Don Cornelious, En Vogue, Salt-n-Pepa and SWV Among Subjects of New BET Series

by VVN Music

BET Networks have a number of series and specials that cater to music lovers and, especially, those who follow classic R&B artists.

Included on their upcoming schedule is American Soul, inspired by the life of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius and Ladies Night about a tour with En Vogue, Salt & Pepa with Spinderella, and SWV.  Returning are the annual BET Awards and the Soul Train Awards.

Among their new programs with or about veteran artists:
  • AMERICAN SOUL – Inspired by the personal trials and professional successes of a young, ambitious and troubled impresario Don Cornelius. The drama series is an unflinching look at the entrepreneur, his Soul Train dancers, crew and musicians in an unforgiving Hollywood in the 1970’s – how they work, play, rise and fall against the backdrop of Soul Train — “the hippest trip in America” and one of the most predominant television shows for African-American culture. Produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment, AMERICAN SOUL is executive produced by Jesse Collins, Jonathan Prince, Devon Greggory and Tony Cornelius with Co-Executive Producer Andy Horne. Greggory and Prince, who created the series will also pen the pilot.
  • LADIES NIGHT – This new docuseries follows the personal and professional drama of the iconic 90’s girl groups En Vogue, Salt, Pepa, Spinderella and SWV as they embark on a national tour. With a run of shows across the US, these iconic artists must create, choreograph, and execute a night featuring all of their famous hits. With major money on the line, the OGs will need to put their pride to the side in order to launch something truly memorable. Produced by Entertainment One’s Tara Long, Mark Herwick, Madison Merritt serve as executive producers.
  • BET AWARDS – Moving into its nineteenth year, the BET AWARDS franchise is the #1 program in cable television history among African American viewers for 16 consecutive years. This magnetic night of musical collaborations and jaw-dropping moments consistently delivers high ratings, millions of social media impressions and buzz before, during and after the star-studded live telecast. The best in music has graced the stage including BeyoncĂ© and Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, DJ Khaled, Chance the Rapper, Migos and more. In 2017, the BET AWARDS honored New Edition with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Chance the Rapper with the Humanitarian Award.
  • SOUL TRAIN AWARDS – The iconic brand that defined a generation returns with an awards show that delivers world class talent and honors the best in R&B and soul. Recent performers include Jill Scott, Tamar Braxton, Luke James and more. In 2017, the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS honored Toni Braxton with the Legend Award and SWV with the Lady of Soul Award. The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS is guaranteed to deliver Love, Peace, and SOUL!
Programs with more modern R&B and Hip Hop artists:
  • THE NEXT BIG THING [WORKING TITLE] – This hybrid docu-music competition series highlights super-producer Swizz Beats, Tina Davis, music veteran A&R Exec (Def Jam, Empire), former manager of Chris Brown as we follow a league of powerhouse music icons, put up-and-coming artists through the ultimate development boot camp. After being coached and challenged on performance preparation, these artists must give the best performance of their career to land a deal with one of six major record labels. Produced by Releve Entertainment, the series is executive produced by Swizz Beats, Tina Davis and Holly Carter.
  • HE GRAND HUSTLE – From the streets to the boardroom, T.I. wrote the book on hustling and now he’s looking for the nation’s next big hustler to see who will come out on top. Set in the streets of Atlanta, these contestants use the city to prove they have what it takes to out-hustle the rest! In the end, T.I. will choose one person to be named King or Queen of the Hustle – landing a six-figure job working at one of T.I.’s companies. Produced by 51 Minds Entertainment, THE GRAND HUSTLE is executive produced by Christian Sarabia, Clifford “T.I.” Harris, Brian Sher, Vinnie Kaufman and Johnny Petillo. Petillo also serves as showrunner for the series.
  • BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ™ – Featuring emerging and legendary talent, touching tributes to present-day role models and soulful, surprising musical performances, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ™ celebrates the brilliance and beauty of Black women. This Award-winning special is both timely and timeless, saluting dynamic leaders in entertainment, business, philanthropy, and beyond. Past award winners include film legend Cicely Tyson, music and fashion icon Rihanna, director Ava DuVernay, educator Nadia Lopez, and veteran actor Taraji P. Henson. Created by executive producer Beverly Bond, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ™ highlights the wide spectrum of talent and contributions of women of color who are shaping our world.
  • BET EXPERIENCE – Returning for its seventh year, BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® showcases the best in music, comedy, and entertainment. The immersive experience continues to grow each year, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors to the downtown Los Angeles area. The BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® includes a series of interactive events such as a free Fan Fest, live music, Celebrity Basketball Game presented by Sprite, Celebrity Dodgeball Game and Genius Talks with A-list talent; as well as a partnership between BET Networks and AEG to bring a star-studded electrifying concert series to the L.A. Live complex.

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