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June 26, 2006 | Geoff Boucher
Remember Kanye West's infamous line about President Bush and black people? Damon Wayans has a similar take on another constituency. "Black people don't care about the Grammys," the comic and actor said. "Not at all. We really don't watch the Grammys." Uh, seriously? "Yes, I am serious. For us, we don't really care if Garth Brooks or whoever wins for cowboy of the year and all that. The show is boring."
June 26, 2008 | Jeff Weiss, Special to The Times
Watching Al Green sing live should be on any list of "Things to Do Before You Die." So it was understandable that at the rehearsals the day before Tuesday night's BET Awards, pre-show buzz revolved not around much-anticipated performances from ballyhooed superstars like Lil Wayne, Usher, Kanye West and Rihanna, but rather on the 62-year old soul legend, whose creative prime was once thought to have ended with Watergate. Indeed, on Tuesday afternoon, the Shrine Auditorium lived up to its name, with Green and the Lifetime Achievement Award he was set to receive the next night, dominating dialogue between performers and producers.
June 29, 2013 | By August Brown
In a parking lot across the street from the L.A. Live complex in downtown L.A. on Saturday afternoon, the temperature outside the BET Experience matched the star wattage of the weekend's performances. "I feel like my shoes are sticking to the asphalt," said Drew Gordon, a 22-year-old music fan from San Jose who came to L.A. for the festival. "But you don't see something like this often. This is a really good way to get people to step out of what they're used to. " That goes for BET as well.
August 17, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
EXCLUSIVE: The English-language remake of Chan-wook Park's cult favorite "Oldboy"already had some big-time names, what with Spike Lee directing and Josh Brolin in the lead role. Now the revenge drama is getting two more notables: Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Hornsby. Jackson has come on board for a small but critical part in the new film, according to a person close to the production who was not authorized to talk about it publicly. The actor will play the man who is being tortured by the hero (Brolin)
June 21, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times
For nearly two decades the Essence Music Festival has been the premiere destination for black music fans from around the country. Now, BET is hoping to change that. The Black Entertainment Television network has built a formidable competitor to Essence's event by transforming its own annual award spectacle into a three-day destination festival in Los Angeles. The BET Experience will kick off June 28 and feature concerts by headliners Beyoncé, Snoop Dogg, Miguel and R. Kelly as well as wellness seminars, celebrity panels, a film festival and, yes, an awards show telecast on June 30. All combined, the event will attract more than 100,000 people to the city, according to the network.
June 28, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Last year BET tagged its annual awards spectacle as "Too big to miss" - a phrase the network should have held for this year. Sure, the historically unpredictable ceremony will feature dazzling performances - Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey are among the acts on the bill - and dole out trophies to musicians, actors, athletes and philanthropists. But the awards are just a footnote of what BET has in store. This year the Black Entertainment Television network has transformed the show into a three-day destination festival in Los Angeles that kicks off Friday.
June 16, 2010
Statuesque blond model Michaele Salahi and her husband, Tareq, will be part of the Bravo series "The Real Housewives of D.C." when it launches Aug. 5, but not because they allegedly gate-crashed the White House. The couple, finally confirmed as part of the cast, was already embedded in the series well before showing up at a state dinner last year, Bravo executives said Tuesday. (The Salahis contend they were invited; state and federal investigations have yet to put their stamp on that explanation or issue any reprisals.
April 9, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Four members of the Los Angeles City Council have agreed to pay a combined $13,300 in fines for taking free tickets to Hollywood award shows and dinners over the last four years, according to agreements reached with the city's Ethics Commission. In separate deals, Councilmen Tony Cardenas, Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar and Herb Wesson will admit they violated a city law that prohibits them from accepting gifts of more than $100 a year from individuals and groups that have business before the city.
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