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Juice! Ex-BET CEO Debra Lee Exposes Affair with Founder Bob Johnson | WATCH

Debra Lee & Bob Johnson (Getty)

*Lookaheah, lookaheah! Debra Lee, the woman who used to run BET has written a new memoir called “I Am Debra Lee” that not only reflects on her life, but she’s naming names, too! Specifically, in “I Am Debra Lee,” which releases today (03-07-23), the former CEO of BET included a new revelation that she was […]

Debbie Allen and Debra Lee Among BLACK ENTERPRISE Women of Power Honorees

*NEW YORK — BLACK ENTERPRISE will present its highest honor in recognition of the achievements of black women when it presents the Women of Power Legacy Awards at the 2020 Women of Power Summit on March 5, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Women of Power Summit is the nation’s No. 1 executive development and leadership […]

The HistoryMakers Honor Former BET CEO (Debra Lee) At Santa Monica College

*Chicago, Illinois  – On Friday, October 11, 2019, The HistoryMakers – the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive – showcased the life and career of BET Networks Chairman and CEO Emeritus Debra Lee, one the nation’s top women in media and entertainment. An Evening With Debra Lee was taped in front of a […]

Common, Andra Day, Jimmy Jam, Debra Lee Part of Recording Academy’s New Diversity Task Force

[videowaywire video_id=”54543B725C1544F5″] *Recording Academy on Wednesday announced its new 16-Member Task Force designed to take on issues of diversity and inclusion, with members ranging from several Grammy winners and network CEOs to executives at several major label groups. Led by Tina Tchen, the former chief of staff to former First Lady Michelle Obama, the task […]

BET Orders ‘Boomerang’ Reboot Among 3 Scripted Orders Mandated by New President

[videowaywire video_id=”1E6D049A8570F21D”] *With new BET president Scott Mills taking over day-to-day business for Debra Lee, the network has followed his ordered boost of scripted programming with three new straight-to-series orders, including a half-hour comedic reboot of Eddie Murphy’s 1992 film “Boomerang.” A writer and producing team has yet been determined, according to The Hollywood Reporter. […]

Debra Lee Steps Down as BET President; Replaced by Scott Mills

[videowaywire video_id=”8BXHJQ266MRRVKCQ”] *You can scratch Debra Lee as president of BET Networks as of the beginning of the new year. Lee says she’s done (in that capacity) and will be transferring oversight of daily operations to Scott Mills, who’s currently an executive vice president and chief administrative officer at parent company Viacom. However, Lee will […]

Tyler Perry Inks Massive Deal with Viacom to Produce Content for Paramount, BET, More

*Tyler Perry has moved his entire operation to Viacom, inking a wide-ranging content pact that includes a first-look deal with Paramount Pictures and calls for him to produce series for BET and other Viacom-owned networks, reports Variety. The film deal takes effect immediately, while the TV pact will begin in May 2019 after his current deal […]

Viacom Planning to ‘Phase Out’ BET CEO Debra Lee?

*Following news that BET is closing up shop in DC and moving its headquarters to New York after 37 years, there are now reports that parent company Viacom is also planning to oust CEO Debra Lee. “Viacom has a plan to phase her out after the BET Awards [on June 25]. She was planning to […]

Change! BET Moving HQ from DC to NYC, but CEO Debra Lee Has Relocated to LA

Cha-cha-change is in the air at BET. And it’s a big one. On Tuesday, the network issued a statement saying that it’s getting’ the hell out of Washington, DC, its longtime headquarters home since 1980. OK, they didn’t exactly say they were “gettin’ the hell” out of DC, but the bottom line is that they […]

BET Exec on Medical Leave (Zola Mashariki) Blindsided by Announcement She is Stepping Down

*Page Six is reporting of some “next-level crazy” going on with Viacom’s executive shake-up at BET. As previously reported, network CEO Debra Lee sent a memo Wednesday announcing executives Stephen Hill and Zola Mashariki would be stepping down, but according to Page Six, “Mashariki is still under contract and was blindsided by the announcement.” A source […]

Debra Lee, Anika Noni Rose Respond To ‘The Quad’ Criticism

*BET’s latest series, “The Quad,” which is set on a fictional HBCU campus, has already garnered good reviews, but Hampton University president William R. Harvey finds it objectionable. As ebony.com notes, the drama deals with issues like bullying, hazing, power struggles, and school pride at Georgia A&M. But just after the show premiered, Harvey sent […]