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BET Awards To Celebrate 2 Decades Virtually On June 29

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The BET Awards will move forward with its 2020 edition this year, albeit virtually. Celebrating the network’s 40th anniversary, and the Awards’ 20 years on the air, top stars in black entertainment, sports and philanthropy will appear on Sunday, June 28 via “innovative techniques and artist-generated content,” BET revealed on May 20.

The three-day BET Experience, which has taken place in Los Angeles as a lead-up to the big night, has been called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will return in 2021. Refunds are available with the cancelation.

Nominations will be announced on a later date. Overseeing the BET Awards is Connie Orlando, evp specials, music programming and music strategy at BET, who also serves as executive producer along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

“The BET Awards are a seminal event – the biggest celebration of Black culture, Black accomplishment, Black excellence, and Black potential,” said Scott Mills, president of BET. “Our community, and the many millions who love Black culture, look to the BET Awards for signature moments of enrichment, entertainment and empowerment.  Recognizing the unique role the BET Awards plays for so many, and the challenging times we find ourselves in, we know it was more important than ever to deliver the BET Awards in 2020.”

“At BET, we place the health and safety of attendees, staff, vendors, and partners first, which is why the biggest night in black entertainment will go on implementing this innovative production direction,“ added Orlando. “For the past 20 years, The BET Awards have paid homage to all things now and relevant. Despite the challenges of today, we will deliver a show filled with larger than life, inspiring, empowering and entertaining moments, which have shown the magic of our culture for over two decades.”

The 2019 awards featured appearances by Cardi B, Lil Nas X (pictured), Migos and Tyler Perry, among others, and was hosted by Regina Hall.

BET is a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc.

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Ghana Music Awards – UK Succumb To Conorav¡rus; 5th Edition Postponed To 2021

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UK – July 9, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – After a series of engagements with the government, stakeholders and security agencies on the best practice for this year’s event, in the wake of the novel corona-virus pandemic, the board and planning committee organizers of the prestigious awards scheme have regrettably annulled this season’s edition of the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a news release signed by Ekow Anderson – Head of Ghana Music Awards’, UK planning and advisory board, there have been restrictions curtailing public events and gatherings in the UK, and the rest of the world, explaining that, Since mid-March, the music industry and creative arts in general, have been affected by this deadly pandemic

The statement added that, as an organization, they are very much concerned about this uncomfortable situation and the lives of their patrons and the general public as a whole and it is crucial at this moment to let their musicians, stakeholders, well-wishers and the general public know that they are watching closely, the measures that have been instituted by the NHS and the government in curbing the spread of Codvid-19, and are optimistic that, in 2021, the road would have been cleared for a successful 5th edition of the awards.

The organizers of the event also took the opportunity to commiserate with the families of COVID-19 victims. They also urged the general public to abide by preventive protocols by health officials and governments around the world.

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David Gyasi Joins The Oscar’s Academy Class of 2020 for The Oscars

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil star, David Gyasi is among the 819 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2020.

Long criticised for its lack of diversity, the Academy says the 2020 class is 45% women, 36% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities and 49% international from 68 countries.

“The Academy is delighted to welcome these distinguished fellow travelers in the motion picture arts and sciences. We have always embraced extraordinary talent that reflects the rich variety of our global film community, and never more so than now,” said Academy President David Rubin.

Four years ago, the Academy set specific inclusion goals as part of its A2020 initiative to double the number of women and underrepresented ethnic and racial communities by 2020. In announcing the 2020 class, the Academy stated it has surpassed both these goals.

David Kwaku Asamoah Gyasi is a British actor of Ghanaian descent. He is best known for his roles in Cloud Atlas and Interstellar, where he portrayed Romilly in the latter. Gyasi also appeared in The Dark Knight Rises as the skinny prisoner.

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Nigerian Actor, Genevive Nnaji, Officially Joins Oscars Voting Team

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Genevieve Nnaji – a Nigerian actor, producer, and director has joined 819 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, thus far, the Academy surpasses goal to double number of women and the underrepresented ethnic/ racial communities.

The 2020 class is 45% women, 36% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 49% international from 68 countries. There are 75 Oscar® nominees, including 15 winners, and five recipients of Scientific and Technical Awards. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2020.

“The Academy is delighted to welcome these distinguished fellow travelers in the motion picture arts and sciences. We have always embraced extraordinary talent that reflects the rich variety of our global film community, and never more so than now,” said Academy President David Rubin.

In 2016, the Academy set specific inclusion goals as part of its A2020 initiative to double the number of women and underrepresented ethnic/racial communities by 2020. Through dedicated and intentional work by the Board of Governors and members on the branch executive committees, the Academy has surpassed both these goals.

The Academy recently announced the next phase of its equity and inclusion initiative, Academy Aperture 2025, which will further the organization’s ongoing efforts to advance inclusion in the entertainment industry and increase representation within its membership and the greater film community. The initial phase of Academy Aperture 2025 outlined specific goals for the Oscars® and Academy governance, membership, and workplace culture.

“We take great pride in the strides we have made in exceeding our initial inclusion goals set back in 2016, but acknowledge the road ahead is a long one. We are committed to staying the course. I cannot give enough thanks to all our members and staff who worked on the A2020 initiative and to our head of Member Relations and Awards, Lorenza Muñoz, for her leadership and passion in guiding us through to this point and helping to set the path going forward. We look forward to continuing to foster an Academy that reflects the world around us in our membership, our programs, our new Museum, and in our awards,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.

Eight individuals (noted by an asterisk) have been invited to join the Academy by multiple branches. These individuals must select one branch upon accepting membership. Additionally, the membership status of all Artists’ Representatives (agents) will change from Associates to Members-at-Large. As Members-at-Large, agents will now have Oscars voting privileges.

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In 2019, Academy rejected director Genevieve Nnanji’s Lionheart, Nigeria’s entry for last year’s Best International Feature Film award, for its predominantly English dialogue after, in April, the Academy changed the name of their “Foreign Language Film Award” to the “International Feature Film Award,” effective as of the 92nd Academy Awards.

The name change, however, did not reflect a change to the category’s rules, which require “a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.” Per reports, Lionheart reportedly contains approximately 12 minutes that feature Igbo, with the rest of the film in English.

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BET’20: Rema Loses Debut Award Plaque To East Africa’s Sha Sha

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HARARE – June 29, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – ZIMBABWEAN songstress Sha Sha – born Charmaine Mapimbiro is the toast of Africa on Monday after she walked away with the Viewers Choice Best New International Act at the prestigious 2020 BET awards. The songstress signed to DJ Maphorisa’s Blaqboy record label in 2018, and has featured on several hits with Maphorisa and DJ Kabza de Small.

The BET awards are known to showcase the best and most beautiful aspects of the Black experience. The awards are courtesy of the Black Entertainment Television, the most prominent television network targeting African American audiences in the United States.

2020 marked the 20th anniversary of the event and BET’s 40th anniversary making it a special edition altogether. The 26-year-old was up against Rema from Nigeria, Celeste from the United Kingdom, Young T and Bugsey from the United Kingdom, Hatik from France and Stacy from France.

Her chances of securing the award were not sure, but she was already a winner because the nomination in itself was a significant approval of her music. The Tender Love hitmaker was unveiled as a winner early this morning as the awards took place virtually due to the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic.

Zimbabwe’s international act and South Africa based Amapiano singer did the nation proud as she put Zimbabwe on the global map despite setbacks back home. She was among the class of 2020 at the BET Awards including the likes of Beyonce, Meagan Thee Stallion and a host of others.

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