BET CELEBRATES THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS FOUNDATION’S 50th ANNUAL LEGISTLATIVE CONFERENCE (ALC) SIGNATURE EVENTS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 ON BET AND BET HER

09/15/21

Angela Bassett to host the “Phoenix Awards” with special performances by Chaka Khan, En Vogue, Jonathan McReynolds, Ledisi, Leela James, Mali Music, Rapsody, Stokley, and Wayne Brady.

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The Awards to honor Stacey Abrams, Secretary of Defense Lloyd James Austin III, Dr. Joan Coker  and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia L. Fudge
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April Ryan to moderate the “Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) National Town Hall” with esteemed panelists CBC Chair, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty; ALC 50 honorary co-chairs, U.S. Representatives Anthony Brown and Lisa Blunt Rochester, Procter & Gamble Chief Communications Officer, Damon Jones,
CEO of DoSomething.org, DeNora Getachew, Black Information Network President, Tony Coles
, and activist, educator, organizer, writer and MSNBC analyst,Brittany Packnett Cunningham
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BET to recognize the third Friday of each September asNational Black Voter Day”


New York, NY September 15, 2021– BET celebrates and empowers the Black community with an impactful civic discussion and celebration of Black excellence on Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.’s (CBCF) “Foundation Friday.” BET will broadcast two CBCF Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) signature events for the second consecutive year. BET with the National Urban League and several partners, including CBCF, Inc., has recognized the third Friday of each September as “National Black Voter Day,” to acknowledge the power of Black communities in creating the futures we deserve. The “Congressional Black Caucus Foundation National Town Hall” and the “Phoenix Awards” premiere Friday, September 17 starting at 7 PM ET/PT, on BET and BET Her. Watch and share the promo: https://www.bet.com/video/phoenix-awards/2021/exclusives/get-ready-for-a-night-of-black-empowerment-and-excellence.html 


The “Congressional Black Caucus Foundation National Town Hall” premiering at 7 PM ET/PT on BET and BET Her:

(From L-R: Black Information Network President, Tony Coles, CEO of DoSomething.org, DeNora Getachew. Moderator and political analyst April Ryan, Procter & Gamble Chief Communications Officer, Damon Jones; and activist, educator, organizer, writer and MSNBC analyst, Brittany Packnett Cunningham.)


The National Town Hall gathers renowned thought leaders to discuss the importance of creating a Black agenda, honoring Black voices in a democracy, and addressing the most pressing issues for the Black community today. The discussion, moderated by journalist April Ryan, includes segments on health equity, education, voting rights, and criminal justice. Panelists and speakers including Congressional Black Caucus Chair, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty; ALC 50 honorary co-chairs, U.S. Representatives Anthony Brown and Lisa Blunt Rochester; Procter & Gamble Chief Communications Officer, Damon Jones; CEO of DoSomething.org, DeNora Getachew; Black Information Network President, Tony Coles, and activist, educator, organizer, writer and MSNBC analyst, Brittany Packnett Cunningham.


The “Phoenix Awards” premiering at 8 PM ET/PT on BET and BET Her:


“The Phoenix Awards” host Angela Bassett”


Angela Bassett will host the virtual annual Phoenix Awards ceremony, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to society. Past Phoenix Award honorees have included President Barack Obama, civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton, Secretary Hillary Clinton, activist Tamika Mallory, and the late U.S. Representative John Lewis. This year’s virtual Phoenix awards will feature a lineup of notable speakers and presenters including remarks by President Joseph R. Biden. A star-studded lineup of musical performances will feature: En Vogue, Leela James, Wayne Brady, Ledisi, Mali Music and Jonathan McReynolds, Stokley, Rapsody, and Chaka Khan.


The members of the Congressional Black Caucus will be honored for their service, accomplishments, and efforts to eliminate the many disparities that continue to exist for millions of Black Americans including Stacey Abrams, Secretary of Defense Lloyd James Austin III, Dr. Joan Coker and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. This year, the ceremony will also celebrate 50 years of the Congressional Black Caucus.


About The CBCF Annual Legislative Conference (ALC):

The CBCF Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) is the leading public policy convening on issues impacting African Americans. ALC 50, the second Annual Legislative Conference held in a virtual format, will reach, engage, educate, and mobilize a widespread segment of the global Black community.


ALC 50, held September 12 – 17, will include more than 30 issue forums and brain trusts with Congressional Black Caucus members serving as honorary session hosts; an Emerging Leaders Series; celebrity entertainment; the virtual Black Party; and the Day of Healing. CBCF signature events include the National Town Hall and the Phoenix Awards ceremony.


Registration for ALC 50 can be completed at cbcfinc.org/alc. To receive detailed ALC updates, special guest announcements, registration information, and programming updates in the coming weeks, subscribe to receive the e-newsletter and follow @CBCFinc on Twitter and Instagram using the official hashtags #ALC50 and #FoundationFriday.


About “National Black Voter Day”

Voting is about exercising our power, because nothing about us should ever be determined without us. The “National Black Voter Day” campaign is anchored in changing the face of America to empower our communities to get involved and make positive outcomes for disenfranchised groups on a national scale. BET is committed to activating our communities to reclaim our votes-and our voices. Reclaim Your Vote NOW at BET.com/Vote



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ABOUT THE CBCF

Established in 1976, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public policy, research, and educational institute committed to advancing the global Black community by developing leaders, informing policy, and educating the public. For more information, visit cbcfinc.org.


ABOUT BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), 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 is in 125 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET+, the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience; BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, 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.

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Chloe Duverge         

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For Congressional Black Caucus Foundation:

Dr. Erica Southerland

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