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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."
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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.
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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)
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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.
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June 29, 2013 | By August Brown
For all the early-day snafus of the inaugural BET Experience at L.A. Live (long lines, confusing ticket pickup, insufficient altar space outside the Beyonce show to lay alms at the feet of Blue Ivy), there was one big-picture thing it got very right. It re-imagined what L.A. live is capable of as a music complex. As a resident downtowner edginess-snob, we usually only venture into those Olympic/Figueroa ESPNZone badlands on assignment, or to get a mojito at Hotel Figueroa. But ever since its 2007 opening, there's been at least three pop major music venues and a giant outdoor pavilion right on downtown L.A.'s major arteries.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2011
BET executive Stephen Hill is taking responsibility for the Chris Brown-Rihanna snafu that shook up the BET Awards Sunday. A contest winner announced the recipient of the Coca-Cola Viewers Choice award from results on her tablet computer. She first said that Brown had won, then corrected herself and said Rihanna was the winner. At the end of the ceremony, host Kevin Hart brought out Brown to tell him he was actually the winner of the trophy. Hill, president of music programming and specials for BET, tweeted Monday "That BET Awards Viewer's Choice mix-up was due to human error.
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July 2, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Times Pop Music Critic
In the search for great pop music that catches a glimpse of the future, Chris Brown's new album, "Fortune," is planted firmly in the here and now. A defiant, brash, glistening recording filled with state-of-the-art sounds and of-the-moment producers and songwriters, the album, while fresh in July 2012, feels stamped with a "use by" date. This is due mostly to Brown's reflex of curbing his creative impulses at nearly every turn, with a few killer exceptions, and showing a conservatism unbecoming such a self-styled renegade.
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