FLOYD MAYWEATHER, DOUG E. FRESH, MIKE TYSON,
NIKKI GIOVANNI, COMMON, DR. MAE JEMISON AND MORE
SET TO PARTICIPATE IN THOUGHT PROVOKING GENIUS TALKS SERIES
BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE PRESENTED BY COCA-COLA® TO TAKE PLACE JUNE 27 & 28, 2014
#BETX / #BETAWARDS
New York, NY (June 17, 2014) – AEG and BET Networks today announced its lineup of celebrities confirmed for its interactive panel, Genius Talks presented by RushCard, part of the FREE BET Experience Fan Fest. Genius Talks is a series of compelling talk backs which will take place live throughout the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE Presented by Coca-Cola®. Tastemakers including actors, actresses, musicians and professional athletes will open up about what drives them to be the best in their fields. This series of celebrity talk-backs will feature real discussions about culture, entertainment, family, celebrity and more and will be available on BET.com following the event.
The BET Genius Talks will be part of the BET Experience Fan Fest, taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, adjacent to L.A. LIVE, taking place on Saturday, June 28th from 1:00 pm PST to 5:00 pm PST and Sunday, June 29th from 1:00 pm PST to 5:00 pm PST, with doors opening at 12 noon both days. Confirmed panels include:
Saturday, June 28 – Hosted by rapper MC Lyte
- 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
American physician and NASA astronaut, Dr. Mae Jemison interviewed by actress, Regina King
- 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Musician, Bill Withers interviewed by actor, Hill Harper
- 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
“My Brother’s Keeper”: Dissolving the Prison Pipeline presented by H.I.S., BET and Ebony Magazine featuring Van Jones, Founder of #YesWeCode, MC Hammer, Dr. Robert Ross, President and CEO of The California Endowment, Touré Roberts, Pastor of One Church International, and moderated by ‘The Insider’ anchor Kevin Frazier
- 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Filmmaker and producer Will Packer interviewed by actor Boris Kodjoe
Sunday, June 29 – Hosted by ‘Access Hollywood’ anchor, Shaun Robinson
- 1:00 pm – Writer, activist and professor, Nikki Giovanni interviewed by actor, Omari Hardwick
- 2:00 pm – Five-division world champion, professional boxer, Floyd Mayweather interviewed by rapper and producer Doug E. Fresh
- 4:00 pm – Former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, Mike Tyson interviewed by hip hop recording artist and actor, Common
These talks will also feature a ‘Jordan Discussion’ with rapper Bun B and former professional baseball star, Reggie Sanders on Sunday, June 29th at 3:00 pm sponsored by Jordan Brand. For more information on all talks, visit www.BET.com/geniustalks.
Emmy and Grammy® Award winning comedian Chris Rock will host the “BET Awards 2014,” live on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 8pm ET on BET from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, CA.
A full list of the “BET Awards” 2014 nominations is now available at www.BET.com
Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials and Lynne Harris Taylor, BET’s Vice President of Specials, will serve as Executive Producers for the “BET Awards,” along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.
The “BET Awards” will take place along with the BET Experience in Los Angeles from June 27-29th and elsewhere around the world on BET’s international network July 1, 8:00 p.m. GMT.BET.com/Awards is the official site for the “BET Awards” and will have all the latest news and updates about this year’s show. All information about the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® can be found at BETExperience.com. The BET Experience VIP Package offers the only way to purchase a “BET Awards” ticket, great seats to 3 nights of concerts at STAPLES Center, and exclusive access to events at the free Fan Fest. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to BET.com/BETExperience. Follow the Experience on Twitter @betexperience.
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ABOUT BET NETWORKS
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.
BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE
BET Networks, an entertainment powerhouse, and AEG, one of the leading entertainment companies in the world and developer/ operator of L.A. LIVE, have teamed up once again to create the BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE (BETX), June 27 – 29, 2014 presented by Coca-ColaÒ. This three-day festival will be filled with music and comedy concerts taking place at Club Nokia and STAPLES Center; “106 & PARK” tapings in Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE; BET Fan Fest at the Los Angeles Convention Center including seminars, celebrity basketball games, celebrity meet & greets; GRAMMY® Museum exhibits and other special appearances. The weekend will be capped off with the “BET Awards” on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE.
ABOUT “BET AWARDS”
The BET AWARDS is one of the most watched award shows on cable television according to the Nielsen Company. The BET AWARDS franchise remains as the #1 program in cable TV history among African-Americans, and it is BET’s #1 telecast every year. It recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists, entertainers, and athletes in a variety of categories.
ABOUT JESSE COLLINS ENTERTAINMENT:
Jesse Collins Entertainment is a full service television and film production company founded by entertainment industry veteran Jesse Collins. For more than a decade, Collins, the company’s CEO, has played an integral role in producing some of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. Formerly Executive Producer/EVP of Cossette Productions, Collins has produced ground-breaking and award winning television programming including the BET Awards, the GRAMMY Awards, BET Honors, The UNCF Evening of Stars and the BET Hip Hop Awards. Collins currently Executive Produces “The Real Husbands of Hollywood,” (now going into its 4th hit season) alongside industry Icons Stan Lathan and Ralph Farquhar; and has worked with superstar talent such as Will Smith, Chris Rock, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Prince, Mariah Carey and many more.
AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, owns or is affiliated with a collection of companies including over 100 of the world’s preeminent facilities such as STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, CA), StubHub Center (Carson, CA), Best Buy Theater (Times Square, New York), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), Allphones Arena (Sydney, Australia), Brisbane Convention and Entertainment Center and The O2 arena and entertainment district (London, England). Developed by AEG, L.A. LIVE is a 4 million square foot / $3 billion downtown Los Angeles sports, & entertainment district featuring Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Club Nokia, the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 theater, 19 restaurants the GRAMMY Museum and a 54-story, 1001-room convention “headquarters” hotel/destination. In addition to overseeing privately held management shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, assets of AEG Sports include franchises such as the LA Kings, LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo and the Amgen Tour of California cycling stage race. Along with AEG Facilities, other global divisions include AEG Live, the world’s second largest concert promotion and touring companies comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions and AEG Global Partnerships, responsible for worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships, naming rights and other strategic partnerships. In 2010, AEG launched its AEG 1EARTH environmental program featuring the industry’s first sustainability report while in 2011, AEG introduced AXS a comprehensive entertainment platform serving as the company’s primary consumer brand including AXS Ticketing which provides fans the opportunity to purchase tickets directly from their favorite venues via a user-friendly ticketing interface, Examiner.com and the AXS TV network. For additional information, visit www.aegworldwide.com
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