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Friday, June 24, 2011


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More Performers Added to BET Awards Line Up

LOS ANGELES, June 23, 2011 -- Queen Latifah, Bruno Mars, Ledisi, Justin Bieber, Gladys Knight, Nicki Minaj, Taraji P. Henson, Big Sean, and Ne-Yo join previously announced stars Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle, Steve Harvey, Kelly Rowland, Trey Songz, Lil Wayne, Drake, Chris Brown, Alicia Keys, Cee Lo Green, Jill Scott, Rick Ross, Ace Hood, DJ Khaled, La La Anthony, Shirley Caesar, Donnie McClurkin, Mary Mary, Deitrick Haddon, Faithful Central Choir, Music Matters artists Mali Music and Kimberly Nichole, and host Kevin Hart at this year's BET AWARDS '11.

Nick Cannon will join 106 & PARK hosts Terrence and Rocsi for "Live Red and Ready," a LIVE red carpet edition of 106 & PARK. Before Kevin Hart kicks off the Awards show from inside LA's Shrine Auditorium at 8 p.m.*, viewers will be treated to special, pre-show performances outside by Miguel, Swizz Beatz & Eve, Lloyd, Lil Twist, Diggy Simmons, YC, Mindless Behavior with Tyga, and Internet sensation Karmin, along with exclusive celebrity interviews, beginning at 6 p.m.* on BET. 106 & PARK former hosts Free and Tigger will host the BET AWARDS '11 post-show, "The After Party Live," directly following the Awards telecast on Sunday, June 26 at 11 p.m.*

For the first time in BET AWARDS history, the BET AWARDS '11 Social Media Lounge will be integrated into the LIVE broadcast. Hosted by La La Anthony, the Social Media Lounge will provide viewers with up-to-the-second BET AWARDS '11 updates from Twitter and Facebook along with exclusive celebrity interviews.

For continuous BET AWARDS '11 updates and to view a complete list of Awards nominees, please visit: www.bet.com/BETAWARDS, www.twitter.com/BETAWARDS (hash tag: #BETAWARDS) and Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/TheBETAWARDS.

*All times are ET/PT.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011


By Mona Austin

In what appears to be an unprecedented gesture, Bishop Paul S. Morton, founder of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship (FGBCF) that ordained Eddie Long as Bishop, has openly rebuked him for remaining completely mum after settling a sexual coercion scandal involving four young men from his church, New Birth Cathedral (New Birth) in Georgia. To date Long, who is under a gag order, has not so much as offered parishioners, the community or the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship an acknowlegement, apology or admission of innocence or guilt about the allegedly licentious relationships.

An audio recording of Morton addressing the matter in a Father's Day message appeared on You Tube. (View video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFjkcauYEGg&feature=player_embedded)

Indicating Long stopped returning his phone calls, Morton said in the recording, ". . . Tell me something. Those that have stood with you. Tell us something. Tell your church something. We all make mistakes and come short of the glory of God, but tell us something. . . I know there's a gag order, but you can apologize."

Morton rebuked Long and said the embattled pastor must repent if he wants forgiveness, based on the authority of scripture (Luke 17: 3-4).

"I can't forgive somebody that does not repent," said Morton, pastor of Greater St. Stephens FGBCF in New Orleans.

Reportedly members are leaving New Birth in droves. Bishop Morton understandably wants the pastor he promoted to Bishop to take responsibility for the fall out.

Despite the public outrage over the case, this may be the first time since the ordeal surfaced last September that a senior church leader has publicly called for accountability and outright decried Long's nonchalance. In fact, shortly after the settlement, friend and fellow Georgia-based pastor Creflo Dollar declared his support for Long and urged members who left New Birth to return because as Dollar put it, Long is "still anointed."

In contrast, politicians had a ready answer when the sex scandal bug struck now former Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY). Weiner's Democratic colleagues did not hesitate to request much more than an apology, but a resignation.

By the same token, in 2006 church over-seers insisted that Pastor Tedd Haggard leave New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO amid allegations of a gay tryst.

We do not know if other clergy have asked Bishop Long to step down, but considering the swift intervention of peers in similar cases, the legnth of time it has taken for an authority figure in the chruch to address the moral and spiritual aspect of this scandal is unusual.

This lag may be a sign that "The Black Church" at large lacks a system of restoration protocol or corrective actions for recalcitrant leaders.

At last, Bishop Morton has made his position known formally and is asking Long to face the consequences of the allegations.

Sounding flustered, Morton continued during the Father's Day address "The settlement has already been made. They can't sue you again. Some people are gonna stay with you some people are going to leave, but you gotta leave that up to God. Those are the consequences for the sins that we do."

For those who are saying Long's actions are a blow to the"Body of Christ" Morton's reproof has been a long time coming, but better late than never.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Show to broadcast live at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 26
Chris Brown leads the 2011 BET Awards with 6 nominations.

We're counting down to the hottest  party - uhm, award show - ever televised.  In just 4 days Rick Ross, DJ Khaled and Ace Hood will join BeyoncĂ©, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Trey Songz, Lil Wayne, Drake, Chris Brown, Jill Scott and Alicia Keys as performers at the 11th Annual BET AWARDS.

Gospel performances will also be in full affect with Mary Mary, Shirley Caesar, Donnie McClurkin and Deitrck Haddon and the Faithful Central Mass Choir on the ticket.
(FYI. . .The nominees for the Best Gospel Artist are Byron Cage, Mary Mary, Deitrick Haddon, Karen Clark Sheard and BeBe and CeCe Winans.)

In addition to the stellar lineup, Cee Lo Green (NBC’s “The Voice”) will make a special appearance at this year’s Awards. Reportedly Justin Bieber will also make an appearance in some capacity.

Lady Marmalade herself, Patti Labelle and Comedy King Steve Harvey are the special honorees this year.
With his emotional MJ tribute perfromance from last year's BET Awards still etched in our minds, Chris Brown leads the nominees with six nods.The Slice will bring you real time coverage of this blazing affair from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles right here on Sunday, June 26.  It's a Black Music Month Celebration!

Other big nominations for the night include Lil Wayne with five,  Kanye , Drake and Rihanna, with four each.
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