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Excitement is in the air as the annual Soul Train Awards weekend approaches. BET Networks has revealed its first talent confirmed for Soul Train Weekend 2016. Kicking off Thursday, November 3, 2016 and taking over Mandalay Bay, the celebration will feature soulful experiences including performances by Jill ScottTyreseMonicaAnthony HamiltonJazmine SullivanBell Biv DeVoe, YunaTish Hyman, Kid Capri and a special night of comedy with the cast of BET’s The Comedy Get Down with Cedric 'The Entertainer,’ D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, Eddie Griffin and Charlie Murphy. Additional names and events to be announced soon!

The four-day weekend of events will include intimate performances, electrifying concerts, an outdoor day party and exclusive late night parties – all leading up to the 2016 Soul Train Awards on Sunday, November 6, 2016




THURSDAY, November 3rd

“Acoustically Speaking” Sponsored by Toyota

House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay @ 7:00PM

Featuring Monica, Jazmine Sullivan, Yuna 


FRIDAY, November 4th

“Soul Train Music Festival”

Mandalay Bay Events Center @ 8:00PM

Featuring Jill Scott, Tyrese, Anthony Hamilton, Tish Hyman 


SATURDAY, November 5th

"Soul Train Day Party"

DAYLIGHT Beach Club at Mandalay Bay from 12:00PM – 6:00PM

Featuring Bell Biv DeVoe, Kid Capri 


“The Comedy Get Down”

Mandalay Bay Events Center @ 8:00PM

Featuring Cedric ‘The Entertainer’, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, Charlie Murphy


SUNDAY, November 6th

“Soul Train Awards”

Orleans Arena @ 6:00PM


Soul Train Weekend VIP Packages will be available for purchase and offer exclusive access, premium seats to all concerts and events, plus VIP status to unforgettable after-parties. Four Day ticket packages are also available and will allow guests to have the convenience and access to attend great concerts throughout Soul Train Awards Weekend. All packages will give guests the opportunity to enjoy sizzling performances at the Soul Train Awards. Full VIP package amenities and pricing can be found at

Four Day and general tickets for all events throughout Soul Train Weekend at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino will be going on sale September 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. (PST). 

Mandalay Bay Events Center show tickets for the Soul Train Music Fest start at $49.50 and the Comedy Get Down concert start at $39.50. 

Tickets for Acoustically Speaking Sponsored by Toyota will start at $35.00 and the Soul Train Day Party ticket pricing begins at $37.50. All tickets will be available at



@AnthonyAnderson & @TraceeEllisRoss Return to Host the 2016 @BETAwards a Second Time...

As many had hoped, Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross are back, and will be hosting the 2016 BET Awards. The two have proven more than once that they are a dynamic duo together, as they hosted both the 2015 BET Awards together. They're hosting history actually dates back to 2005 when they joined forces to host the Vibe Awards. They're chemistry is surely unquestionable, and both seem to be elated about the experience and the fact they’ll be together again. 


“Tracee and I are thrilled that BET brought us back to host the “BET Awards” for the second year in a row,” said Anthony Anderson.  “We had a great time last year and can't wait for viewers to see the new surprises we have in store on June 26th!”


“I can’t wait to host the BET Awards again with Anthony, who I always have a blast working with,” said Tracee Ellis Ross. “The BET Awards is going to knock it out of the park again with a night full of amazing performances and presenters being honored in music, movies, television, and sports.”


As previously announced, Drake leads the list of entertainers with an impressive nine nominations including ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ and ‘Best Collaboration’ for his hit “Where Ya At” with fellow hip hop artist Future. Beyoncé and Rihanna follow with five nods each. Beyoncé is nominated for top nods of the night including ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ and ‘Best Collaboration’ for “Feeling Myself” with Nicki Minaj. Rihanna is in the running for awards including ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ and ‘Best Collaboration,’ for “Work” featuring Drake. Other nominees include newcomer Bryson Tiller who is up for four awards including ‘Best Male R&B/Pop Artist.’ Chris Brown is nominated for the same number including ‘Best Male R&B/Pop Artist’ and ‘Video Director of the Year.’  Future could also walk away with four awards including ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist’ and the ‘Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award.’

BET Networks recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across 20 categories with the "BET Awards" 2016 nominations. The nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is comprised of fans and an esteemed group of entertainment professionals in the fields of television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, and the creative arts.


The “BET Awards” 2016 will premiere around the world on BET’s international network. It will air in the UK on Tuesday, June 28th at 9:00pm BST, in Africa on Tuesday, June 28th at 7:00pm CAT, and in France on Wednesday, June 29th at 9:00pm CEST.


Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment serves as Executive Producer. Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Programming; Connie Orlando, BET’s Senior Vice President of Music; and Specials and Lynne Harris Taylor, BET’s Vice President of Specials serve as Executive Producers for BET Networks.


The “BET Awards” will take place along with the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles from June 23-26, 2016. is the official site for the “BET Awards” and will have all the latest news and updates about this year's show.  VIP Packages for the BET Experience weekend are now on-sale.  In addition to VIP amenities throughout the weekend and incredible seats for the STAPLES Center shows, three levels of BETX VIP Packages offer guests the only opportunity to purchase tickets to the highly anticipated BET Awards, broadcast live from Microsoft Theater.  The 1,000+ VIP Packages sold out in 2015, so guests are encouraged to purchase now before the allotment is depleted.  Full package amenities and pricing for the Diamond, Platinum and Gold VIP Packages can be found by visiting or by calling (877) 234-8425.



BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.BstedNYSE: 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:, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks - BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.


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.


BET Networks, an entertainment powerhouse, and AEG, the leading world’s leading sports and live entertainment companies and developer/operator of L.A. LIVE, have teamed up once again to create the BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE (BETX), June 23 - 26, 2016 presented by Coca-Cola®.   This four-day festival will be filled with music and comedy concerts taking place at The Novo by Microsoft and STAPLES Center; FREE BET Fan Fest at the Los Angeles Convention Center including seminars, celebrity basketball games, celebrity meet & greets; and other special appearances.  The weekend will be capped off with the “BET Awards” on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Microsoft Theater.

Rapper and Actor Ludacris Teams with Supermodel Chrissy Teigen to Host the 2015 Billboard Awards May 17....

Rapper and Actor Ludacris Teams with Supermodel Chrissy Teigen to Host the 2015 Billboard Awards May 17....

SANTA MONICA, CA – ABC and dick clark productions have announced that the “2015 Billboard Music Awards” is set to return to ABC and will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on SUNDAY, MAY 17 at 8pm ET. The show will showcase this year’s hottest musical acts and biggest music stars.  TV host and supermodel Chrissy Teigen will host with hip-hop superstar and actor Ludacris, who returns to host for the second consecutive year and whose eighth studio album, “Ludaversal,” will be released tomorrow.

“If my extensive collection of all 53 ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ compilations is any indication, I am both qualified and honored to join Ludacris in hosting this amazing show that spotlights the best music and artists of the year,” said Teigen.
“I had so much fun hosting the Billboard Music Awards last year and I can’t wait to be back!” said Ludacris.
The “2015 Billboard Music Awards” finalists were announced Tuesday, April 7 on “Good Morning America” by Ludacris and Pete Wentz. The two revealed a portion of the “2015 Billboard Music Awards” finalist categories.

Urban Grandstand Digital Offering LIVE Stream of 2015 #StellarAwards ( @thestellars ) 30th Anniversary Festivities...

Urban Grandstand Digital Offering LIVE Stream of 2015 #StellarAwards ( @thestellars ) 30th Anniversary Festivities...

We're proud to announce that we will be offering a LIVE stream of 30th Anniversary activities for this year's Stellar Gospel Music Awards! This includes The Stellar Awards Pre-Show, Stellar Awards Radio and Gospel Announcer Awards, Stellar Awards Red Carpet, and special behind-the-scenes footage of The Stellar Awards!

Be sure to stay will #UrbanGrandstandDigital for continued updates, and stay tuned into all weekend long to see everything leading up to the big extravaganza, set to tape March 28, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV!!

Steve Harvey to Speak at the 20th Annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit...

Steve Harvey to Speak at the 20th Annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit...



NEW YORK, March 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Where Innovation and Capital Meet. Join BLACKENTERPRISE at the 2015 Entrepreneurs Summit hosted by Nationwide on Wednesday, May 13 through Saturday, May 16, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, with a powerhouse lineup of some of the nation's most accomplished and celebrated entrepreneurs and motivational speakers. Steve Harvey, No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, Emmy Award-winning television host, and renowned radio personality, is confirmed as one of the Summit's keynote speakers at the 2015 Entrepreneurs Summit.

An annual highlight of the Summit is the presentation of the nation's top awards for African American business achievement and community involvement. The Black Enterprise Trailblazer Award will be presented to legendary record producer, musician, and humanitarian, Quincy Jones; and music executive and entrepreneur Clarence Avant, at the BE 100s Gala on Friday, May 15. This award recognizes the outstanding achievement of an individual who has had broad and positive impact on his or her industry as well as the community at large, while serving as a champion of entrepreneurship and business growth, employment opportunities, and wealth creation for African Americans. 

Celebrating more than 60 years of performing and music industry involvement, Jones's creative magic has spanned more than six decades, beginning with the music of the post-swing era and continuing through today's high-technology age. An impresario in the broadest and most creative sense of the word, Jones's career encompasses the roles of composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, record company executive, magazine founder, multimedia entrepreneur and humanitarian. As a master inventor of musical hybrids, he has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African and Brazilian music into many dazzling fusions, traversing virtually every medium, including records, live performance, movies, and television. As producer and conductor of the historic "We Are The World" recording (one of the best-selling singles of all time) and Michael Jackson's multiplatinum solo albums, Off The WallBad, and Thriller (the best-selling album of all time, with more than 50 million copies sold), Jones stands as one of the most successful and admired creative artist/executives in the entertainment world.

Avant was the chairman of Motown Records and board member of PolyGram. A renowned entertainment industry executive known for his keen business sense and unique deal-making skills, Avant is regarded in the highest esteem and is arguably one of the most influential African Americans in entertainment business history. He has worked with industry greats, such as Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Antonio "L.A." Reid, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, and veteran music executive Doug Morris, but his scope extends beyond the music industry to people such as Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, BLACK ENTERPRISE Publisher Earl Graves, Oprah Winfrey, and BET Founder Robert Johnson. He serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Network Foundation Technologies L.L.C. Among the many honors he has received are the Heroes Award from the Los Angeles chapter of the Recording Academy, an honorary doctorate from Morehouse College, and the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 2015 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit boasts high-powered sessions on critical business topics such as Attracting Angel Investors, Accelerating Your Tech Startup, The Art of Raising Money, It's Called Show BUSINESS, and Selling Your Ideas and Building Consumer Brands.

Confirmed speakers include: 

  • Steve Harvey, Author, Radio Personality and Television Show Host 
  • Lisa Nichols, CEO, Motivating the Masses 
  • Michael Eric Dyson, Author, Professor and Radio Host 
  • Roland Martin, Journalist, Commentator, Host, News One Now 
  • Paul Judge, Managing Partner, Judge Ventures, Advisor Opportunity Ventures 
  • Jermaine Dupri, Record Producer, Songwriter and entrepreneur 
  • Randal Pinkett, Co-Founder & CEO of BCT Partners, Speaker and Author 
  • Ken Coleman, ChairmanSaama Technologies 
  • Don Peebles, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Peebles Corp. 
  • Reginald Hudlin, American Writer, Film Director, and Producer 
  • Necole Parker, Founder and CEO, ELOCEN Group 
  • Samuel Gilmore, Founder and President, Overnight Success Inc. 
  • Tom Chikoore, Founder, Techstars Risingstars Program 
  • Kim Kimble, Celebrity Hairstylist, Owner of Kim Kimble Salons and Kimble Haircare System 
  • Chris Bennett, Co-Founder and CEO, Soldsie; Founder, Black Founders (NewME) 
  • Sherrod Shackelford & LaVon Lewis, CEOs & Co-Founders, PDG Branding & Marketing 
  • David Grain, Founder & Managing Partner, Grain Management L.L.C. 
  • Stacey Key, President & CEO, Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council 
  • Robert Santiago, Owner of Empire FX 
  • Kim Wales, Founder & CEOWales Capital

For the aspiring entrepreneur, The Small Business Success™ Boot Camp offers practical advice on how to take your business to the next level. Plus, the Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition will award $10,000 for the best new business idea. 

Attendees of the 2015 Entrepreneurs Summit will also have for the first time the opportunity to tap into all the latest BLACK ENTERPRISE developments taking place in and around the Summit courtesy of the new dedicated BE Events app. Available for free on AndroidiOS and other smartphones (attendees with Windows and BlackBerry devices can go here), the app allows visitors to access the full event schedule, browse the event social media updates, receive information on all the speakers taking part in the Summit, as well as develop a personal event planner to remind them of their must-attend sessions. It also features a detailed interactive floor plan to help attendees navigate the session rooms as well as keep attendees fully up-to-date with the latest developments through a link to the #BESummit social media tag. Attendees will also receive push notifications in the event of room changes and black enterprise giveaways. 

To download the app for free, visit the iTunes App Storeand Google Play Store.

The host sponsor of the 2015 Entrepreneurs Summit is Nationwide; presenting sponsor is Walmart and platinum sponsor FedEx.

For updates, follow Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit page on Facebook and search the #BESummit hashtag on Twitter. is the leading website for Money, Small Business and Career development. Providing executive and entrepreneurial resources, information, and profiles on the topics of money management, employment, career and startup development, features expert resource articles, original video packages, and blogs, customized to empower its niche audience while consistently providing universal resource-value.

BLACK ENTERPRISEyour ultimate source to build Wealth for Life, is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. Every month, BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine provides 6 million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. A multimedia company, BE also produces television programming, business and lifestyle events, Web content, and digital media. Visit for more information.