[Video] BET Honors Awards Show Recap & Kanye’s Speech

BY: - 24 Feb '15 | On the Web

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The BET Honors… What Excellence Looks Like!

The BET Honors awards show aired Monday, February 23rd and it was the most elegant and inspirational award show of the season.  Host Wayne Brady opened the show with a grand and hilarious old school hip hop performance inspired by RUN-DMC and featuring his rendition of Rob Bases’ “It takes two” and Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It.”

The night was filled with uplifting and encouraging acceptance speeches. The first black woman President of Bennett and Spelman Colleges and the current Director of the Smithsonian’s Museum of African Art Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole reminded us that education is the key to dismantling injustice in the world.  Kanye West, yes Kanye West, after a comedy filled rant about his wife, Kanye also delivered one of the nights’ most encouraging messages.  West said, “When you have the chance to express your influence, don’t just do it for our race, do it for the human race!”

What stood out the most in this awards show were the presenters of each award.  All of the presenters were people who had inspired the honorees along their journey.  Usher’s God-Father, Legendary entertainer Ben Vereen started the presentation to Usher by describing him as a ‘song and dance man and ultimate entertainer.’  But it was one of his icons Bobby Brown that brought Usher to tears and shocked the audience by coming on stage and presenting him with his actual award.

Glynn Turman began the tribute to Phylicia Rashad and her TV children, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Malcolm Jamal Warner saluted her via video along with her sister Debbie Allen and Broadway alum Audra McDonald.  It was TV’s first black Mother, star of “Julia” Diahann Carroll who received a standing ovation when she graced the stage to give Phylicia Rashad her award.

Musical tributes included Ne-Yo, Trey Songz (performing Usher’s ‘Nice and Slow’) and K. Michelle giving a beautiful performance of her new hit ‘Judge Me.’  All of the performances were fantastic but the show stopping performances of the night came from Patti LaBelle with the Howard University and Spelman choirs and the Queen of Hip-Hop Mary J. Blige.  Mary J. closed the program with a soul-stirring performance of her hit song “Doubt” from the CD “London Sessions” CD.  As she sang, images of inspirational African Americans played in the background.  A perfect song choice for this inspirational awards show.

Here’s a list of the honorees and their awards…

  • Johnnetta Betsch Cole – Excellence in Education Award
  • John W. Thompson – Excellence in Technology and Business Award
  • Kanye West – Visionary Award
  • Usher Raymond IV – Musical Arts Award
  • Phylicia Rashad – Theatrical Arts Award

The theme of this awards show was ‘education is the key.’  Wayne Brady wrapped the evening with his own inspirational message. “Look in the mirror and be the best person you can be and that’s what extraordinary feels like.”

Catch the encore presentation Thursday February 26th @ 8pm.  Click here for more information on the wonderful achievements of the honorees.

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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Kevin Hart Announces His Next Stop, a Football Stadium!

BY: - 26 Feb '15 | On the Web

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“This is a mind blowing moment for me people….I will be filming my next special “What Now” in Philadelphia at the “Lincoln Financial Stadium” the 35-year-old proclaimed.

Kevin Hart made the official announcement on Instagram, that he will be the first comedian to play in a football stadium. If you live in or would like to experience history in Philadelphia on August 30th, you should get your tickets pronto!

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The comedic super star took a picture to show us just how BIG this event is going to be!

” I will be the 1st comedian to perform in a FOOTBALL STADIUM….this S*** is UNREAL,” he continued.

Kevin’s “What Now?” Tour continues to break records. The tour has sold more than a half million tickets in the first weekend of ticket sales, two shows at Madison Square Garden, sold out shows at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

His star continues to soar and I can only imagine how much more he can and will do. He momentum is amazing and this is truly his time. Congrats Kevin!

BMWK, have you ever seen Kevin Hart live? Have you seen his “What Now?” Tour?

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Bernetta Knighten is the Digital Media Coordinator for BlackandMarriedWithKids.com. She also publishes BernettaStyle.com as a Lifestyle Resource on topics related to married life, motherhood, healthy living, product/event reviews & recaps. She is also the creator of Dream Dashers, a group of individuals that hold each other accountable for following their dreams. She resides in Atlanta with her husband and three children. To keep with her, please visit www.BernettaStyle.com.

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