BET DIGITAL CELEBRATES BLACK EXCELLENCE WITH NEW ORIGINAL EDITORIAL SERIES

BET Digital celebrates Black culture with a new slate of online offerings during Black History Month across all digital and social platforms. As BET continues to honor its 40-year legacy of super-serving the black community, it forges forward with a new Black History Month slate of digital content that acknowledges the contributions made by African Americans past, present, and future.

Luci Collins cartwheeled so that Dominique Dawes could flip, and Simone Biles could float. Throughout the month of February, BET digital will take each day to honor a trilogy of Black excellence — persons who represent the past, present, and future in their field.  BET Digital will speak to the up-and-comers about the legends who came before them and seek reflection from the founding fathers and mothers about those who’ve got next. The series will also focus on the following trios: Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, and Michael B. Jordan; Q-Tip, Pharrell, and Tyler The Creator; MJ Rodriguez, Janet Mock, and Brian Michael Smith; Megan Thee Stallion, Trina, and Lil Kim; August Wilson, Suzan Lori-Parks, Dapper Dan, Patrick Kelly and Kerby Jean-Raymond, and Jeremy O. Harris; Shirley Chisolm, Condoleezza Rice, Lauren Underwood and many more.

BET will highlight 40 of the most inspiring and innovative vanguards who are redefining what it means to be unapologetically young, gifted & Black. Watch and share a clip of 11-year-old ballet dancer, Charlotte Nebres, the first Black lead in New York City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” being interviewed by her big sister, and fellow ballerina,  Libby Nebres from BET Digital’s “Future 40 Presented by Walmart.”

The full list includes:

BUSINESS/ENTREPRENUERS

  • Genelle Drayton, Sweet Dames Artisan Confections founder
  • Denequa Williams: LIT! Brooklyn Candles founder
  • Keisha Smith: Sanaia Applesauce founder
  • Lauren Simmons, New York Stock Exchange trader
  • Pinky Cole, Slutty Vegan Founder
  • Arielle Loren, 100K Uncubator CEO
  • Ghetto Gastro Founders [Lester Walker, Pierre Serrao, and Malcolm Livingston II, Jon Gray]

FILM/TELEVISION/WRITERS

  • Jharrel Jerome, Emmy winner for “When They See Us” and “Moonlight.”
  • Celia Rose Gooding, stars in “Jagged Little Pill” on Broadway
  • Condola Rashad, stage and TV actress, currently on “Billions”
  • Phillip Youmans, Director, “BURNING CANE”
  • Jaboukie Young-White, The Daily Show correspondent, standup comedian
  • Marsai Martin, actor and producer
  • Jonica T. Gibbs, BET series “Twenties”
  • Naomi Ackie, actor Star Wars
  • John Boyega, actor Star Wars
  • Tomi Adeyemi, YA novelist

MUSIC

  • Karena Evans, creative force behind Drake’s “Nice for What” and “God’s Plan”
  • Camille Thurman, composer, singer and saxophone player with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
  • Nija Charles, songwriter; wrote Cardi B. “Ring”, Drake/Chris Brown “No Guidance,” Jay Z and Bey’s “Heard About Us.”
  • Normani, singer
  • Dababy, rapper
  • Ari Lennox, singer

ACTIVISM/SOCIAL JUSTICE

  • Isra Hirsi, Climate change activist. Daughter of Rep. Ilhan Omar.
  • Carri Twigg, Storyteller and Strategist
  • Kenidra Woods, founder of the Hope for Humanity Project
  • Halim Flower, criminal justice reform activist
  • Zyahna Bryant, social justice activist
  • Cheslie Kryst, Miss USA
  • Lee Merritt, civil rights attorney

POLITICS

  • Rasheen Lamont Aldridge, represents St. Louis in the Missouri House of Representatives
  • Jaden Jefferson, 11-year-old reporter behind “Jaden Reports Now”
  • Mandela Barnes, Wisconsin’s first Black Lieutenant Governor
  • Jennifer Carol Foy, Virginia state delegate

STYLE

  • Aurora James, Creative Director of Brother Vellies
  • Andrea Osei, emerging designer
  • Tyler Mitchell, Photographer

SPORTS

  • Jordan Allen, Equestrian
  • Charlotte Nebres, 11-year-old ballet dancer and the first Black lead in New York City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.”
  • Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens Quarterback

#29DaysofQueerExcellence

#29DaysofQueerExcellence #BETQueerAF

BET Social is honoring the legacy and contributions many members of the LGBTQI+ community have made in helping advance the lives and experiences of Black Americans. This month, BET is highlighting 29 Black, queer people and how they show up for themselves and their community. The visual series, #29DaysofQueerExcellence, takes a deeper look at the lives of some of our featured talent and users can follow the hashtag #BETQueerAF across Instagram and Twitter for all updates on the series.

The full list includes:

  • B. Hawk Snipes, Entertainer, Style Icon, Brand Ambassador & Social Activist
  • Alexis Toney, Director of Marketing & eCommerce at Ovadia
  • Kendrick Daye: Art Director and Visual Artist
  • ICON Freddie LaBeija, Overall House Father of the Royal House of LaBeija/ Peer educator/Hairstylist/ Creative Talent
  • Sean Torrington, CEO/Co-founder / Producer of Slay TV
  • Chana Ewing, Founder of GEENIE brands/ Author of the ABC’s of Equality
  • Bri Laboss, Poet / Writer & Co- Founder of the Remy Rouge Culture Center in Brooklyn
  • Noel McKenzie, Founder & Executive Director of the Represented Foundation for Social impact
  • Olubode Shawn Brown, CEO of BLOOM LifeStyle Brands & Life Coach
  • Darnell Moore, Writer / Author / Media maker/ Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Director of Inclusion Strategy for Content and Marketing
  • Dane Young, Publicist and Founder of the B Young Agency
  • Jordyn Jay, Art Advocate for the Black Trans community
  • Jewel The Gem, D irector of Programs at The Center of Anti-Violence Education / Community activists/ Founder of A Ratchet Realm
  • Kiyanna Stewart & Jannah Handy, Creative Entrepreneurs & Co-Founders of BLK MKTVintage
  • Right Now Rouge, Burlesque Performer
  • Bianca Tovia Shaw, Founder of Tribe Co-Create
  • Dashaun Wesley & Sailey Williams: Co-Founders of TENZ Magazine
  • Tashan Lovemore & Sir Knight Co- Founders of BlackTransTV
  • Kenneth Courtney, PR Director for Mobilizing Our Brothers Initiative (MOBI) & Artist Manager
  • Henrietta Bagazonzya, Burlesque Producer and Burlesque Performer
  • Aaron L. Milton, Social Worker & Producer with the House of Ease.
  • Sekiya Dorsett, Filmmaker
  • Marcus Henderson, Filmmaker & Member of the House of LaBeija
  • Amira Shaunice, Screenwriter /Producer & Founder of New York Girls TV
  • Terry Torrington, Content Creator & Co- Founder of SLAY TV
  • Kenneth Kyrell, DJ & Media Correspondent
  • George M. Johnson, Writer/ Author & Activist
  • Assani York, Digital Marketer/ Black Trans Advocate & Founder of @ForTheGworls.
  • Candice Marie Woods: Broadway Performer – Currently starring as Diana Ross on Ain’t ToProud to Beg.
  • Alfonso Ferguson, Licensed Mental Health Counselor / Adjunct Professor / Interior Stylist & Design Consultant.

For more information go to BET.com/BlackHistoryMonth. Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtags: #Future40, #BlackTrilogy, #29DaysofQueerExcellence, and #BETQueerAF

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