BET and Centric TV channels pay tribute to African-American experience

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BET and Centric pay tribute to the richness and diversity of the African-American experience with a line-up of dynamic programming during Black History Month.

BET HONORS recognize the achievements of Maya Angelou, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Spike Lee, Beverly Kearney and The Tuskegee Airmen.
BET will premiere new episodes of hit series “the Game” and “let’s stay together”.

BET delves into the 84th Academy Awards with its First Oscar Special “Bet takes Hollywood”.

BET's Black History Month lineup will encompass an array of culturally dynamic films, original series and specials including: the fifth annual Bet Honors; the Network movie premiere of The Express (Rob Brown, Charles Dutton), Dreamgirls (Jamie Foxx, Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson), Ali (Will Smith), John Q (Denzel Washington, Kimberly Elise) and 35 & Ticking (Nicole Ari Parker, Kevin Hart); and the BET News special “Soul Mates: Dr. Maya Angelou and Common”.

Additionally, BET will premiere brand-new episodes of hit series “the Game” and “let’s stay together” as well as its first Oscar special, “Bet takes Hollywood”.

On Centric—BET’s adult-focused channel—programming will include: Be Inspired: The Life of Heavy D, a documentary chronicling the life of Dwight "Heavy D" Myers; Hip Hop: A Culture Odyssey, a documentary tracing the origins, evolution and spirit of hip hop; the Network movie premiere of Soul Power (James Brown) and Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters (Diahann Carroll, Ruby Dee); and, concert specials from award-winning musicians R. Kelly and Mary J. Blige.
Centric is a 24-hour music and entertainment channel that reflects the lifestyle and sophistication of today's African-American and multicultural adult viewer.  

Hosted by actress Gabrielle Union, this year's Bet Honors show recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding African-Americans by honoring renowned author/poet Maya Angelou (Literary Arts), internationally acclaimed musician Stevie Wonder (Musical Arts), Grammy Award-winning songstress Mariah Carey (Entertainer), influential filmmaker Spike Lee (Media), the heroic Tuskegee Airmen (Service) and inspirational coach/mentor Beverly Kearney (Education).

The show's star-studded lineup includes performances by Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Rowland, Queen Latifah, Willow Smith, Jill Scott, Ledisi, Cicely Tyson, Raekwon, Common, and BET Music Matters artist Luke James with appearances and participation by First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Willow Smith, Jill Scott, India.Arie and John Singleton.

The Black History Month celebration continues on BET Networks' digital platforms. Viewers can log on to BET.com and CentricTV.com to find out the top black films of all time chosen by a select group of celebrities, photo flipbooks,  and a video tribute to TLC's debut album 20 years after its release featuring exclusive interviews. BET also explores the top 20 jazz greats you need to know and the history of African-Americans and the Oscars.

During the month of February, BET.com's 106 & PARK dedicated page will post videos of Black History facts featuring Estelle, 106 & PARK hosts Terrence J & Rocsi, the cast of BET's hit series Let's Stay Together and many more.