BET News original documentary
“Through the Fire: The Legacy of Barack Obama”

Premieres January 19 at 7 pm ET

Samuel L. Jackson,, Regina Hall, Common

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NEW YORK (January 17, 2017) – On November 4, 2008, the nation swore in its first African-American president, shattering immeasurable barriers and opening a new door of opportunities for America. Barack Obama’s election into presidency was no small feat. For the subsequent eight years while the world watched, President Obama cemented a legacy that will go down in the annals of American History. From domestic policies to foreign affairs, the Obama administration used the office of presidency to help restore America’s reputation as a world leader. As the First Family prepares to bid the White House adieu, BET Networks celebrates and reflects on President Barack Obama’s leadership with a month-long series of documentaries and specials, culminating in a full day of special programming honoring the Obamas.

BET Presents “Through the Fire: The Legacy of Barack Obama” (original premiere) this documentary explores the historic election of America’s first African-American president and his consequential two-terms in office. Blending archival footage with a diverse array of provocative interviews with the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Common, Usher, Russell Simmons, Mellody Hobson, Van Jones, Valerie Jarrett, Questlove and many more, EMMY award winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson reveals the challenges and triumphs of Barack Obama’s unique presidency and powerful legacy. Narrated by actor/activist Jesse Williams, “Through the Fire” premieres January 19th at 7pm ET.

BET Life of: The Obamas (original premiere) along the Obama presidential timeline, BET showcased instances of the grace, pride, leadership and influence personified by the President and First Lady; from Michelle being featured on BET platforms like “106 & Park”, “Black Girls Rock” and “BET Honors” to Barack sitting with Jeff Johnson to discuss significant issues in the black community, celebrating the anniversary of the historic Selma to Montgomery march and engaging our youth in various town halls. Host Marc Lamont Hill highlights these notable appearances in “BET Life of: The Obamas” and brings you the top moments from the last concert at the White House hosted by the Obamas. This special premieres January 19 at 4pm ET.

Love and Happiness: An Obama Celebration (repeat) Ain’t no party like a BET party…at The White House! The First Family invited viewers into their home for an unforgettable star-studded musical celebration. Hosted by Regina Hall and Terrence J., the evening was filled with special performances and memorable moments from John Legend, Bell Biv DeVoe, Angela Bassett, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae and others. This special airs January 19th at 8am and 11pm on BET.

Be sure to follow @BET on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for special photos and video thankyous from celebrities who have been personally impacted by President Obama and his leadership. And join the live tweeting on January 19th using #ThankYouObama.

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B sted 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 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.



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