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Performances: 2016 BET Awards

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The Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles is playing host to the 2016 BET Awards’ right now!

Boasting live showings from the likes of Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Maxwell, Usher, Future, and an all-star tribute to pop icon Prince courtesy of Maxwell, Stevie Wonder, Janelle Monae, and many more, tuck in below to relive all of the magic from tonight’s showing.

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Watch: Jesse Williams’ Stirring #BlackLivesMatter Speech at 2016 #BETAwards

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If you were NOT moved by Jesse Williams AWESOME speech at the #BETAwards, YOU are part of the PROBLEM!’ – Yolanda Adams

The tweeted quote above seemed to sum up the sentiment of many-a-viewer of the tonight’s BET Awards after ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star, Jesse Williams, took to the stage to accept the ‘Humanitarian of the Year’ award.

In what came as an unexpected, yet much needed address of the U.S.’s ongoing problems with racial tension, Williams sought to redirect attention from himself and lend a lens to the ever-present #BlackLivesMatter movement.  Stirring up some major ‘amens’ from the audience and social media alike, get into his jaw-dropping 5 minute speech below:

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Performances: BET’s ‘Black Girls Rock’ 2016 *Updated*

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Tonight marked the return of BET’s highly anticipated ode to women of color ‘Black Girls Rock.’

Much like its ‘BET Honors’ counterpart, the event enlists some of music’s best and brightest performers to serenade and shine light on women of color who have made impacts on and in their respective personal and professional communities.

Airing moments ago, the Tracee Ellis Ross hosted showing honored R&B legend Gladys Knight, Grammy-winning hitmaker Rihanna, and so many more.

Tuck in below to see the highlights from one of entertainment’s biggest nights:

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AJ & Free Confirm ‘106 & Park’ Reboot Was “April Fool’s Joke” #ICYMI

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Yesterday, AJ Calloway –  original host of BET’s defunct daily video countdown show ‘106 & Park’took to Instagram to stir up frenzied hype around news the show was due to return for a spinoff.

Even tapping Kelly Rowland to get in on the action, Calloway served up an oddly timed announcement (as yesterday was ‘April Fools’ Day) to share reports around the show’s reboot which, according to him, would also feature a reunion with the show’s other original host – Free.

Well, as the age old adage goes:  “things are often as they seem.”

For, while there were some who rejoiced at the news, many of the TV personality’s followers immediately clocked the announcement was a very poor ‘April Fools’ joke…and they were right:

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BET To Reboot ‘106 & Park’ With AJ & Free

AJ Calloway Taps Kelly Rowland To Make Announcement

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Fall 2014 saw fans bid farewell to BET’s hit video countdown show ‘106 & Park’ after 14 years on the air.

Since then, there have been murmurs of a replacement show, but nothing has come to fruition…until now. Sending his followers into a frenzy, original show host Aj Calloway took to Instagram to let fans in on news the show is coming back – with himself and his cohort Free as the hosts!

Let’s hope this isn’t a bad April Fools’ joke:

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Taraji P. Henson To Host BET ‘Celebration of Gospel’ Reboot

Once plagued with rumors of cancellation, gospel fans rejoiced at news that BET’s annual televised praise-fest, ‘Celebration of Gospel,’ is not only alive and well, but will see Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson reprise her role as hostess…

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Report: BET To Revive Celebrity Prank Show ‘Punk’d’

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BET is on a roll!

After thrilling with news that their next year’s programming lineup will feature shows starring Grammy winners Kelly Rowland and Brandy, now fans will have even more to look forward to as reports indicate the #1 Urban network is set to revive MTV’s hit series ‘Punk’d.’

Skyrocketing to fame upon its early 2000s debut, the celebrity prank show listed everyone from Brandy and Kelly Rowland to Beyonce, Britney Spears, and Justin Timberlake among its victims.  Now, as newly surfaced reports show, they and today’s top crop of stars are once again targets at risk…of getting Punkd!

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