Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Wyclef Jean, Danny Glover, Kerry Washington, Vivica A. Fox and Hill Harper Will Pay Tribute to African American Luminaries at 'THE BET HONORS' on Saturday, January 12
Hosted by Cedric 'The Entertainer,' the Inaugural Event Will Recognize
Alicia Keys, Tyra Banks, Dr. Cornel West, Richard Parsons, the Honorable
Maxine Waters and CEO Janice Bryant Howroyd, and Premiere on the Network
Friday, February 22 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT
NEW YORK, Jan. 7 -- Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Erykah
Badu, Jill Scott, Wyclef Jean, Danny Glover, Kerry Washington, Vivica A.
Fox and Hill Harper will pay tribute to Alicia Keys (Entertainment Award),
Tyra Banks (Media Award), Dr. Cornel West, University Professor in the
Center for African American Studies (Award for Education), Richard Parsons
(Corporate Citizen Award), The Honorable Maxine Waters (Public Service
Award) and CEO Janice Bryant Howroyd (Entrepreneur Award) at THE BET HONORS
on Saturday, January 12 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. Hosted by
Cedric "The Entertainer," THE BET HONORS, which celebrates the lives and
achievements of African American luminaries, will premiere on the network
during Black History Month on Friday, February 22 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
"We are thrilled to present the first-ever BET HONORS and pay tribute
to the thinkers, trailblazers and trendsetters whose accomplishments serve
as inspirations for current and future generations," said Debra Lee,
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BET Networks. "Each of these
remarkable individuals has made significant contributions to the Black
community and American culture overall, and BET Networks is proud to
recognize them through this very special, new tentpole event. We've done a
number of significant shows in other cities, but what better place to honor
these individuals than in our home city of Washington, D.C."
Stephen Hill, BET's EVP, Entertainment Programming, Music & Talent and
Lynne Harris Taylor, VP of Specials are the show's executive producers,
along with John Cossette of John Cossette Productions.
About the Honorees
TYRA BANKS -- Tyra Banks is a supermodel, host and judge of the reality
television show America's Next Top Model, and is currently hosting her own
Daytime Emmy Award-nominated talk show, The Tyra Banks Show.
JANICE BRYANT HOWROYD -- Janice Bryant Howroyd is the chairman, chief
executive officer and founder of ACT*1, a personnel servicing company that
provides staffing, human resources and management solutions to Fortune 500
companies in many industries.
ALICIA KEYS -- Alicia Keys is a nine-time Grammy Award-winning R&B and
soul singer, songwriter and pianist, who has sold more than 25 million
RICHARD PARSONS -- Richard Parsons is Chairman of the Board of Time
Warner Inc., whose businesses include filmed entertainment, interactive
services, television networks, cable systems and publishing.
THE HONORABLE MAXINE WATERS -- Maxine Waters (D-CA) was elected in
November 2006 to her ninth term in the House of Representatives, serving
the 35th District of California, which represents a large part of South
Central Los Angeles, the communities of Westchester and Playa Del Ray, as
well as the diverse cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood and Lawndale.
DR. CORNEL WEST, UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR IN THE CENTER FOR AFRICAN
AMERICAN STUDIES -- Dr. Cornel West is a professor of religion and African
American studies at Princeton University, and is considered one of
America's most gifted, provocative and important public intellectuals. He
has won numerous awards, including the American Book Award, and has
received more than 20 honorary degrees.
About BET Networks
BET Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the
nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public
affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The
primary BET channel reaches more than 87 million households according to
Nielsen Media Research, and can be seen in the U.S., Canada and the
Caribbean. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a
diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading internet
destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET Digital
Networks -- BET J, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for
cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Event Productions, a full-scale
event management and production company; BET Home Entertainment, a
collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs
and video-on-demand; BET Mobile, a service venture into the lucrative world
of ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET
International, an extension of BET network programming for global
SOURCE BET Networks