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BET To Host Annual Award Show Virtually.

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COV!D-19 has forced the cancellation of many events, festivals, and celebrations, but not The BET Awards. The annual award show will be hosted virtually amidst the COV!D-19 pandemic. BET will join a number of live shows such as American Idol, which have continued to run their broadcast under quarantine.

The week of the BET Awards is typically an entire extravaganza, celebrating Black excellence in entertainment, sports, tech, and entrepreneurship, culminated by the award show, called the BET Experience. The network continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary and 20th year anniversary for the BET Awards. What are you looking forward to at the first virtual BET Awards?

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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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Avance Media partners Woodin & Verna to Release 2020 Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers Ranking

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GREATER ACCRA – Monday, May 25, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Leading PR and Rating agency in Africa, Avance Media is poised to announce the second edition of its popular list of top Ghanaian Bloggers, dubbed the 2020 Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers. As part of this year’s release, Avance Media will be partnering Woodin to award the Top 10 Bloggers on the list with special products from the premier fashion brand.

The announcement will be made via WatsUp TV channel which will be aired on Tuesday 26th May, 2020 on EBN Channel at 11 AM and will characterized by a discussion with some of the honouree bloggers. The announcement will also be made via a video broadcast on Social Media by Managing Director of Avance Media, Prince Akpah.

Speaking about the upcoming ranking, core member of the research team, Felix G Korku, intimated that this year’s list will be a true reflection of the hard work of Ghanaian bloggers and their contribution to the development of journalism in Ghana. The 2020 Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers ranking is supported by Woodin, Verna Natural Mineral Water, McBerry Biscuits, WatsUp TV, Asuavo Security and ICS Africa.

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Ethiopia’s First Female Superhero Comic ‘Hawi’ Nominated for ‘Best Graphic Novel’

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Founder of Etan Comics and Ethiopian writer,Beserat Debebe, has been been nominated for this year’s NOMMO Awards for African Speculative Fiction for his Hawi comic in the category of “Best Graphic Novel”. The Nommo Awards are presented in four categories namely “Best Novel”, “Best Novella”, “Best Short Story” and “Best Graphic Novel”. Hawi is the first female comic to ever come out of Ethiopia. Additionally, Debebe’s Jember, which was the country’s first ever comic, made it onto the long-list in the same category.

Hawi, as described in OkayAfrica’s interview with Debebe, “centers a female superhero, a young Ethiopian woman named Ement Legesse, who is tasked with having to rescue her mother after she’s abducted. The colorful visuals are stunning and showcase Debebe’s talented team of African artists and their unique ability to capture the vibrancy of Ethiopia. A story about returning to one’s roots and having the courage to rise above the challenges that come with seeking reconciliation and belonging, it’s one we can all relate to whether literally or figuratively.”

Following its wildly successful kickstarter which covered the remaining costs of production, Hawi has become a beloved work of art not just for Ethiopians but Africans across the continent and the diaspora.

Speaking about the recent nomination, Debebe says, “This is incredible.” He adds that, “I loved fantasy stories but I’d never considered myself as a writer. All I wanted was to see a story with places I recognize and characters that think like me. To see this journey balloon from a simple “what if” into a community of passionate fans is exciting and motivating. Last year, Nnedi Okorafor took this award for writing Shuri (Marvel’s Black Panther). She is a Hugo-Award winner. To be recognized as a finalist in the same category as her means so much.”

Writers who have been nominated for the NOMMO Awards in the past include Akwaeke Emezi, Biram Mboob and T.L. Huchu among several others.

– Rufaro Samanga/Okay Africa

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Complete List of Winners for ‘Kids’ Choice Awards 2020: Celebrate Together’

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The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2020: Celebrate Together event took place on Saturday night.

While the celebrities couldn’t physically get together amid social distancing, they still brought plenty of star power and surprises for an epic virtual event. Dwayne Johnson, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Ellen DeGeneres, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Millie Bobby Brown, BTS, Lil Nas X, Dove Cameron, Tom Holland, David Dobrik, Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke and SSSniperWolf were just a few of the big names on the digital guest list. The Avengers: Endgame heroes—including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, and Jeremy Renner—also made appearances. But that’s not all! Segments featuring JoJo Siwa and Asher Angel aired, and Victoria Justice served as host.

TV

Favorite Kids TV Show
A Series of Unfortunate Events
All That
BUNK’D
WINNER: Henry Danger
Power Rangers Beast Morphers
Raven’s Home

Favorite Family TV Show
Fuller House
Modern Family
WINNER: Stranger Things
The Big Bang Theory
The Flash
Young Sheldon

Favorite Reality Show
WINNER: America’s Got Talent
American Ninja Warrior
America’s Funniest Home Videos
MasterChef Junior
The Masked Singer
The Voice

Favorite TV Host
WINNER: Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen’s Game of Games)
John Cena (Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?)
Nick Cannon (The Masked Singer)
Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)
Terry Crews (America’s Got Talent)
Tiffany Haddish (Kids Say the Darndest Things)

Favorite Female TV Star
Candace Cameron Bure (D.J. Tanner-Fuller, Fuller House)
Ella Anderson (Piper Hart, Henry Danger)
WINNER: Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven, Stranger Things)
Peyton List (Emma Ross, BUNK’D)
Raven-Symoné (Raven Baxter, Raven’s Home)
Riele Downs (Charlotte Page, Henry Danger)

Favorite Male TV Star
Abraham Rodriguez (Nate Silva/Gold Ranger, Power Rangers Beast Morphers)
Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair, Stranger Things)
WINNER: Jace Norman (Henry Hart/Kid Danger, Henry Danger)
Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory)
Joshua Bassett (Ricky, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series)
Karan Brar (Ravi Ross, BUNK’D)

Favorite Animated Series
ALVINNN!!! And The Chipmunks
WINNER: SpongeBob SquarePants
Teen Titans Go!
The Amazing World of Gumball
The Loud House
The Simpsons

Favorite Movie
Aladdin
WINNER: Avengers: Endgame
Captain Marvel
Jumanji: The Next Level
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Favorite Movie Actress
Angelina Jolie (Maleficent, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil)
Brie Larson (Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame)
WINNER: Dove Cameron (Mal, Descendants 3)
Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Avengers: Endgame)
Taylor Swift (Bombalurina, Cats)
Zendaya (MJ, Spider-Man: Far From Home)

Favorite Movie Actor
Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America, Avengers: Endgame)
Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Avengers: Endgame; Agent H, Men In Black: International)
WINNER: Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw; Dr. Smolder Bravestone, Jumanji: The Next Level)
Kevin Hart (Franklin ‘Mouse’ Finbar, Jumanji: The Next Level)
Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Far From Home)
Will Smith (Genie, Aladdin)

Favorite Superhero
Brie Larson (Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel, and Avengers: Endgame)
Chris Evans (Captain America, Avengers: Endgame)
Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Avengers: Endgame)
Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, Avengers: Endgame)
Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow, Avengers: Endgame)
WINNER: Tom Holland (Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Far From Home and Avengers: Endgame)

Favorite Animated Movie
WINNER: Frozen 2
The Angry Birds Movie 2
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
The Lion King
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Toy Story 4

Favorite Female Voice From an Animated Movie
WINNER: Beyoncé (Nala, The Lion King)
Idina Menzel (Elsa, Frozen 2)
Kristen Bell (Anna, Frozen 2)
Tiffany Haddish (Daisy, The Secret Life of Pets 2; Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part)

Favorite Male Voice From an Animated Movie
Chris Pratt (Emmet Brickowski /Rex Dangervest, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part)
WINNER: Josh Gad (Olaf, Frozen 2)
Kevin Hart (Snowball, The Secret Life of Pets 2)
Tom Hanks (Woody, Toy Story 4)

Favorite Female Artist
WINNER: Ariana Grande
Beyoncé
Billie Eilish
Katy Perry
Selena Gomez
Taylor Swift

Favorite Male Artist
Ed Sheeran
Justin Bieber
Lil Nas X
Marshmello
Post Malone
WINNER: Shawn Mendes

Favorite Music Group
WINNER: BTS
Fall Out Boy
Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5
Panic! At The Disco
The Chainsmokers

Favorite Song
“7 rings,” Ariana Grande
WINNER: “bad guy,” Billie Eilish
“Memories,” Maroon 5
“Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X
“Sucker,” Jonas Brothers
“You Need To Calm Down,” Taylor Swift

Favorite Music Collaboration
“10,000 Hours,” Justin Bieber and Dan + Shay
“I Don’t Care,” Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber
“ME!,” Taylor Swift, featuring Brendon Urie
“Old Town Road (Remix),” Lil Nas X, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
WINNER: “Señorita,” Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
“Sunflower,” Post Malone and Swae Lee

Favorite Breakout New Artist
City Girls
DaBaby
Lewis Capaldi
WINNER: Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Megan Thee Stallion

Favorite Global Music Star
BTS (Asia)
Dua Lipa (UK)
J Balvin (Latin America)
Rosalía (Europe)
Sho Madjozi (Africa)
WINNER: Taylor Swift (North America)
Tones and I (Australia)

Favorite Male Social Star
Coyote Peterson
WINNER: David Dobrik
Dolan Twins
Dude Perfect
MrBeast
Ryan’s World

Favorite Female Social Star
WINNER: Annie LeBlanc
Emma Chamberlain
Lilly Singh
Liza Koshy
Miranda Sings
Merrell Twins

Favorite Gamer
DanTDM
GamerGirl
Ninja
PrestonPlayz
WINNER: SSSniperWolf

Favorite Video Game
Fortnite
Mario Kart Tour
WINNER: Minecraft
Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate

Favorite Social Music Star
Asher Angel
Blanco Brown
Johnny Orlando
WINNER: JoJo Siwa
Mackenzie Ziegler (Kenzie)
Max and Harvey

Favorite Female Sports Star
WINNER: Alex Morgan
Lindsey Vonn
Megan Rapinoe
Naomi Osaka
Serena Williams
Simone Biles

Favorite Male Sports Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
WINNER: LeBron James
Patrick Mahomes
Shaun White
Stephen Curry
Tom Brady

2020 Generation Change Award
WINNER: LeBron James

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