BET DIGITAL’S JULY PROGRAMMING NOTE: THREE-PART ORIGINAL DOCU-SERIES “VIXEN”  PREMIERES TUESDAY, JULY 10 AT 11 AM ET ON BET.COM,  THE BET NOW APP AND BET’s YOUTUBE CHANNEL

07/09/18

New Web Series “Excess”, “Black To Life”, “Famously Arrested” and Fresh content from “50 Central”, “I Went Viral”, BETxBeautyCon’s Exclusive Partnership and More Launch this July!


NEW YORK, NY – July 10, 2018 – This July BET Networks continues to bring the digital heat! BET Digital blazed social timelines on multiple platforms with the culture-defining 2018 "BET AWARDS" which now reigns as the #1 Most Social Cable Awards Show Year-To-Date for the second consecutive year. BET Digital’s metrics in June soared across its sites and apps with video streams up to an impressive +158% vs last year across all Social and Digital platformsand 108 % across BET’s TV-Everywhere and connected devices. BET Digital shows no signs of slowing down with new original premieres including a new three-part docu-series “VIXEN” that examines the rise and fall of the video vixen era.


BET Digital Programming and activations for July include:


“VIXEN” premieres Tuesday, July 10-July 13 on BET.com, BET’s YouTube Channel and BET Now App at 11 AM ET

BET Digital’s three-part original documentary “VIXEN” will examine the rise and fall of the Vixen Era through exclusive, candid interviews with directors, artists, journalists and – of course- the vixens themselves. “VIXEN” looks at the evolution of hip-hop during a tumultuous time in history, through the lens of the video models whose experiences reflect the highs and lows of the culture and features exclusive interviews with Melyssa Ford, Karrine Steffans, Gloria Velez, Buffie The Body, Lola Monroe, Yaris Sanchez, Stephanie Santiago and Rosa Acosta. Interviews with Director X, Dr. Teeth, Sha Money XL, Amina Diop, Datwon Thomas, Kim Osorio, Adelle Henderson and more are also featured in the docuseries. Watch and share the exclusive trailer from “VIXEN” HERE:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzCM7nIwMhk

VIXENInterview highlights include:

Gloria Velez: “I think in hip hop and in music in general especially the urban market, they never really talk highly of women ever. Country music is lovey dovey and they praise their women. Latin music, salsa, meringue, they praise they women's beauty. In Hip Hop not so much. We get used to it. We bop our heads and we rap along even though if they're dissing us calling us hoes or whatever because it's what we grew up on. We became acceptable of it. It just got worse.”


Melyssa Ford: “I became like the blueprint like the foundation of video modeling so to speak. I wasn't trying to do that. It just happened.”


Karrine Stephens: “I did videos for a year, actually less than a year. That's it, it was less than a year but I'm the most memorable video girl there ever was.”


“Excess” Launches Wednesday, July 11 on BET.com & BET Networks’ YouTube channel at 11 AM ET

This eight-episode series features social media star, Pio Laditingancia, testing out the finer things in life. Whether it’s breaking down the customization of Nas’ Mercedes 1988 E190 or testing a $20,000 EMS body training suit, Pio is allowing you to live vicariously through his expensive adventures.Watch and share the exclusive trailer from “Excess” HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch? #ExcessWithPio


“Famously Arrested” Launches Tuesday, July 17 on BET.com & BET Networks’ YouTube channel at 10 AM ET

Life comes at you fast. In this four-episode comedy series, celebrities including Orlando Brown (That’s So Raven), Althea Hart (Love & Hip Hop), Mozzy (Rapper) and Saniy’yah Samaa (Basketball Wives) recall zany arrest stories that have resulted in them walking a straight and narrow path.


“Black To Life” Launches Tuesday, July 24 on BET.com & BET Networks’ YouTube channel at 11 AM ET
Social media comedian Jessie Woo hosts the new eight-episode game show that tests contestants on black culture.


“I Went Viral” Launches Friday, July 27 on BET.com & BET Networks’ YouTube channel at 11 AM ET

Tay Zonday, Antoine Dodson, Nick Fraser and James Wright what do they all have in common? They ALL went viral! With over 3 Million video views the blockbuster franchise returns with a new batch on viral sensations ready to overshare their 15 minutes of fame. #IWentViral

Watch and share the “I Went Viral” episode featuring Nick Fraser of the “Why You Always Lyin” viral video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?


“50 Central” Streams Wednesdays at 10:30 AM ET on BET’s Facebook Watch, BET.com, the BET Now App, and BET’s YouTube Channel

BET is giving viewers MORE access to its irreverent content by adding never-before-aired episodes of its original series “50 Central” exclusively to its digital platforms. With over 24 million video views across BET’s digital platforms, award-winning rapper, entrepreneur, actor and producer, the iconic Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, takes variety and sketch comedy to the next level. Returning cast members Mark Harley, Tristen Winger, Vince Swann, Jasmin Brown and Kiya Roberts, join 50 Cent in unprecedented sketches, hidden camera pranks, musical performances, and celebrity guests to create the ultimate digital party. Available whenever, wherever and on any device, the acclaimed variety and comedy series, feauture celebrity guests including Cedric The Entertainer, Ludacris, Tichina Arnold,Charlamagne The GodYandy Smith, DJ Self,and more! Facebook.com/50centralBET #50CentralBET

With over 650k views watch and share a clip featuring Charlamagne’s ‘Donkey Of the Day’-ish PRANK going Too Far here https://youtu.be/qpMwdj1xI9w .


 “Rate The Bars” – New Episodes Stream Mondays at 11 AM on BET.com & BET Networks’ YouTube channel

The original music series “Rate the Bars” features respected emcees rating lyrics from other artists with unfiltered honesty. The show presents lyrics unattached from their authors making the ratings of each song truly based on the quality of the bar without bias. New episodes of “Rate the Bars” will feature AZ, Rhymefest, Nick Grant,Uncle Murda and more. Watch the latest episode featuring Chicago rapper Vic Mensa ratings bars of top lyricists including Chance The Rapper and J. Cole here https://youtu.be/w_wtoF7BQ-g


 “I'll Apologize Later”– New Episodes Launch Every Friday in June on BET.com & BET Networks’ YouTube channel at 10:30 AM ET

"I'll Apologize Later" is a new visual podcast series on BET's YouTube Channel with host Mouse Jones! The series will showcase Mouse’s raw, unfiltered opinion with revealing celebrity interview where nothing is off-limits…he’ll apologize later! Previous celebrity guests include Mack Wilds, Desiigner, Nya Lee, Dream Doll,DJ Self, Andrew Schulz, Kid Furyand More!

Watch the latest episode featuring Kendall Kyndell, Jasmine Luv: https://youtu.be/-AGUA7b8DNE #IllApologizeLater


“BETxBeautycon”– Fresh New Beauty-focused Tutorials Return to BET.com/Style, the BET Now app and BET’s Instagram account @BET Daily

BET Digital and Beautycon return with more stunning visual and shareable videos beauty-focused tutorials dedicated to the African American beauty enthusiast. Featuring Black models and influencers of varying hair textures and skin tones, BET x Beautycon videos will showcase all of the latest trends and experimental makeup looks of the season.

Watch and share the short-form original step-by-step instructions on how to achieve some of today’s most creative, now on BET.com/Style.#BETxBeautycon.

* The Nielsen Company Fasties | Live + Same Day Data | For Highlighted Rankings: All Cable Telecasts with Type Code = Award Ceremony plus BET, CMT, ESPN, MTV, NICK Awards; Excludes Repeats, Pre-Shows & Post Shows; Does Not Aggregate Simulcast; All Ranked on ALL P18-49 Impressions (000)

** Social based on Nielsen Social Content Ratings, linear metrics. *1/1/18-6/24/18 excluding Instagram owned data. Digital based on Adobe Analytics, day of BET Awards and period of BET Experience, Awards/Experience content only across all platforms. Data retrieved 6/25/2018. “Same weekend” last year in reference to full BET Experience time period.

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