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Undiscovered gospel singers from across the nation seek high praise.
This scripted drama combines fictional and real-life characters and moments to tell the story of a young, ambitious and troubled entrepreneur who created "Soul Train," one of the most predominant television shows for African-American culture. Set in the early 1970s and filled with music, dance, fashion and glamour, the series reveals what it took to launch the first nationally-syndicated black music show and what happened when the music stopped. Through it all, 30-something Don Cornelius sacrifices all that he loves to follow his dream.
Written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry, "The Oval" is a political drama series on BET. It tells the story of U.S President Hunter Franklin and first lady Victoria Franklin, a power-hungry interracial couple, who present a perfect facade to the world while indulging in wildly scandalous behavior behind closed doors. Not to be outdone, their children -- Gayle and Jason -- bring their own brands of volatility and excess to the Executive Residence. The soap opera-style series also tells the stories of White House staff members whose lives become intertwined with those of the first family. Head butler Richard Hallsen is an ex-serviceman who struggles to maintain his integrity in the face of greed and corruption. In "The Oval," Tyler Perry supercharges the political genre with off-the-charts levels of scandal, sex, depravity, and betrayal.
A three-part miniseries, "The New Edition Story" follows the R&B/pop group from their humble beginnings as kids in Boston to global mega-stardom -- weathering the highs and lows of controversy, personnel changes, and the ultimate cost of fame. In 1978, 11-year-old Bobby Brown convinces friends Ricky Bell, Mike Bivins and Ralph Tresvant to perform in local talent shows. The boys are discovered soon after, sign a record deal, and produce their first No. 1 hit, "Candy Girl." Years later, tension within the group forces dramatic changes -- Bobby Brown is kicked out -- and New Edition is never the same.
The Los Angeles Devils provide plenty of highlights as pro basketball's top team, but it's the heat generated by the league's premiere dance squad, the Devil Girls, that has everyone's attention. The players now share the entertainment spotlight in the City of Angels with the dancers, and with that attention comes fame, money, power and sex. It's an alluring world for Ahsha, a sheltered young woman who joins the team against the wishes of her mother, Sloane, who -- having been a Devil Girl herself -- knows whereof she speaks. The team's star, ruthless Jelena, does not suffer lightly any competition to her standing; its director, Olivia, has turned the Devil Girls into a multimillion-dollar empire thanks to her crafty ways; and on the outside looking in is coach Davenport, a former all-star who returns to the sidelines of his old team but has to contend with the girls hogging the limelight and distracting his players.
Hip-hop's peak years are generally considered to encompass the 1990s, a rise that coincided with Death Row Records becoming one of the most notorious labels in the genre's history. This docuseries presents a warts-and-all history of Death Row, which was built by CEO Suge Knight into a multimillion-dollar company thanks to a legendary talent roster led by Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg. Series highlights include never-before-seen footage, a firsthand interview with someone who witnessed Shakur's murder in 1996, and comments from former Death Row artists and other key players in the label's rise and downfall.
From the team that produced the critically acclaimed "The New Edition Story," the top cable biopic of all time, comes the four-hour miniseries "The Bobby Brown Story." It picks up where its predecessor left off, delving into the stellar rise, near demise, and redemption of the founding member of the R&B supergroup New Edition. Brown's life epitomizes the meaning of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. His hits may have kept him at the top of the charts, but his antics kept his name in the headlines. Woody McClain reprises his role as Bobby Brown, painting a picture of the young performer's struggles with stardom as a solo artist.
Hip-hop power couple Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka'Oir document preparations for what BET describes as the most extravagant celebrity wedding of the year. There's plenty to accomplish before rapper Gucci and wellness entrepreneur Keyshia tie the knot, beyond the usual tasks of finalizing bridal parties and securing last-minute reservations. The soon-to-be newlyweds work hard to blend their families, which proves to be a struggle. While Gucci promotes his latest album and preps for the release of his tell-all autobiography, Keyshia leans on her crew of close-knit celebrity girlfriends to help pull off the wedding of her dreams, all the while continuing to build her makeup empire.
Hip-hop record producer Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo redefines the music genre in a completely new way for television. "Tales," described by BET as a scripted anthology series of "song stories," uses lyrics of hip-hop songs and reimagines them into mini-movies, each featuring a unique director, screenwriter and cast.
"The Westbrooks" introduces viewers to five sisters who are following in the footsteps of reality TV kingpins, the Kardashians. Social media savvy teenager India Love is not only the Westbrooks' youngest member, but also its most popular -- if the measure of such acclaim is having more than 1 million Instagram followers -- and BET says she is just as famous for her stunning looks as she is for her "stuck-up ways." By chronicling their daily lives online, the sisters caught the eyes of advertisers, and now their online personalities are moving from smartphone screens to the small screen. Aspiring model Crystal is India Love's biggest rival; plus-size model Bree preaches loving oneself; "goofy" Morgan promotes music, including her own, as well as her growing enthusiasm for motorcycles; and mom-of-three Brooke is known as the black sheep of the family and has always felt like an outsider.
The social and professional lives of Brooklyn's hottest artists, influencers and tastemakers.
As the first all-female rap group to attain gold and platinum status, Salt-N-Pepa's legacy was secure long before landing their biggest career accomplishment to date -- a residency in Las Vegas. Preparations for what is being called their "opportunity of a lifetime" led to the ambitious decision to launch a national tour in collaboration with 1990s R&B group SWV. The stakes are high and reputations are at stake, and "Ladies Night" follows as SNP, their one-time member DJ Spinderella, and SWV scramble to meet expectations and deadlines. Will individual personalities, group egos and personal conflicts prevent the ladies from creating, choreographing and executing a national tour?
Written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry, Sistas" follows a group of single black women as they navigate the ups-and-downs of modern life, which includes careers, friendships, romances, and even social media. The comedy-drama series features Andi Barnes, an ambitious divorce lawyer, Danni King, a funny and fearless airport employee, Karen Mott, a street-smart hair salon owner, and Sabrina Hollins, a smart and stylish bank teller. The TV show takes viewers on a roller coaster ride of emotions and moments that epitomize "squad goals."
From rapper/actor Snoop Dogg to music executive/fashion designer Damon Dash, "Music Moguls" showcases the infamous lives of some of the most recognized names in the industry on their rise to the top. Profiles depict men who bring a unique blend of smarts and creativity to the stage, boardroom, and streets while they try to balance family obligations with endless demands of their jobs. From grooming new talent to building new empires, these moguls are primed to do whatever they need to do to stay at the top of the game.
Fueled by romance, friendship, gender politics, love and of course, sex, this half-hour serialized comedy continues the story from the same-named 1992 American romantic comedy film, in which a successful executive finds out his boss is a bigger deviant than he is. The updated version follows the lives of Jacqueline Boyer's son, Bryson, and Marcus and Angela Graham's daughter, Simone, as they try to step out of their parents' shadows and create their own legacies. Viewers see a group of childhood friends as adults who are looking to build careers as marketing professionals, while navigating their feelings for one another.