multidisciplinary collaborations with partner organizations. Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo has served as a testing ground for new artists working across a variety of art forms and has ushered in the emergence of many new musical genres—including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop. Among the countless legendary performers who launched their careers at the Apollo are Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, H.E.R., D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Machine Gun Kelly, and Miri Ben Ari; and the Apollo’s forward-looking artistic vision continues to build on this legacy. For more information about the Apollo, visit www.ApolloTheater.org.

ABOUT SOUL TRAIN

“Soul Train” was created in 1971 by visionary Don Cornelius and predominantly featured performances by R&B, pop, soul, and hip-hop artists, in addition to the occasional funk, jazz, disco, and gospel artists. When the final episode of the show’s historic thirty-five-year run aired in 2006, it was the longest running first-run, nationally syndicated program in television history. “Soul Train” highlighted a cast of incredible, ethnically diverse dancers who famously introduced the world to a whole new series of dance moves and styles on a weekly basis. Cornelius opened every show welcoming the audience to “the hippest trip in America” and closed each show wishing the audience “love, peace and soul.” Today, the legacy of “Soul Train” lives on through the legendary Soul Train dance line, which has become a timeless staple on dance floors across America. In 2016, BET, acquired the “Soul Train” brand and remains dedicated to revitalizing the brand while also honoring its heritage.

ABOUT SOUL TRAIN HOLDINGS

SOUL TRAIN HOLDINGS, LLC was formed in May 2008 and is owned by InterMedia Partners and a partnership between Magic Johnson Enterprises and Ron Burkle’s investment firm, The Yucaipa Companies. The iconic franchise and catalog consists of more than 1,100 episodes and 40 specials from Don Cornelius Productions, Inc. Soul Train is the longest running, first-run, nationally syndicated music program in television history. During its 35-year run, the show featured lasting innovations such as the Soul Train line and the legendary sign off “Love, Peace and Soul.” At the heart of the show was Don Cornelius, the dancers and influential artists such as James Brown, Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Hall & Oates, Donna Summer, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Prince, Run D.M.C. and Destiny’s Child.



BET & BET+ WHAT TO WATCH & BINGE PREMIERES AIRING AND STREAMING THE WEEK OF THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28– WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3





BET & BET+ WHAT TO WATCH & BINGE PREMIERES AIRING AND STREAMING THE WEEK OF THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28– WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3
10/28/21

BET & BET+ WHAT TO WATCH & BINGE

PREMIERES AIRING AND STREAMING THE WEEK OF
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28– WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, INCLUDING HIT OIRIGINALS “THE OVAL,” “GAMES PEOPLE PLAY,” “TWENTIES” AND MORE

NEW EPISODE OF “TYLER PERRY’S BRUH” IS STREAMING NOW ON BET+

New York, NY – October 28, 2021 – BET and BET+’s must-see programming weeks of October 28– November 3 includes:

ON BET+:

BET+ ORIGINAL SERIES “TYLER PERRY’S BRUH” STREAMS THURSDAYS ON BET+

Episode #214 “Tomorrow Comes” is streaming on BET+– Bill has second thoughts about getting married, John has concerns about Littia’s past, Mike refuses Pam’s help, and Greg has an unexpected encounter at the hospital. #TylerPerryBruh

ON BET:

“TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE” AIRS TUESDAYS AT 8 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #812 “Fake Newsletters” airs on Tuesday, November 2, at 8 PM ET/PT– Curtis and C.J. bump heads when Curtis decides to run for president of the HOA. Meanwhile, Ella takes an online course to become a life coach. #HouseOfPayne

“TYLER PERRY’S ASSISTED LIVING” AIRS TUESDAYS AT 8:30 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #212 “Field Day” airs on Tuesday, November 2, at 8:30 PM ET/PT– Sandra’s new problem causes major division in the Assisted Living facility. #AssistedLivingBET

“TYLER PERRY’S THE OVAL” AIRS TUESDAYS AT 9 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #304 “In Need of Protection” airs on Tuesday, November 2, at 9 PM ET/PT – Turmoil has hit the people of White House, and the First Lady Victoria has created a plan of her own. #TheOvalonBET

“GAMES PEOPLE PLAY” AIRS ON TUESDAYS AT 10 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #203 “Love and Basketball” airs on Tuesday, November 2 at 10 PM ET/PT– The lines between Marques’ personal and professional problems blur and start to collide as he attempts to weather a storm. Nia, Eric and MJ learn that the curiosity of the cat is a treacherous thing. #GamesPeoplePlay

“TYLER PERRY’S SISTAS” AIRS WEDNESDAYS 3 AT 9 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #315 “Unknown Caller” airs on Wednesday, November 3, at 9 PM ET/PT– Aaron pushes Karen to talk to Zac. Zac reassures Fatima of his devotion to their relationship. Preston decides to give Danni exactly what she asked for. #SistasonBET

“TWENTIES” AIRS WEDNESDAYS AT 10 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episode #204 “Everything” airs on Wednesday, November 3, at 10 PM ET/PT– Marie and Chuck attend premarital pastoral care and learn new things about each other. Hattie buckles down and attends her first writers’ group with Idina but puts her delivery job at risk. Nia and Ben see each other in a new light. #TwentiesOnBET

“TWENTIES AFTER SHOW WITH B. SCOTT” AIRS WEDNESDAYS 3 AT 10:30 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

Episodes #104 “Is Chuck Bi?” airs Wednesday, November 3, at 10:30 PM ET/PT– B. Scott is joined by Jevon McFerrin (“Chuck”) and Crystal Anderson (Dear, Black Love). Crystal talks about meeting her partner on Instagram and being an internet trailblazer and Chuck gives us an inside look into his character’s struggle with bisexuality. Everyone plays a game of “Pickup or Pass” where everyone’s delivery of a pickup line is put to the test. B. Scott gives a sneak peek at next week’s episode of Twenties. #TwentiesOnBET

About BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), 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 is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

ABOUT BET+:

BET+ is the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience, with exclusive originals and thousands of TV episodes and movies from the best Black creators. A joint venture between BET and Tyler Perry Studios, BET+ allows users to stream Black culture including hit movies, TV shows, stand-up comedy, award shows, and specials, all in one place, commercial-free. The new service from BET Networks, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc., is the official home of Tyler Perry’s film, TV and stage works. The ad-free subscription video-on-demand service also provides users with access to original content including hit series First Wives Club from Tracey Oliver, Tyler Perry’s Ruthless and Bruh, Will Packer’s Bigger, hit unscripted anthology series American Gangster Trap Queens, exclusive originals from Carl Weber including The Family Business, Sacrifice and Influence to name a few. Visit BET. Plus to learn more and follow @BETPlus on social to join the conversation and get the latest.



Tisha Campbell & Tichina Arnold Return to Co-Host 2021 “Soul Train Awards”





Tisha Campbell & Tichina Arnold Return to Co-Host 2021 “Soul Train Awards” Presented by BET Premiering Sunday, November 28 at 8 PM ET/PT on BET and BET Her
Celebrating the best in soul music and the iconic television show’s 50th anniversary, the “Soul Train Awards” recognizes the best in Soul, R&B, and Hip Hop from both established industry legends and the next generation of promising artists.
[via press release from BET]
TISHA CAMPBELL & TICHINA ARNOLD RETURN TO CO-HOST 2021 “SOUL TRAIN AWARDS” PRESENTED BY BET PREMIERING SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28 AT 8 PM ET/PT ON BET AND BET HER

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF THE ICONIC “SOUL TRAIN” LEGACY AND AIRING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY FROM THE WORLD FAMOUS APOLLO

#SOULTRAINAWARDS

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NEW YORK, NY – October 27, 2021 – Today, BET announces the hosts of the 2021 “Soul Train Awards,” taking place from a new location, the Apollo in New York City, with co-hosts Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold. Celebrating the best in soul music and the iconic television show’s 50th anniversary, the “Soul Train Awards” recognizes the best in Soul, R&B, and Hip Hop from both established industry legends and the next generation of promising artists. The 2021 “Soul Train Awards” premieres Sunday, November 28 at 8 pm ET/PT on BET and BET Her.

Actor, singer and writer Tisha Campbell (Martin, My Wife & Kids, Last Man Standing, Outmatched) will once again join actor, singer, and writer Tichina Arnold (Martin, Everybody Hates Chris, The Neighborhood, The Last Black Man in San Francisco) as hosts and co-producers of this year’s awards. The legendary best friend duo, both on the 90’s hit show “Martin” and in real-life, will return to the “Soul Train Awards” stage for the fourth time, bringing their dynamic comedy and infectious personalities to this year’s ceremony.

“We are thrilled to welcome back the incomparable pair, Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold, to host the “Soul Train Awards” for a legendary night in Harlem at the World Famous Apollo,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy. “Their energy, like that of the Awards, remains unparalleled. Our hosts are a great complement to this year’s special event, celebrating the legacy of Soul Train with electrifying performances that will keep everyone buzzing.”

“Producing and hosting the Soul Train Awards for the last three years with my childhood friend has truly been one of the high points of my life,” said 2021 “Soul Train Awards” co-host Tisha Campbell. “Yet, upon hearing Tichina and I would be filming at the World Famous Apollo this year, we literally lost our minds with excitement. It is already an extreme honor to be synonymous with Don Cornelius’s legacy, and now, to also walk in the footsteps of the multitude of African-American talent that graced the Apollo stage is mind-blowing to both of us!”

“Returning to my hometown where it all began for us as young girls and hosting the iconic “Soul Train Awards” at the Apollo is a truly a childhood dream come true,” said 2021 “Soul Train Awards” co-host Tichina Arnold. “I’m honored to stand beside Tisha and take our place in history hosting and creatively producing such an iconic show.”

The “Soul Train Awards” presented by BET will feature an exciting lineup of unforgettable performances including special moments and appearances by some of the brightest stars in Black culture and entertainment. The annual event is committed to showcasing the impact of Soul Train on music and dance from the ’70s to today.

About Tisha Campbell

Tisha Campbell is one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors and is one of the rare talents who has successfully made the transition from child star to adult superstar. She got her big break starring in the hit film, Little Shop Of Horrors; from there, she went on to star in major studio films including the Spike Lee cult classic School Daze, cultural epic House Party and two films with Eddie Murphy, Another 48 Hours and Boomerang. Following these high-profile roles, she notably went on to make history with the highly rated and often imitated Martin sitcom for five hilarious seasons with Martin Lawrence, and to star in a second hit sitcom, ABC’s My Wife And Kids with Damon Wayans. In recent years, Campbell has starred opposite Kim Jong in the ABC sitcom Dr. Ken and in the highly touted award-winning film, Blindspotting. She is currently starring opposite JoJo Siwa in the new Nickelodeon film, The J Team, preparing for her fourth consecutive turn as co-host of the “Soul Train Awards” and will star opposite Neil Patrick Harris in the forthcoming Netflix series Uncoupled.

About Tichina Arnold

Tichina Arnold was born to entertain in every form of creativity, from acting and singing to dancing and writing, and her career exemplifies her deep love and commitment to making people feel happy. “For me, the most important part is that I just move people to feel anything. Just to laugh, cry, whatever you need to get it out… I’m after the truth. I share everything with my audiences so that they can see that I’m going through it too!” From comedies to drama on the big screen or your home television set, Tichina’s characters are beloved around the world for their honest reactions to life’s all-too-real situations. Tichina appears in A24/Plan B’s 2-time Sundance Award-winning drama The Last Black Man In San Francisco (opposite Danny Glover, Jonathan Majors and Rob Morgan), and the Netflix collaborative feature film event with WWE, The Main Event. With her roles in Martin, Wild Hogs, Happily Divorced, Survivor’s Remorse, Daytime Divas, Everybody Hates Chris, and the CBS hit family comedy series The Neighborhood, Tichina has cemented her devoted, global fanbase. She is preparing for her fourth consecutive return as co-host and co-producer of the “Soul Train Awards.”

Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy will oversee the annual show, with Jamal Noisette to Co-Executive Produce for BET. Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment, to serve as Executive Producer of the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” along with Jesse Collins Entertainment’s Jeannae Rouzan-Clay.

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ABOUT BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), 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 is in 125 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET+, the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience; BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

ABOUT JESSE COLLINS ENTERTAINMENT

Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full-service television and film production company and has played an integral role in producing many of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. The Emmy(R) nominated company has a multi-year overall agreement with ViacomCBS Cable Networks. On the theatrical film side, the company also has a first look on JCE’s film development projects which could include Viacom’s film entities such as Paramount Players. The award-winning and critically acclaimed television that JCE has produced includes miniseries – “The New Edition Story” and “The Bobby Brown Story;” scripted series – “American Soul” and “Real Husbands of Hollywood;” unscripted series – “Cardi Tries;” children’s series – “Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices;” award shows – “BET Awards,” “Black Girls Rock!,” “BET Honors,” “UNCF’s An Evening of Stars,” “BET Hip Hop Awards,” “ABFF Honors” and “Soul Train Awards;” specials – “John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero,” “Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration,” “Change Together: From The March On Washington To Today,” “Stand Up for Heroes,” “Dear Mama,” “Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin’,” “Def Comedy Jam 25” and “Leslie Jones: Time Machine;” as well as competition/game shows – “Sunday Best,” “Hip Hop Squares,” “Nashville Squares” and “Rhythm & Flow.” Jesse Collins, founder and CEO of the company, is the executive producer of all programming. He is also a co-executive producer for the iconic Grammy Awards. Most recently, he was executive producer of The 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show and produced The 2021 Academy Awards. He will next executive produce the 2021 American Music Awards. Go to jessecollinsent.com for more information on the company.

ABOUT THE APOLLO

The non-profit Apollo is a performing arts presenter, commissioner, and collaborator that also produces festivals and large-scale dance and musical works organized around a set of core initiatives that celebrate and extend the Apollo’s legacy through a contemporary lens, including the world premiere of the theatrical adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and the New York premiere of the opera We Shall Not Be Moved; special programs such as the blockbuster concert Bruno Mars Live at the Apollo; 100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella; the annual Africa Now! Festival; bi-annualWomen of the World (WOW) Festival; as well as other multidisciplinary collaborations with partner organizations. Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo has served as a testing ground for new artists working across a variety of art forms and has ushered in the emergence of many new musical genres – including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop. Among the countless legendary performers who launched their careers at the Apollo are Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, H.E.R., D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Machine Gun Kelly, and Miri Ben Ari; and the Apollo’s forward-looking artistic vision continues to build on this legacy. For more information about the Apollo, visit www.ApolloTheater.org.

ABOUT SOUL TRAIN

“Soul Train” was created in 1971 by visionary Don Cornelius and predominantly featured performances by R&B, pop, soul, and hip-hop artists, in addition to the occasional funk, jazz, disco, and gospel artists. When the final episode of the show’s historic thirty-five-year run aired in 2006, it was the longest running first-run, nationally syndicated program in television history. “Soul Train” highlighted a cast of incredible, ethnically diverse dancers who famously introduced the world to a whole new series of dance moves and styles on a weekly basis. Cornelius opened every show welcoming the audience to “the hippest trip in America” and closed each show wishing the audience “love, peace and soul.” Today, the legacy of “Soul Train” lives on through the legendary Soul Train dance line, which has become a timeless staple on dance floors across America. In 2016, BET, acquired the “Soul Train” brand and remains dedicated to revitalizing the brand while also honoring its heritage.

ABOUT SOUL TRAIN HOLDINGS

SOUL TRAIN HOLDINGS, LLC was formed in May 2008 and is owned by InterMedia Partners and a partnership between Magic Johnson Enterprises and Ron Burkle’s investment firm, The Yucaipa Companies. The iconic franchise and catalog consists of more than 1,100 episodes and 40 specials from Don Cornelius Productions, Inc. Soul Train is the longest running, first-run, nationally syndicated music program in television history. During its 35-year run, the show featured lasting innovations such as the Soul Train line and the legendary sign off “Love, Peace and Soul.” At the heart of the show was Don Cornelius, the dancers and influential artists such as James Brown, Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Hall & Oates, Donna Summer, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Prince, Run D.M.C. and Destiny’s Child.



Video: BET+ Originals – “Sacrifice” Season 1





Video: BET+ Originals – “Sacrifice” Season 1
Daniella Hernandez (Paula Patton) is back protecting the lives of the rich and famous all while trying to put the pieces of her life back together.
[via press release from BET]
BET+ Originals | Sacrifice Season 1

Secrets. Scandal. Sacrifice. Daniella Hernandez (Paula Patton) is back protecting the lives of the rich and famous all while trying to put the pieces of her life back together.

All- new episodes streaming November 4, only on BET+.