Apparently BET figured that between Paula Deen and Serena Williams, we haven't had enough unapologetic apologies this year and decided to issue one of its own.
Internet personality B. Scott recently spoke out about being forced to change his preapproved look minutes before he was scheduled to host the BET Awards preshow, having him essentially wear something less feminine. The Internet joined in speaking out, demanding an apology from BET for its gender policing.
BET released a statement bearing something that was supposed to be an apology and an insistence that some of its best friends are LGBT. They blamed it on a "misunderstanding" between BET and B. Scott, which he vehemently denies, saying, "I want a real apology from BET. This was not a mutual misunderstanding or miscommunication." He also added on his Twitter page: "BET's non-apology statement has added more insult to injury ... what they did to me was intentional."
For movies opening July 5, 2013
"Despicable Me 2" (PG for crude humor and mild action) Action-oriented animated adventure finds reformed evildoer Gru (Steve Carell) grudgingly leaving his recently-adopted daughters (Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier and Elsie Fisher) to spy for the Anti-Villain League in order to apprehend a diabolical criminal (Benjamin Bratt) bent on world domination. Voice cast includes Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand and Dr. Ken Jeong.
Kevin Allen Sr. – widely known as legendary Memphis Disc Jockey and Radio Host DJ Soni D – was killed Monday afternoon in Hinkley, Calif., when his 2013 Nissan Rogue collided with another vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Attributing details to San Bernardino County coroner's officials, the San Bernardino Sun reported that Allen was driving west on Highway 58 near Harper Lake Road at 3:20 p.m. when he drove into eastbound lanes to pass a vehicle in front of him.
A native of Chicago, Allen was considered a pioneer in the Memphis club scene as well as the national radio industry. He is a three-time Billboard Magazine Award Winner for his work as production manager, producer and engineer for "Tom Joyner's On The Move" nationally syndicated countdown show.
Call it Talib Kweli's jailbreak.
While that might mean something different for some rappers, Kweli, 37, sees his latest project as a way to escape the box the music industry and casual hip-hop fan have placed him in.
The "conscious rapper" category is meant for the socially responsible hip-hop artists who don't see misogyny and violence as integral to cutting a track, even if it's handy in climbing a chart.
Everything gets a sequel these days, and that includes "The Bible."
The Mark Burnett miniseries, which aired on The History Channel in the spring to record ratings, is now getting a second act on NBC.
"A.D.: Beyond the Bible" (a working title) starts "in the dark days after Jesus' betrayal and death," a statement from NBC says. "A perfect storm brews in the Holy Land, fueled by social injustice, Roman military oppression and religious unrest. ... And in the face of terrible odds and brutal persecution, the small band of Jesus' disciples stand against the combined might of Rome and their own local authorities. In a generation of rebellion, war, famine, and carnage, who can they trust?"
Burnett will again executive produce the follow-up to his original 10-part miniseries with his wife, Roma Downey, and Richard Bedser.
Here's one I'm proud to be talking about...the hometown legends are getting ready to bring it on home!
This Friday, July 5th, Memphis' own Bar-Kays will play a rare "club" performance at Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. There will even be an after-party, so plan on hanging out for a while.
Tickets are on sale now at the Minglewood Hall box office, online at minglewoodhall.com, or you may call 901-312-6058. Stan Bell will be host and Comedian Prescott will kick off the show.
I caught the "BET Awards" this past Sunday and surprisingly – pleasantly so – I didn't feel so much like an old out-of-touch guy like I do during the "BET Hip Hop Awards." I didn't even have to keep asking my kids, "Who are these people?"
Usually I would have found something else to do for a couple hours and heard about the show the next morning. But I have to admit, it was time well spent this year. It was a really great show.
I actually had a favorite part. And that part had to be the Charlie Wilson tribute. I can't think of anyone as deserving as Wilson. This guy has had a heck of a career and one heck of a story!