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BET Awards 2011


For the past 10 years, during the month of June (perhaps to celebrate Black Music Month), BET- Black Entertainment Television, has held its annual "BET Awards," honoring various artists from the music and entertainment industries. This year, the program was hosted by comedian Kevin Hart, and broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California (Sunday, June 26th, 2011).

Recently, BET has continued to earn top-ratings for this event (especially after their 2009 awards show tribute to Michael Jackson), and this year was arguably their biggest hit, with 7.7 million total viewers. However, a majority of BET fans tend to agree that its best awards show was hosted by comedienne Mo'Nique, who wowed the audience with a parodied performance of Beyoncé's debut music video "Crazy In Love," back in 2004...

Fast forward to this year, Mo'Nique is out... but Beyoncé is still in, this-time-around celebrating the release of her fourth studio album, with yet another show-stopping performance albeit not 'in-the-flesh.' Her performance was pre-recorded and broadcast -via satellite- from the Glastonbury Music Festival in Glastonbury, England; of which, Beyoncé is the 1st African-American female to headline that festival, subsequently giving BET its 1st international performance for the awards show.

Other highlights from this year's show included:
* Chris Brown's multiple wins (including Video of the Year)...

* Tiffany Greene's 'Chrianna' mix-up...

* Patti Labelle's tribute...

* and former BET VJ, Free's "back-side," which became a worldwide #TrendingTopic on #Twitter!

...For more information on BET, log-on to their website: http://www.bet.com/, or follow them on twitter: @BET.

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References:
www.google.com, en.wikipedia.org, www.latimes.com, www.zap2it.com, www.stupiddope.com, www.twitvid.com (Jay Geronimo), www.BET.com

JUNETEENTH


Of course, it is HOPED that EVERYONE should know about the "Emancipation Proclamation," delivered by President Abraham Lincoln, on September 22, 1862, as a means of ending the enslavement of Black people  (read: Pan-African/African-Americans).


Although Lincoln's decree became fully-effective on January 1, 1863, it did little to quell the atrocities that prevailed in most -if not all- of the Confederate states during that time. And to sum up the importance of the Juneteenth celebration, wikipedia.org says it's, "also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day... a holiday in the United States honoring African American heritage by commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. State of Texas in 1865. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a state holiday in 37 states of the United States."

References:
www.google.com, www.scienceblogs.com

Black Music Month


The month of February isn't the only time on the calendar that celebrates the lives, progression and achievements of Blacks (read: Pan-African/African-American citizens), especially those living within the United States of America.

June, heralded as BLACK MUSIC MONTH, is a 30-day celebration and recognition of those men and women who either have, or are contributing to the worlds of music and music entertainment.

Helping to piece together the emergence of this cause, wikipedia.org, says "President Jimmy Carter, on June 7, 1979, decreed that June would be the month of black music. For the past 28 years, presidents have announced to Americans that we should celebrate Black Music Month... President Barack Obama has announced the observance, under the new title, African-American Music Appreciation Month."

***ENJOY THE SOUNDS***
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References:
www.google.com, en.wikipedia.org, www.midweekescape.blogspot.com