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BET Networks' Black History Month Programming Highlights

NEW YORK, Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

SPECIALS
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BET HONORS– Premieres Monday, February 24th at 9:00 P.M.* ET/PT on BET.  
Celebrating its seventh year with new host Wayne Brady, BET Honors celebrates and recognizes the gifts and contributions of six African American exceptional leaders. Each year this powerful and inspirational event aims the spotlight on the achievements of distinguished leaders in the fields of music, literature, entertainment, media, service and education. Just in time for Black History Month, #BETHonors

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BET TAKES HOLLYWOOD – Premieres Monday, February 24th at 11:00 P.M.* ET/PT on BET.  
Directly following BET HONORS, host and veteran celebrity journalist Shaun Robinson of Access Hollywood will sit down with this year's top African American nominees along with past Oscar winners to candidly discuss their amazing race to the Academy Awards. Plus, she'll take a look back at the Oscar's best-dressed stars and look into the future to predict which stars will impress the Academy next year in the network's third annual Oscar special BET TAKES HOLLYWOOD. #BETHollywood

SERIES
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BEING MARY JANE – New episodes air Tuesdays at 10:00 P.M.* ET/PT on BET.  
The network's first one-hour scripted drama focuses on the life of successful cable news anchor, Mary Jane Paul (played by Gabrielle Union).  Mary Jane Paul happens to be part of a growing American statistic - the single, black female. Each week viewers will journey with this successful television news anchor as she manages her life as a mature single woman. Although she does not have a family to call her own, she does have parents, brothers, nieces and close friends to keep her well-balanced. Mary Jane may report on everyone else's lives every night on the evening news, but now we will pull the curtain back and see how it feels "Being Mary Jane." #BeingMaryJane

LIFT EVERY VOICE – New episodes air Sundays at 10:00 A.M.* ET/PT on BET.  
LIFT EVERY VOICE is back with a brand new host - Fonzworth Bentley takes the reigns of the half-hour, Sunday morning program featuring even more insightful testimonies from some of mainstream and gospel music's biggest an stars. The new season premieres with a special hour-long episode featuring Arsenio Hall. February's guests also include music stars Ja Rule & Adrienne Bailon, "Real Husbands of Hollywood" stars Kevin Hart, Boris Kodjoe, Nick Cannon, Duane Martin and Angel Conwell & Redaric Williams. #LEV

106 & PARK – Weekdays at 6:00 P.M.* ET/PT on BET.  
Hosted by Bow Wow and Keshia Chanté, BET's flagship show celebrates Black History Month with four specially themed weeks that put that spotlight on  defining moments and events in Black History (Week One); Black Love (Week Two); Achievements in Sports (Week Three) concluding with the Fine Arts (Week Four). #106andPark

This year's Black History Month on-air campaign "Say It Loud" aims to illustrate the connection between "Black History Month" trailblazers and other famous Americans in the fields of the arts, sciences, athletics, politics and entertainment. Curated by the award-winning actor Michael K Williams the stories of these African American icons, told under this unique perspective, will highlight how "Black History is American History". The on-air campaign kicks-off Saturday, Feb 1. #SayItLoud

DIGITAL
In the coming weeks, BET.com/BHM will feature daily facts about iconic events and people titled "This Day in Black History", a series of interactive timelines, news articles, flipbooks, games and quizzes leading up to and during the month of February.  For more information on all of BET and CENTRIC's series and specials go to BET.com and CentricTV.com. Join the conversation on social media by logging on to BET's multiple social media platforms:

  • On Facebook by liking the fan page at facebook.com/BET
  • On Twitter by using hashtag: #BET and following us @BET and @CentricTV.

CENTRIC
BEINGSaturday, February 15th at 9:00 P.M.* ET/PT on Centric.
BEING is a one-hour documentary series that highlights the careers of seminal actors, musicians, and television icons. Each week the show chronicles the life, career success, struggle, and triumph of one subject, throughout their journey. These stories are told in all their glamour, glitz, guts, and glory, with concentrated focus on how they persevered through it all.

About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), 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.

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