The BETExperience is a four-day festival of music’s hottest stars and fan fest events.
The annual summer event held at L.A. Live.…and presented by Coca-Cola, took over downtown Los Angeles.
At the main entrance… I spoke to a couple at a couple just arriving from Chicago. “We had so much fun last year… We knew we had to come back.. and get the FULL VIP package registration deal…we wanted to make our own personal experience #FirstClass!”
Live Musical Performances….are scheduled here ALL DAY LONG! There are a variety of musical choices to appeal to all ages.
***** It’s a FAMILY affair!!! ****
Dance competitions... Celebrity guest appearances…take place on various stages throughout the LA Convention Center… like this one in the #Coke Zone… -and-speaking of Coca-Cola… The Refreshing beverage is flowing!
Coke cans, Coke bottles and Coke in a cup are FREE to all!
-Oh yeah!- #ItsTheRealThing! #MyFavorite ❤️ Ahhhhh!!!!
Diddy made a surprise appearance at the 106 & Park stage joining Christian Combs for a performance that had the crowd on their feet.
Radio station D.J’s kept the energy WAY UP! crowds were able catch some hot beats from musical mix masters… and featured rap artist on stage.
Cool GROVES-and-STUNNING STYLES!
There was indeed a FABULOUS turn of events at the #BETExperience #runway #fashion show on Saturday!
This #BETExperience #style lounge sponsored by #Macy’s was set up right next to the runway.
The #1 retailer is committed to keeping customers in the KNOW… by sharing the most popular beauty trends today!
A New #fragrance… to suit your taste is always wonderful! Stop by your local Macy’s to speak with a #cosmetics & #style consultant to find out the BEST choices..to enhance your lifestyle.
“Sparkle-e “takes pleasure in sharing #dazzling discoveries… to add a little extra shimmer…and “bling” **MORE**to your life! 💎
A little #SWAG before you leave… makes this experience complete! It’s always great to get NEW goodies… and top selling items on the market…to try for FREE!!!
The fan fest continued with the AT&T presented Genius Talks with an exciting slate of conversations from: DJ Khaled, Gabrielle Union, Snoop Dogg, Birdman, Jermaine Dupri and more.
Actress Gabrielle Union engaged the audience in a very honest conversation about the need for strong black female leads in Hollywood…and the challenges women of color often face in this process.
Gabrielle says this to women: “Be proud of who you are… and accept the fact that as an ~individual~ you can’t be everything to everyone.”
Union told a story of one of her first jobs going for a Tupac music video, where he immediately upon meeting her… saw more POTENTIAL in her…and asked why she was even there.
Taking it as a sign she left….and to this very day… she still remembers how **grateful** she was for that quick enlightenment…
….. and the rest … .as they say is history!
Being more selective in her choices… eventually made it possible for her “Being Mary Jane” on BET!
Being Mary Jane is returning to the BET network lineup… for another successful season. Members of the cast also made appearances throughout the BETWeekend.
**** #BET is on the BALL!! 🏀***
#Entertainment #Music #Fashion #TV #Film #RealityShows #OriginalProgramming & and even competitive #Sports like #Basketball 🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀 #Yes!
Check out the Top “Dogg” on the court!
…. and a little more fancy footwork!
Roll……. B O U N C E!!!!
****** Take FLIGHT!!! *******
**** Hoops!!! HERE it is!!! ****
Other exciting SATURDAY events for the #BETExperience….at #LALive… included the Celebrity Basketball Game presented by Sprite.
The #Star ⭐️ Line-up included:
Snoop Dogg, Nick Cannon, Floyd Mayweather, Omarion, Wale, The Game, Desiigner, Miles Brown (the sweet boy twin, “Jack”) 😃on #Blackish… and MANY MORE!
and many more competed with each other in the big game.
Beyoncé’s rising music due Chloe x Halle opened the game with a striking rendition of the national anthem while Yo Gotti gave an energetic half time performance.
T.I joined the stage to perform “Whatever You Like” and “Bring Em Out,” while Marsha Ambrosia made an appearance and Common performed “The Light.” The Roots brought the crowd to their feet with a cover of “Hotline Bling,” and a moving tribute to Prince. 💜💜💜💜
Before the broadcast, Jackson said in a statement: “It’s an honor to receive the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the 2016 BET Awards. I’m humbled to be recognized by my peers and to join the company of the exemplary recipients before me.”
Over the years… these distinguished gentlemen who attended college together..formed very strong ties… and a great friendship!
Dressed with highlights of purple… and symbols representing the late great PRINCE… Spike Lee was hyped to present the award to his MOREHOUSE COLLEGE brother.
In his remarks, Samuel L Jackson exclaimed “It’s been a great ride!” He thanked his Aunt Edna... who sat with him during the show.
Jackson said his Aunt Edna from Tennessee….was the first person to put him in costume… and *spark* his interest in performing.
Jackson went on to say he is thankful for his wife LaTonya and his daughter Zoe….for being his foundation, and building him into the man he is today.
Gratitude was also expressed to his agents, managers, accountants and publicists….
Jackson closed by saying: “I want to THANK **EVERYONE** who has ever purchased a video… or a ticket to anything I’ve ever been in.”
Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams was recognized with THE HUMANITARIAN AWARD for using his celebrity platform to shine a light on very important causes… #CivilRights #SocialChange
Williams supports major issues with #BlackLivesMatter movement & sankofa.org
A BET spokesperson said earlier that Jesse Williams is a refreshing NEW face of activism during a time of crisis in this country…. He has proven to be a true pioneer of our generation… and this is why he was chosen to be honored.
Williams was presented his award by BET chairman & CEO, Debra Lee
Other 2016 BET Awards presented include:
Best Group: Drake and Future
Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Drake
Best Male R&B Pop Artist: Bryson Tiller
Best Actor: Michael B. Jordan
Best Actress: Taraji P. Henson
Best New Artist: Best Male R&B Pop: Bryson Tiller
Best Gospel: Kirk Franklin
BET Centric Award: Beyonce
Video of the Year: Beyoncé “Formation”
The Coca-Cola viewers choice award also goes to Beyonce for “Formation”
Best Sportswoman of the year: Serena Williams
Best Movie: Straight Outta Compton
Best International: Black Coffee
Heard on the Street —–>Fans Favorite BET AWARDS MOMENTS:
✨ Beyonce show opening!✨
+ appearance by Kendrick Lamar
That performance was on Fire…(((You hear me…🔥”Fi-yah!”)))
I’ve said it BEFORE… and I’ll say it again: ” BEYONCE ” is the ULTIMATE performer! Every aspect of ALL her performances are TIGHT!!!!
✨✨Hail to “Queen 🐝”B”✨✨
Jesse Williams passionate acceptance speech
💜💜 Prince Tributes: 💜💜
💜 Jennifer Hudson
💜 Stevie Wonder
💜 The Roots
💜 Janelle Monae
💜 Sheila “E”
“Muhammad Ali Tribute” featuring daughter–Laila Ali
What can I say: Tracee Ellis Ross.. You and Anthony Anderson are so much FUN to watch! Your banter and quirky interactions are delightful! 😉
I haven’t seen the Broadway sensation “Hamilton” – yet- but I sure did get a kick out of your opening bit for the show!
Great job once again this year!
Always a pleasure to see your groovy chemistry on #Black-“ish” … that being said… I am Fin-“ished” writing this Blog Post. 🖊
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