Dark Times for BET Hip-Hop Awards – Black Carpet

By Ibrahim Malik

I’m glad BET did a black carpet because last night’s BET HIP HOP Awards show black carpet was a red carpet’s funeral and leading the procession was WORST Dressed Diamond  giving “Ho in Morning” tease and Rick Ross embodied the entire sky. I swear I commend anyone who writes a best and worst dressed list for the BET Awards because I want to give them all “F’s”. Seriously, Did we expect an eye-catching “Black Carpet” with absentee Divas like Beyoncé, Rihanna, or Nicki Minaj or even the Faux Divas Ciara or Keri Hilson. Diamond looked like a combination of Black swan and the wicked witch of the South. It makes me think WWRD = ‘WhatWouldRihannaDo”? for her Rated R album.  Wale <> Let’s give him three claps that his dreds finally reached his shoulders but #Lowkey he was looking sexy.

Diana Ross needed to come get her kids; Closet Case Evan Ross was serving Homeless Chic, while his big sister Tracee Ellis Ross was “Almost” Best Dressed. She had a great outfit but just decided to steal some horseshoes and painted the bottom red LONGhairREDbottoms. Tracee’s co-star Malcolm-Jamal Warner was a breath of fresh air for the guys with a youthful clean look, definitely Best Dressed Male.   NELLY wins my SEXIEST Rapper Alive award, I mean his style was hood and basic but still sexy—He stayed true to his personal style. Honoree LL Cool J who normally brings his Sexy Swagger appeared to have just rolled out of bed and licked his lips and he was dressed. I am at a loss of words when it comes to the Da Brat, I didn’t get it but it’s definitely her Style.  Others such as Big Sean & Ace Hood, were the rappers standard. I would’ve preferred them to be shirtless or in “Big” Sean case with no pants. And to sum up everyone else, just think tight and tacky for the ladies and jeans, t-shirt & Bling for the fellas. BET please GET IT TOGETHER for next year! the BET Hip Hop Awards Encore airs This Friday, October 14th 9PM/8C





No Shows at the Award Show

By Stephfon Guidry

BET Hip Hop Awards entertained, opened ears and made you laugh; it mended a friendship that was long overdue for some forgiveness.  Truly da King of the South is the rubber band man, as T.I. bounced back with flexing (iHope he didn’t FLEX too much in jail) rhymes and his classic swagger the crowd welcomed his return. Atlantic Civic Center opened its doors to urban hip hop legends Heavy D, DMX, Da Brat and more.

First let me dish out all those tweeting #WINNING from their velvet seats last night:  Chris Brown took four awards all for his club banging, douging hit “Look at Me Now”, Lil Wayne scored meager two awards #IdemandAreCOUNT, Nicki Minaj won two as well and Kanye West, Jay-Z, Waka Floka Fame and more. Rap titan himself nominated for a dominating 18 nods receiving only two, Lil Wayne aka Lil Tunchi, gripped the coveted Lyricists of Year and Best Live Performer awards.  Rihanna found the love enough to comment positively on Chris Brown’s night of #WINNING, “It’s incredible to see how he pulled out the way he did. Even when the world seemed like it was against him.”  (Msn.com) Performances that turned heads and kept the crowd fresh on the beat from the most notable Cyphers: Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, Maybach Music Group, and Chris Breezy himself.   As the heavyweight lover grabbed the mic it took the show back to 1988 hits, beats, and a groove Heavy D a Hip Hop legend rocked the mic right.

“It ain’t a red carpet. It’s a sidewalk, bloody from the wolves eating red meat, and these spotlights don’t come with money — they come with police,” spoke LL Cool J to a rapt audience hanging on every word. LL Cool J challenged the newcomers to the game to use their mic for a message leaving the award show and hip hop with a charge of a new direction GLEE.

BET New Sitcom “Reed Between the Lines”

Following the Hip Hop Awards or Hood Honors premiered the black sitcom “Reed between the Lines”, featuring the talents of Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Tracee Ellis Ross. Daughter of the Diva and the quintessential only son of the most iconic African American family in television history (the Cosby Show, if you don’t know you have lived under a rock for eons!) come together to create their own merging of laughs, love and life lessons on a show all about the black family of today facing its problems together. Reed Between the lines l isn’t an open book or a NY Best seller and it needs some time to grow—yet the actors’ chemistry flows through the screen.  The show provides some comedy, casting that gives young and seasoned black actors a chance; Ross gives a convincing psychologist and Warner plays a professor eloquently.  I predict, Reed between the Lines potentially may tackle everything from maintaining marriage intimacy, raising children, keeping a family together, and life with friends as well as life with family—Ross and Warner just snagged a viewer in me. So tune in to BET on Tuesdays at 10 ET p.m. and catch “Reed Between the Lines”.

EXPRESS Yourself! Photo-shoots & Fights!

By Stephfon Guidry

It’s time to catch up on all the gossip, judging, drama, and get ready for some entertainment. This week on BBWLA one of the wives gets ghost on the show and on Top Model while one girl has a life and death scare the girls audition to work with the dead.

Drop dead beautiful doesn’t mean a photogenic diva, with ANTM All-stars. This week’s episode of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 17, features the girls in an acting challenge for a role on CSI and a photo shoot with chocolate Adonis David Agbodji for EXPRESS!! Yes ma’am Yes girl!  It was shocking that Angelea got best photo and Bre won the acting challenge being told that she delivered the role, with a classy authentic edge. Sadly the bottom to beauties don’t surprise me Lisa, while her antics and Wild Child persona work for some it did not translate into the photo shoot this week. Camille a lady who’s walk did make her famous didn’t bring enough charisma, uniqueness nerve and talent (Oops wrong show!) to the table. The One photo left in Tyra’s hands was Lisa’s I guess being a Wild Child does win out over being a DIVA

Meanwhile on Basketball Wives: LA, Ms. Kimsha Artest decided that the show was not for her after only two shows, the fans feel ripped off. But the producers told VH1, “..After a limited number of days shooting she stopped showing up for filming. This is the sole and only reason Kimsha has not appeared on more episodes of the series.” (VH1.com)  In the past episode they literally found a LEGAL loophole and a person “simple” enough to get a beatdown—Draya got in a mixed martial arts ring with Laura and went down for the count. It was revealed, that Gloria and Matt apparently are not as close to the altar as Matt thought. It becomes “high school” Mean Girls-esque as these grown *** women Google Draya just to dredge up more dirt. As the drama erupts at Beso, during a girls WhoRuntheWorld night out and Imani proclaims, “I don’t care how much you deny it; I will never believe you.”

BET Hip “Hood” Hop Awards are coming next week so get ready for the Hennessey on deck and the rhymes to hit the stage. Lil Wayne aka the Who Dat Nation great Black Hope is dominating the show with 18 nominations! T.I. is free and ready to open the show with more rhymes than Dr. Seuss the show will have everyone in the crowd, DVR-ing, and at home rocking in the seat. The Oh so Classy and Lip-Licking King LL Cool J will be receiving the coveted I AM HIP HOP ICON award as well as an homage to Game Changers, like Lauren Hill, Queen Latifah, Run DMC and more. Gear up for next the BET Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday October 11, 2011 8 p.m. ET with performances by Rick Ross, Lupe Fiasco, DMX, and Wiz Khalifa as well as the Rap Cyphers.