Those are the many titles Mack Wilds is holding to his name today.
And he spoke in a manner that will resonate with fellow young adults.
*It looks like Detroit came out an took over BET’s chief honcho, Debra Lee‘s annual BET Honors Dinner and Gala at the National Museum of Women in Arts in Washington, DC.
Pictured above are this year’s BET Honors recipients Aretha Franklin and Berry Gordy, along with guest Smokey Robinson.
So why is Smokey in the middle instead of Aretha?
In any event, the BET Honors will premiere on February 24, 2014 on BET.
*Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson and Janelle Monae are among the artists booked to perform at BET Honors 2014, to premiere Feb. 24 in the U.S. and Feb. 28 on BET’s international network. The telecast will also feature Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson and host Wayne Brady.
Established to celebrate the achievements of distinguished African Americans, BET Honors will once again be taped at Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 8.
This year’s honorees include Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, Motown founder Berry Gordy, American Express chairman/CEO Ken Chenault, visual artist Carrie Mae Weems and artist/actor/entrepreneur Ice Cube.
According to BET president of music programming and Specials for BET Networks. Stephen Hill, Brady is the perfect choice for the annual event.
*Judges and contestants come and go, but Musical Director Ray Chew is still manning the post now for seasons 10, 11 and 12 on Fox’s “American Idol.”
But this is just a continuation of Ray’s stellar career as a conductor for nationally televised events. His other credits include “It’s Showtime at the Apollo,” “The Singing Bee” on NBC, and BET’s “Sunday Best.”
Ray has performed with an A-list of stars including Aretha Franklin, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Prince, James Taylor, Anita Baker, Queen Latifah, Ne-Yo, Barry Manilow, T.I., Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Hudson and Quincy Jones.
Ray also brought his musical genius to Carnegie Hall with the sold out “A Night Of Inspiration,” which featured Shirley Caesar, Kurt Carr, Michael McDonald, Bebe and Cece Winans, a 123 voice mass choir and a 53 piece orchestra. Maestro Chew has conducted “A Tribute to Motown,” as well as Donald Trump’s “Miss USA” and “Miss Universe” pageants, among other award shows for the BET network. Ray also orchestrated and conducted a 63 piece orchestra for “The Diary of Alicia Keys” farewell tour at LA’s Hollywood Bowl.
Ray has been featured on over 100 award winning Gold and Platinum recordings. He has served as a trustee of NARAS, and currently sits on it’s New York Chapter Board. Meanwhile, he still finds time to make his own great music. Ray Chew’s latest release is titled “Feeling It” and is available at www.raychew.com.
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This year’s entertainment line up includes Erykah Badu, Wayne Brady, Brandy, Mint Condition, Jimmy Jam, Alicia Keys, Ledisi and several others.
T.D. Jakes, Halle Berry basketball legend Lisa Leslie and music executive Clarence Avant will be among the many honored for making an impact in their respective industries.
Also, iconic diva and philanthropist Chaka Khan (pictured) is being celebrated for 40 years in music and entertainment.
Kicking off during black history month, BET Honors – hosted by Gabrielle Union - will take place on Feb. 11.