By Jack Barnes
BET NETWORKS and AEG announced the panelists and host for the 2017 Genius Talks series sponsored by AT&T taking place at the BET Experience @ L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola®. Top powerhouse women in the T.V. and film industries including Tracee Ellis Ross, Ava DuVernay, Issa Rae, as well as music and entertainment moguls Pusha T, Nick Cannon, New Edition and more, will take part in a series of intimate conversations and panels hosted by New York Times bestseller and media personality Charlamagne Tha God on Saturday, June 24.
Genius Talks kicks off Saturday afternoon with actress and writer Issa Rae on her creative process and strategy behind building an empire. The thought provoking talks continue with rapper Pusha T in conversation with Angela Rye, an attorney and political strategist, and Marilyn Mosby, State’s Attorney for Baltimore, Maryland about incarceration in the black and brown community.
The Saturday lineup also include actress Tracee Ellis Ross discussing her hit series “Black-ish” and self-love; New Edition & choreographer Brooke Payne sharing their insights from their days in the legendary group; Oscar nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay on her successful career in film; actor, comedian and recording artist Nick Cannon, talking about building a brand, fatherhood and more. Sunday’s Genius Talks lineup will be announced soon.
The Genius Talks series sponsored by AT&T will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, adjacent to L.A. Live, on Saturday, June 24, from 1:00 p.m. PST – 7:00 p.m. PST and Sunday, June 25 from 1:30 p.m. PST – 2:15 p.m. PST. All Genius Talks are first-come, first-served for all attendees – including credentialed media – as space is extremely limited. Get your free BET Fan Fest wristband, which all attendees will be required to wear upon arrival, on the BETX ’17 App or at BETExperience.com. Saturday’s Genius Talks sponsored by AT&T will also be streamed LIVE on BET.com and the BETX ’17 app.
Detailed schedule for the Genius Talks sponsored by AT&T lineup (to date) hosted by Charlamagne Tha God is as follows:
Saturday, June 24
1:00 p.m. PST: #IssaGenius: Issa Rae
Golden Globe nominee and content creator & innovator, Issa Rae, talks her creative process, living the awkward life, and building an empire.
2:30 p.m. PST: BET News Presents Keeping Us Locked: Fighting the Preschool to Prison Pipeline
Pusha T, Angela Rye, and State’s Attorney for Baltimore, Maryland Marilyn Mosby discuss the long-term effects and myths of incarceration in the Black and brown community.
4:00 p.m. PST: Creative Genius: Ava DuVernay
Oscar-nominated filmmaker and activist, Ava DuVernay, continues to change the game with projects that make us laugh, cry, love, and think! Don’t miss this genius as she talks her career and being part of the solution.
5:00 p.m. PST: Behind The Genius: New Edition & Brooke Payne
The stars and producers of “The New Edition Story” share insights from their days in the super group and what it was like reliving those moments in the top rated BET film.
6:00 p.m. PST: Black Girl Genius: Tracee Ellis Ross
NAACP and Golden Globe award-winning actress, performance artist, and motivational speaker, Tracee Ellis Ross, as she talks self-love, “Black-ish,” and #BlackGirlMagic.
7:00 p.m. PST: Ncredible Genius: Nick Cannon
Entrepreneur, comedian, actor, recording artist, and host, Nick Cannon, talks the art of building a brand, wealth, fatherhood and doing it for the culture.
Fans will also be able to enjoy incredible concerts as a part of the BET Fan Fest on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25, with recently announced performances from hit makers and hot up-and-comers including Cardi B, Aminé, Dave East, Goldlink, Nick Grant, Kap G, A Boogie, PnB Rock and Kyle with headliner Wiz Kid on the BETX Main Stage sponsored by Nissan. The Coca-Cola Music Studio will also feature some of today’s hottest newly discovered acts including Taylor Girlz, Billion Dollar Baby, Zay Hilfigerr and Zayion McCall (“Juju On That Beat”), The Bomb Digz, Ayo & Teo, Christian Combs, Elhae and Spencer Ludwig. On Sunday, BET will host “Celebration of Gospel” on the BETX Main Stage with moving performances from Israel Houghton, Tasha Cobbs, MAJOR., Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music as well as Pastor Touré Roberts and Sarah Jakes Roberts delivering a powerful message.
As previously announced, BET Networks will make its return to Los Angeles for the four-day music and entertainment festival, the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola®, June 22 – 25, 2017. Teaming up with AEG, one of the leading entertainment companies in the world and developer/operator of L.A. LIVE and STAPLES Center, the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® will feature some of today’s hottest artists including Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Migos, A$AP Rocky, ScHoolboy Q, Bryson Tiller, Kid Cudi, Gucci Mane, Jhené Aiko, Rae Sremmurd, Jidenna, Young Thug, Desiigner, Lil Yatchy, Pusha T, THEY., H.E.R., Playboi Carti and Khalid. The four day event will showcase the best in music, entertainment and interactive activations at the fan festival, BETX Live Show tapings, seminars and celebrity appearances.
VIP Packages for the 5th year of the BET Experience weekend are better than ever and now on-sale. In addition to VIP amenities throughout the weekend and incredible seats for STAPLES Center shows, three levels of BETX VIP Packages offer guests the only opportunity to purchase tickets to the highly-anticipated BET Awards, broadcast live from Microsoft Theater. Last year the in-demand VIP Packages sold out, so guests are encouraged to purchase now before the allotment is depleted. Full package amenities and pricing for the Diamond, Platinum and Gold VIP Packages can be found by visiting BETExperience.com or by calling (877) 234-8425.
General tickets for the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® are on sale now at http://www.axs.com/betexperience.
Download the BETX ’17 app powered by AT&T, the #1 source for everything BETX, including real-time event updates, full schedules, BET Fan Fest wristbands, daily prizes, ticket giveaways, live streams and much more.
Follow the BET Experience on Twitter @betexperience for the latest and greatest and join the hottest conversation by using #BETX. Feel free to also check us out online at http://www.betexperience.com.
ABOUT BET NETWORKS
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B sted NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.
BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE PRESENTED BY COCA-COLA®
BET Networks, an entertainment powerhouse, and AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company and developer/operator of L.A. LIVE, have teamed up once again to create the BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE (BETX), June 22 – 25, 2017 presented by Coca-Cola®. This four-day festival will be filled with music concerts taking place at The Novo by Microsoft and STAPLES Center; BET Fan Fest at the Los Angeles Convention Center including seminars, celebrity basketball games, celebrity meet & greets; and other special appearances. The weekend will be capped off with the “BET Awards” on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Microsoft Theater.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, AEG is the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company. With offices on five continents, AEG operates in the following business segments: AEG Facilities, which is affiliated with or owns, manages or consults with more than 120 preeminent arenas, stadiums, theaters, clubs and convention centers around the world including The O2 Arena, the Sprint Center and the Mercedes-Benz Arenas; AEG Presents, which is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music and special events and world-renowned festivals; AEG Real Estate, which develops world-class venues, as well as major sports and entertainment districts like STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE; AEG Sports, which is the world’s largest operator of sports franchises and high-profile sporting events; and AEG Global Partnerships, which oversees worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships including naming rights, premium seating and other strategic partnerships. Through its worldwide network of venues, portfolio of powerful sports and music brands and its integrated entertainment districts, AEG entertains more than 100 million guests annually. More information about AEG can be found at www.aegworldwide.com.
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