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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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