The Line-up Includes New Unscripted Series from NFL Star DeSean Jackson, a Hilarious “PUNK’D” Reboot, BET News Specials on Muhammad Ali and Hurricane Katrina: 10 Years Later and the Network’s First Live Boxing Event in Partnership with Roc Nation Featuring Andre Ward vs. Paul Smith
*BET Networks is burning up television screens this summer with the rollout of its Summer 2015 programming slate, including hot new original series, returning hits, mind-blowing mega-specials, fun original movies, star-studded live events, and in-depth news specials. On the heels of a successful spring programming season, BET Networks keeps the momentum going with over 16 program premieres planned throughout the summer, as the network continues its reign as the #1 network for African American households. BET is bringing the heat as its diverse slate is set to capture viewers’ attention, while reflecting and celebrating the lives of African American adults.
Whether you want to turn all the way up or sip tea in the shade, BET has a show for every occasion. First up, audiences can bask in the glory of returning hit series, including the hilarious antics of Kevin Hart and the “REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD;” a first-time “SUNDAY BEST ALL STARS,” which will give former fan favorite contestants a chance at redemption; and the can’t-miss bittersweet final season of “THE GAME.” Also returning for its fourth season is Centric’s docu-series “BEING,” featuring some of today’s biggest artists and names.
Then BET turns up the volume on reality, with the premieres of “DESEAN JACKSON: HOME TEAM” [WT], which follows the NFL superstar as he navigates fame and family; and a BET-branded reboot of popular prank series, “PUNK’D.” The real-life stakes remain high with the returns of “NELLYVILLE,” which will give viewers a front row seat to Nelly’s recent headline-making drama; and “FRANKIE & NEFFE,” an intimate glimpse into the complex lives of Keyshia Coles’ mother and sisters.
BET keeps the party going with its star-studded tentpole and mega-special events. In partnership with Roc Nation Sports, BET presents its first LIVE boxing event, “ANDRE WARD vs. PAUL SMITH.” And this year, BET is pulling out all the stops as it celebrates the 15th anniversary of the “BET AWARDS,” promising the biggest celebrities in music, film, sports and philanthropy. Plus, fans are invited to the 3rd annual BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, a four-day festival leading up to the big night.
BET News is also making a splash this summer with a special tribute to boxing champ and icon, “MUHAMMAD ALI,” as well as an in-depth exploration of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in “HURRICANE KATRINA: 10 YEARS LATER.”
Finally, BET brings two big original movies to the small screen. First up, Regina King directs “LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN,” starring Naturi Naughton as a wayward preacher’s daughter struggling to get her life back on track. Then hip-hop prince, Diggy Simmons, stars in “THE START UP,” which chronicles the captivating lives of young digital entrepreneurs as they navigate fame and adulthood.
From sports to music, sitcoms to movies, you can bet on BET to have this summer’s hottest hits. See the full BET Networks’ Summer 2015 programming slate below.
BET NETWORKS’ SUMMER 2015 PROGRAMMING SLATE
HOT NEW SERIES ON BET
- “DESEAN JACKSON: HOME TEAM” [WT] Washington Redskins’ wide receiver DeSean Jackson is literally at the top of his game as one of the most talked about and watched players in the NFL today. While being watched is a great thing, it means eyes are always on him– waiting for him to score touchdowns and waiting for him to drop the ball off the field. Even though he has the money and the fame, DeSean depends on the guidance of a core group of women including his “momager” Gayle, his sister and assistant A’Dreea, his publicist and his new girlfriend, Kayla. Produced by Rogue Atlas Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. Eli Frankel, Ryan Holcomb, Elise Duran, DeSean Jackson and Byron Jackson serve as Executive Producers. Jay Fragus and Lawrence Bell serve as Co-Executive Producers “DESEAN JACKSON: HOME TEAM” [WT] premieres Tuesday, June 30, at 10pm ET/PT on BET.
A reboot of the popular hidden camera series tailored for the BET audience. For the first time, audiences will be taken behind the scenes as the pranks are conceptualized and carried through. Stakes are high as our viewers follow the ticking clock on the journey of pranking their favorite celebrities. “PUNK’D” hails from Executive Producer Jason Goldberg, and is produced by Katalyst Media. “PUNK’D” debuts on August, 18th at 10:30pm.
RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES ON BET & CENTRIC
- “BEING” (on CENTRIC)
“BEING” is a one-hour documentary series that highlights the careers of seminal soul and vintage hip hop artists. “BEING” is inspirational, not tragic. Often beating the odds and rising from tough environments, these personalities have compelling and unknown stories that we know will inspire our audience. Throughout each episode we get to hear what it’s like “BEING” them at different points in their career and life. The new season of BEING premieres Saturday, June 6, at 10 P.M. ET/PT on Centric.
- “THE GAME” **FINAL SEASON**
Season 9 of “THE GAME” continues to explore the world of the San Diego Sabers through the eyes of its beloved characters, while bringing back some fan favorites to stir up the drama. Stars Coby Bell, Brandy Norwood, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Hosea Chanchez, Lauren London, Jay Ellis, Barry Floyd and Brittany Daniel. Executive Producers Mara Brock Akil, Salim Akil, Kenny Smith, Hale Rothstein and Jennifer Genzuk-Rice. Co-Executive Producer Claire Brown. Season 9 of “THE GAME” kicks off Wednesday, June 3, at 10pm ET/PT; The 90-minute Series finale airs July 29 at a special 9 P.M. ET/PT timeslot on BET.
- “FRANKIE & NEFFE”
“FRANKIE & NEFFE” picks up where “KEYSHIA COLE: ALL IN” left off, as viewers will get a deeper glimpse into the complex lives of Keyshia’s mother, Frankie, and 2 sisters, Neffe and Elite. While Neffe and Elite are determined to launch successful careers, they continue to struggle with Frankie, as her instability is a constant source of friction with her daughters. The family ties are inescapable, but Frankie, Neffe, and Elite are also three individual women at different stages of life. Whether they enter laughing or come out swinging, these funny, raw, unforgettable women fascinate us, and keep us rooting for their success. Keyshia Cole also makes guest appearances. Executive Producers: Susan Baronoff, Kenn Michael, Manny Halley and Keyshia Cole. “FRANKIE & NEFFE” premieres Wednesday, June 3, at 10:30 P.M. ET/PT on BET.
BET’s hit reality series, “NELLYVILLE,” continues its first season with 12 new episodes this summer giving viewers a front row seat to all of the unfolding drama. “NELLYVILLE” is a one-hour docu-series following Nelly as he navigates his busy career as a hip-hop icon, successful entrepreneur, and loving father to his two biological children (daughter “Nana” and son “Tre”) and his deceased sister’s two children (nephew “Lil Shawn” and niece “Stink”) – all while nurturing a friendship with Shantel “Miss” Jackson. Produced by Entertainment One and from Executive Producers John Morayniss, Tara Long and David Shaye for eOne; Howie Miller; Shanta Conic; Kim McKoy and Nelly and Co-Executive Producer J Erving. Supersized season 1 of “NELLYVIILLE” continues Tuesday, June 30, at 9pm ET/PT on BET.
- “SUNDAY BEST ALL STARS”
Season eight of BET’s hit gospel competition show, “SUNDAY BEST,” returns with a special all-star edition featuring voter-picked contestants from the last seven seasons. “SUNDAY BEST ALL STARS” not only sees the return of the series’ most memorable contestants, but also its legendary host and superstar judges. Executive Producer Kirk Franklin is back to host the supersized season along with judges Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams and Kierra Sheard. Kim Burrell returns as mentor. The chosen “SUNDAY BEST ALL STARS” will compete for a cash prize, recording contract with Franklin’s record label, Fo Yo Soul Recordings, and a second chance for the coveted Sunday Best crown. The excitement doesn’t end there, this season the “SUNDAY BEST ALL STARS” will crown the new winner in a LIVE finale on Sunday, August 30. “SUNDAY BEST ALL STARS” will run for seven consecutive weeks and is executive produced by Marilyn Gill, Kirk Franklin, Brian Gadinsky, and Arnold Preston. “SUNDAY BEST ALL STARS” premieres Sunday, July 19 at 8 PM ET/PT on BET.
- “REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD”
The fakest reality show ever is a real-life runaway smash. Led by comic genius Kevin Hart with an all-star cast (Nelly, Nick Cannon, Duane Martin, Dondre Whitfield and Cynthia McWilliams), Season 4 will provide more appointment television full of new rivalries, special guest stars and laugh-out-loud cliffhangers. From Executive Producers Kevin Hart, Stan Lathan, Ralph Farquhar, Jesse Collins, Chris Spencer and Dave Becky. Season 4 of “REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD” premieres Tuesday, August 18, at 10pm ET/PT on BET.
TENTPOLES & MEGA-SPECIALS ON BET
- ROC NATION LIVE BOXING – Andre Ward vs. Paul Smith
BET Networks steps into the ring with RocNation Sports as their exclusive broadcast partner to air live boxing events. The new partnership’s first main event fight to air on BET Networks will feature WBA Super Middleweight World Champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KO’s) facing former World Title Challenger Paul Smith (35-5, 20 KO’s) of England. The 12 round bout, presented by Roc Nation Sports and in association with Matchroom Sport, takes place at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Ward vs. Smith will be televised LIVE Saturday, June 20, at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT on BET Networks, and streamed globally on TIDAL.com.
- BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE
For the third year, BET is rolling out the red carpet in a big way during the BET Awards weekend. The BET Experience at L.A. Live will bring together thousands of music lovers for a four-day, jam-packed entertainment fest that will feature some of the world’s best music performers. There will also be a FREE Fan Fest, featuring the BET and Centric pavilions, Celebrity Basketball Game, comedy, seminars and the hottest industry parties. It’s a weekend you don’t want to miss! Visit BET.com/bet-experience for tickets and details. The BET Experience runs June 25 through June 27 at L.A. LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles.
- “BET AWARDS 2015”
Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the “BET AWARDS” franchise is the #1 program in cable television history among the Black audience, and is still a top 10 awards show on television (Broadcast & Cable) among total viewers. It continues to hold the leadership position because it gathers the biggest stars in music, sports, Hollywood, and philanthropy all on one stage for one incredible night. “BET AWARDS 2015” airs LIVE Sunday, June 28, on BET.
IN-DEPTH BET NEWS SPECIALS
- “MUHAMMAD ALI”
A biographical tribute to the former heavyweight champion, this news special will connect his boxing prowess as well as his social media activism to the millennial audience to reveal Ali’s meaning in the world today. Known as “The Greatest” and “The People’s Champion,” Ali remains a global icon. From Creative Control and Executive Producers Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah. BET News’ “MUHAMMAD ALI” tribute premieres in August.
- “BET’S BEST MOMENTS”
Relive your favorite moments from BET’s historic archives over 5 episodes. “BET’s BEST MOMENTS” premieres Wednesday, August 5th, at 10 P.M. ET/PT on BET.
- “HURRICANE KATRINA: 10 YEARS LATER”
On the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we will take a look back at the devastating effects of the storm as well as the current conditions of residents of the 9th Ward and neighborhoods most affected by the flooding. The water has receded but what’s left in its wake. “HURRICANE KATRINA: 10 YEARS LATER” premieres in August.
NEW ORIGINAL MOVIES ON BET
- LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN
Twenty-one-year-old Rachel Jackson (Naturi Naughton) is a wayward preacher’s kid who is struggling to pull her life together. With a six-year-old son out of wedlock and a high school diploma, Rachel’s mission in life is to marry her son’s father in order to become a traditional and respectable family and regain her father’s respect. LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN is a powerful journey through one family’s trials and tribulations and a remarkable story of reconciliation and love. Based on the best-selling novel by Reshonda Tate Billingsley, this two hour movie of the week will be a BET Premiere Cinema event starring Steve Harris, Naturi Naughton, Lela Rochon, Hosea Chanchez and Collins Curtis Pennie. Produced by Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Shelby Stone, Roger Bobb and Regina King, who is also making her theatrical directorial debut. Executive Produced by Regina King. LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN is a BET Networks, Royal Ties and Flavor Unit Production. LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN premieres in August.
- THE START UP
In THE START UP film, hip-hop prince Diggy Simmons stars as Blake Monroe, founder of TheJetsetters.com, an entertainment and lifestyle blog. THE START UP hones in on what it means to be young, gifted and digital, as Blake and his friends strategize for fame and financing while they navigate the freedoms and pressures of adulthood. Also starring Teyana Taylor, Bria Murphy, Allen Maldonado, Chris Brew, and Stephanie Charles. From Executive Producers Mara Brock Akil, Salim Akil, Kenya Barris, James DuBose and Laurie Dobbins. THE START UP premieres in September.
source: Business Wire
Ways to Get Personalized Number Plates in 2020
*Subsequent to burning through hundreds or even thousands on an individual enlistment number, numerous individuals seldom feel that if the actual number plates in their vehicle were rectified, their pride and joy would not go down so quick. ۔ The plates in the past number were penetrated and fixed to the vehicle with self-tapping screws, with the coming of plastic guards and twofold sided tape plates, they are currently typically stuck in the vehicle. There are favorable circumstances and drawbacks to the two techniques which will be examined.
Boring the plates and fixing them with screws requires great solid climbing however some of the time the screw head can change the state of the enlistment number on the off chance that they go down close or in any number, water can likewise go into the openings and time Just as isolating intelligent and acrylic, destroying the number plate. Here you can find glorious personalized number plates at CarReg Personalised Number Plates Providers.
Individual number plates
With regards to picking an individual number plate, there are 1000 words to look over. The majority of us pick enrollment numbers which implies something to us. In any case, we likewise anticipate the cost of the favored number plate to increment. Furthermore, frequently we are astounded that it didn’t ascend as high as we suspected.
Things being what they are, the reason do a few (apparently comparative) individual number plates outnumber others? Picking cautiously can have a significant effect.
Here are hints when personalising an individual number plate:
Purchase your preferred best number plate
In the event that you are purchasing a private enrollment number with a speculation center, this is significant. Except if you have a deal, odds are it’s a valid justification if it’s modest. There are many coordinating number plates available or very few likely purchasers … or on the other hand both! This could mean a log jam in deals.
Purchase low digits
Regardless of whether purchasing a prefix number plate, an additional number plate, or an obsolete number plate, pick low digits. The numbers are similarly acceptable. On the off chance that your financial plan permits just 3 digits or more, pick a number that has more tasteful allure. For example, 777, 100, or 101 are. Numbers like 18, 21, 30, and 40 have some allure since they speak to significant birthday celebrations. Try not to pick 27 since it is your date of birth.
Purchase the underlying number plate
On the off chance that you are purchasing a prefix number plate, purchase as near the letter An as could be expected under the circumstances. There are a few exemptions for this standard, for example, ‘H1’ which speaks to ‘Greetings’ or ‘X5’ which shows the BMW model. Other well known choices are X11 or X111 as they can be seen as Roman numerals. Try not to pick 27 since it’s your birthday. All things considered, in the event that one picks a number or 11 numbers, they are accessible.
Prior to deciding
Looking at the numerous individual number plates on your site prior to deciding. Analyze number plate costs, as they can differ fundamentally. It will help you with regards to your great worth.
Limit the squint factor (TM) Boost quality
In the event that you intend to make a name or word, attempt to ensure you are not depending on deliberately positioned fixes or tapes. It’s not cool, and it’s not lawful. Likewise do whatever it takes not to depend on such a large number of letters rather than numbers. For instance, the G88 lean towards the OLF B160 LFX (where 6 and 0 assistance structure the word ‘GOLF’). In the subsequent model, the letter and the number remain, and the objective word is lost in the center.
27 More Black Ex-Franchisees Join Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against McDonald’s
*MIAMI – Twenty-seven new plaintiffs, all former Black McDonald’s franchisees, joined an ongoing federal lawsuit against the fast-food chain claiming the company engaged in systemic discrimination and denied them the same opportunities as White franchisees.
The new amended complaint now has 77 named plaintiffs in the lawsuit originally filed by 52 Black former franchisees on Sept. 1, 2020.
The claims now include nearly 300 stores with compensatory damages that average between
$4 million and $5 million per store, exclusive of punitive damages.
The plaintiffs allege McDonald’s sold itself as a recruiter and developer of Black talent, profited from its Black consumer base and maintained a two-tier system that pigeonholed unsuspecting Black owners and assigned them horrible locations guaranteed to fail.
This suit comes on the heels of a federal class action lawsuit filed October 29 by current Black franchisees.
“McDonald’s is now fighting a four-front legal war. They are being sued by current and former Black operators, Black employees and senior executives,” said James L. Ferraro, the lead attorney for both the current and former franchisee lawsuits. “As the pool of plaintiffs grow, there will be more pressure on the company to dispense with the public relations ploys and focus on how it can help its Black employees and franchisees.”
At the same time there are calls for state pension funds to drop McDonald’s stock. States like New York, California, Ohio and Florida have massive investments in McDonald’s. In Tennessee, Rep. Joe Towns has requested Treasurer David H. Lillard to divest the state’s holdings and reallocate the money toward companies “practicing good corporate citizenship.”
Ferraro said all these challenges are coming together because the company has turned a blind eye to obvious racial problems while promoting its public image.
McDonald’s once boasted a high of 377 Black franchisees in 1998. That number now stands at 186 even though McDonald’s has increased its stores from 15,086 to 36,059. The cash flow gap for Black franchisees more than tripled from 2010 to 2019, per National Black McDonald’s
Operators Association (“NBMOA”) data.
Plaintiffs’ average annual sales of $2 million was more than $700,000 under McDonald’s national average of $2.7 million between 2011 and 2016 and $900,000 under the national average of $2.9 million in 2019.
The lawsuit claims McDonald’s was ruthless in steering Black operators toward the oldest, most decrepit stores in the toughest neighborhoods routinely rejected by Whites franchisees. This severely limited opportunities for expansion and growth, and far too often set in place a chain of events – low cash flow, decreased equity, debt and bankruptcy – that led to financial ruin.
The plaintiffs argue McDonald’s violated federal civil rights laws by:
- Excluding Black franchisees from the same growth opportunities found at safer, higher- volume, lower-cost stores offered to Whites.
- Retaliating against Black franchisees for rejecting strong-arm offers to continue operations in crime-ridden
- Denying Black franchisees meaningful assistance during financial hardships while White franchisees were routinely given such
- Failing to provide any legitimate business reasons for repeated denials of franchise opportunities over many
- Unfairly grading the operations of Black restaurants, which resulted in poor internal reviews, effectively pushing Black franchisees out of the McDonald’s system by denying them the eligibility for growth and favorable franchise
- Providing misleading projections which induced Black franchisees to purchase undesirable franchises.
The amended complaint was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division. To download the complaint, click here.
Black Billionaire (Robert Smith) Has to Pay Back $140M After Admitting to Tax Evasion / VIDEO
*Robert Smith, the richest Black person in America, will have to give a hefty amount of his wealth back to the IRS.
According to reports, the amount is almost $140 million based on tax evasion tactics that Smith has admitted to using after he was exposed following a four-year U.S. tax investigation by The Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Services. Smith, 57, has been cooperative with the two powerful government agencies.
Forbes magazine recently published on its online platform that Smith avoided prosecution because he agreed to cooperate in a case against Houston businessman Robert Brockman, who has been accused of using a number of entities in the Caribbean to hide $2 billion in income.
For his own part, Smith is not running away from the wrongdoing of evading taxes. He said over a three-year period, he failed to file accurate reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, known as FBARs.
Smith , who is CEO of the private equity firm Vista Equity Partners based in Texas, has been called a brilliant businessman, chemical engineer, and investor. His net worth has been estimated at $7 billion.
For the most part, Smith has been flying under the radar because his name was not a household name, per se. Yet, he was picked up by public radar in 2019, when he gave the commencement speech at Morehouse College in Atlanta. During the speech, he shocked all in attendance, especially the college’s graduating class, when he promised to pay off each graduate’s student loan debt. It was estimated to total $34 million.
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