*New York, NY – On Saturday, October 15, 2011, “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!TM 2011” celebrated its second year of honoring Black women in business, politics, entertainment, sports and community service on BET Networks.

Co-hosted by actresses Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King, “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!TM 2011”  honored some of the most exceptional women of color in their respective industries including: Angela Davis, Shirley Caesar, Taraji P. Henson, Laurel J. Richie, Imani Walker, Malika Saada Saar, and Tatyana Ali.  Memorable performances and appearances were made by Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Melanie Fiona, Mary Mary, Elle Varner, Shirley Caesar, Tichina Arnold, and more. The network premiere will be televised exclusively on BET, Sunday, November 6th at 8 p.m.*

The star-studded affair also included memorable performances and tributes as well as entertaining and inspiring video messages from other black women that rock including actresses Nia Long and KeKe Palmer; singers Anita Baker, Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight; and television writer and producer Mara Brock Akil (Creator of “The Game” and “Girlfriends”). In addition, one of the most touching video tributes was that of Ruby Bridges, who integrated the New Orleans school system in 1960 at the tender age of 6.

The televised special, “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ 2011” is a BET Networks and B.G.R. Enterprises Inc. production.  BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ Founder and CEO, Beverly Bond executive produces the telecast along with Stephen Hill, President, Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks and Connie Orlando, Eugene Caldwell, Salli Frattini, BET Networks.

Tune in on Saturday, November 5th at midnight* for the season 2 premiere of MASTER OF THE MIX. With high demand from fans, SMIRNOFF is partnering with BET to bring hip hop enthusiasts and deejay purists the reality TV content they crave.

Amongst the changes from last year, the MASTER OF THE MIX cast from this second season is filled with deejays from all walks of life, from all over the United States. Cast members were chosen by master judge, Kid Capri and previous Season 1 contestants, who embarked on a cross-country casting tour to bring the best underground talent together for the second season of MASTER OF THE MIX. After being chosen, contestants now face revered producer and host, Just Blaze, world famous DJ, Kid Capri, nightlife maven, model and actress Amber Rose, and MASTER OF THE MIX Season 1 runner-up and noted DJ, Vikter Duplaix, who will help to determine who will be crowned the next mix master.

MASTER OF THE MIX is produced by GTM, a 360? marketing and content development agency, who serve as the show’s creators and executive producers.

*All times are ET/PT.

About BET Networks
BET Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: 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 98 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 businesses extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET Digital Networks – BET J, 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 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.



Kobe Swanson
BET Networks | Corporate Communications
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