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BET+ Introduces the Cast of New Series ‘The Impact ATL’

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BET+ brings together Atlanta’s most influential entrepreneurs and with its new show The Impact ATL.

The Impact ATL follows the fast-paced lives of Jayda Cheaves, Ariana “Ari” Fletcher, Lakeyah Robinson, Dionte “Arrogant Tae” Gray and Destiny “Dess Dior” Bailey as they optimize their influential roles in business, music, beauty, and fashion. The stars of the show have a combined social media following of 19 million. Viewers will enjoy a chance to have behind-the-scenes access to how these influencers impact culture.

The Impact ATL is Executive Produced by Quality Control Music founders Kevin ‘Coach K’ Lee, Pierre ‘P’ Thomas, and Brian Sher for Quality Films, Karam Gill, as well as Tara Long and Gennifer Gardiner for eOne.

Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming and Strategy, and Angela Aguilera, SVP Music Programming and Development, will oversee for BET+. Slane Hatch will serve as the showrunner.  

The docuseries’ premiere is expected to be made at a later date. In the meantime, meet the cast of ‘The Impact ATL.’

Meet the cast below.

Jayda Cheaves   @jaydacheaves

The ultimate social media “It Girl’’ and successful entrepreneur, Jayda Cheaves’ influence and work ethic are undeniable, with a combined social media following of nearly eight million users. 

A trendsetter since her high-school years, Jayda got ahead of the online hair business trend by starting her own hair company in 2017 that she has since grown into a multimillion-dollar empire. 

An author, in 2018 Jayda self-published “The Young Boss Blueprint: 15 steps to Becoming a Young Boss” a motivational guide for entrepreneurs on marketing and branding in various industries.  

On the heels of multiple fashion and beauty endorsement deals, Jayda recently launched her own fashion brand, “WaydaMin” and ode to her nickname “Jayda Wayda” and personal style. Jayda makes her first major film debut in “Bid for Love,” also on BET+, this summer. 

Ariana “Ari” Fletcher @therealkylesister

Ariana “Ari” Fletcher, one social media’s highest earning influencers, who grew her following into a multimillion-dollar endorsement and branding machine.  

Ari rose to popularity on social media for her trendsetting wardrobe choices and hairstyles. As she recently regained access to that legion of followers, she is preparing to launch two new business ventures that her fans have been asking for. She also recently launched a YouTube Series “#DinnerWithTheDon” which features her cooking andcomedy skills in a lighthearted format that has already gained nearly half a million subscribers. 

A proud mother and sister, Ari continues to honor her brother Kyle Jamison’s legacy with his name in her Instagram handle after his untimely passing in 2013.

Dionte “Arrogant Tae” Gray @arrogant_tae123

Arrogant Tae is the sought-after, trendsetting, hairstylist whose clientele includes names like Nicki Minaj, Lala Anthony, and JT from City Girls, to name a few. 

The Chicago native was exposed to the hair business at an early age where he eventually began styling his mom and family members. After honing his craft for years, with clients in the U.S. and abroad, Tae has expanded his reach to include product branding and multiple endorsement deals. 

Tae’s impact on the beauty industry has crossed over into popular culture, even being mentioned in Drake’s hit “Laugh Now Cry Later,” with the lyrical reference “we in Atlanta, I buy her a wig, she’s telling me Tae is the best.”

Lakeyah Robinson  @lakeyah

Signed to Motown Records in 2022, after a self-made hustle into the rap game, Lakeyah just released her latest EP No Pressure Part 1, which features the breakout single “Mind Yo Business” featuring Latto. Her debut album is slated to drop later this year. Quality Control’s newest rising superstar, Lakeyah was also named to the prestigious XXL Freshman Class. 

The 21-year-old Milwaukee native, raised in Ohio, began rapping at 15 and uses her platform to represent the Midwest region where hip-hop isn’t often credited. She is also a mental-health advocate.  

Prior to signing to Motown, Lakeyah’s fan-favorites included “Female Goat” featuring City Girls, and her solo hit “Too Much” from her recent project “In Due Time.” The same year, Lakeyah was also featured in the prestigious BET Hip Hop Awards Digital Cypher and made her first appearance at Rolling Loud where she will return this summer.

Destiny “Dess Dior” Bailey @1dessdior

One of the most sought-after influencers, Dess Dior, made a mark for herself in the rap game with her hit singles “Don’t Play” and “Rich B*tch.”  

The Savanna, Georgia native brings, rapping since the age of 12, Dess launched her own entertainment label and leveraged her popularity as a known fashion and beauty influencer to amass nearly two million combined social media followers. No stranger to detail, Dess also owns the “Rich B*tch Gang” (RBG) accessory line geared to empower her female followers.

As Dess prepares her new album, she is set for two major appearances this summer at Rolling Loud in Miami and Rolling Loud Toronto with her first single, “Rich and Raw,” dropping June 24th.

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BET+ Announces “Martin: The Reunion” To Premiere June 16

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The cult classic hit sitcom “Martin” will be returning to television for a 90-minute reunion special.

BET+ announced the 30th year anniversary special will take place on the show’s iconic living room set. The reunion is bringing back original cast members Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Tichina Arnold and Carl Anthony Payne the second to discuss the show’s five seasons.

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Hosted by comedian Affion Crockett, the cast will look back on the show’s most hilarious moments, revisit the iconic characters Martin made famous and pay an emotional tribute to the late, great Tommy Ford. Thomas Mikal Ford passed away in 2016 at the age of 52.

Complete with musical performances and drop-ins by celebrity super fans, MARTIN: THE REUNION brings back the wazzup wazzup wazzup passion fans have been waiting for.

The reunion special is executive produced by Martin Lawrence, Robert Lawrence, Rae Proctor and Stacy Lyles through his company Run Tel Dat Entertainment.

“Martin: The Reunion” is set to debut on June 16 on BET+.

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ICYMI: BET Announces New Unscripted Music Documentary Series, “Murder Inc.”

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A new unscripted documentary series is being produced by BET and Irving “Irv Gotti” Lorenzo titled, Murder Inc.

The five-part television event is set to narrate the untold tale of the rise, sudden fall, and redemption of, Murder Inc. Records; and the mastermind behind the Hip Hop powerhouse, Irv Gotti.

According to the statement announced today, each episode will take viewers through the label’s beginnings to the current day, featuring never-before-seen archival footage. Along with including a rich catalog of music chart-toppers and the power players that helped shape a musical era that would impact generations to come.

Launched in 1999, the New York based label Murder Inc. Records played a vital role in bringing forth the careers of some of the most influential voices in Hip Hop, and R&B. Murder Inc. helped launch and guide the careers of artist such as, Ja Rule, Ashanti, Lloyd, Charli Baltimore, Vita, and others.

Murder Inc. is scheduled to premiere Summer 2022 on BET.

“My life and Murder Inc. has been filled with many highs and lows. I got to work with my brothers and a lot of great people; from Jay Z, DMX, Fat Joe, Mary J Blige, to name a few,” said Irv Gotti. 

“Also, I got to start my record label, Murder Inc. Records, with Ja Rule by my side.” Gotti added, “My life was filled with great lows, but I’m not ashamed of those lows. It all helped make me the person I am today. So, with this documentary series, I plan to tell the truth and nothing but the truth so help me GOD.”

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Irv Gotti, Ja Rule BTS Murder Inc. Documentary (Photo: Sam Hicks)

Tiffany Lea Williams, Executive Vice President of BET Unscripted Programming shared, “Music is in our DNA. We thank our long-standing partner Irv Gotti, and the many talented artists at the iconic label for trusting our brand to tell their personal and inspiring stories. We look forward to bringing viewers a compelling music documentary series that reveals how this label consequently changed the music industry forever.”

The Murder Inc. documentary is executive produced by Irv Gotti (“Tales”), Ja Rule, Darcell Lawrence, and Chris Costine for Visionary Ideas and Tiffany Lea Williams for BET. Michael J. Payton to serve as Director.

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ICYMI: BET Announces New Unscripted Music Documentary Series, “Murder Inc.”

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A new unscripted documentary series is being produced by BET and Irving “Irv Gotti” Lorenzo titled, Murder Inc.

The five-part television event is set to narrate the untold tale of the rise, sudden fall, and redemption of, Murder Inc. Records; and the mastermind behind the Hip Hop powerhouse, Irv Gotti.

According to the statement announced today, each episode will take viewers through the label’s beginnings to the current day, featuring never-before-seen archival footage. Along with including a rich catalog of music chart-toppers and the power players that helped shape a musical era that would impact generations to come.

Launched in 1999, the New York based label Murder Inc. Records played a vital role in bringing forth the careers of some of the most influential voices in Hip Hop, and R&B. Murder Inc. helped launch and guide the careers of artist such as, Ja Rule, Ashanti, Lloyd, Charli Baltimore, Vita, and others.

Murder Inc. is scheduled to premiere Summer 2022 on BET.

“My life and Murder Inc. has been filled with many highs and lows. I got to work with my brothers and a lot of great people; from Jay Z, DMX, Fat Joe, Mary J Blige, to name a few,” said Irv Gotti. 

“Also, I got to start my record label, Murder Inc. Records, with Ja Rule by my side.” Gotti added, “My life was filled with great lows, but I’m not ashamed of those lows. It all helped make me the person I am today. So, with this documentary series, I plan to tell the truth and nothing but the truth so help me GOD.”

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Irv Gotti, Ja Rule BTS Murder Inc. Documentary (Photo: Sam Hicks)

Tiffany Lea Williams, Executive Vice President of BET Unscripted Programming shared, “Music is in our DNA. We thank our long-standing partner Irv Gotti, and the many talented artists at the iconic label for trusting our brand to tell their personal and inspiring stories. We look forward to bringing viewers a compelling music documentary series that reveals how this label consequently changed the music industry forever.”

The Murder Inc. documentary is executive produced by Irv Gotti (“Tales”), Ja Rule, Darcell Lawrence, and Chris Costine for Visionary Ideas and Tiffany Lea Williams for BET. Michael J. Payton to serve as Director.

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BET Announces New Unscripted Music Documentary Series, “Murder Inc.”

Irv Gotti BTS Murder Inc. Documentary

A new unscripted documentary series is being produced by BET and Irving “Irv Gotti” Lorenzo titled, Murder Inc.

The five-part television event is set to narrate the untold tale of the rise, sudden fall, and redemption of, Murder Inc. Records; and the mastermind behind the Hip Hop powerhouse, Irv Gotti.

According to the statement announced today, each episode will take viewers through the label’s beginnings to the current day, featuring never-before-seen archival footage. Along with including a rich catalog of music chart-toppers and the power players that helped shape a musical era that would impact generations to come.

Launched in 1999, the New York based label Murder Inc. Records played a vital role in bringing forth the careers of some of the most influential voices in Hip Hop, and R&B. Murder Inc. helped launch and guide the careers of artist such as, Ja Rule, Ashanti, Lloyd, Charli Baltimore, Vita, and others.

Murder Inc. is scheduled to premiere Summer 2022 on BET.

“My life and Murder Inc. has been filled with many highs and lows. I got to work with my brothers and a lot of great people; from Jay Z, DMX, Fat Joe, Mary J Blige, to name a few,” said Irv Gotti. 

“Also, I got to start my record label, Murder Inc. Records, with Ja Rule by my side.” Gotti added, “My life was filled with great lows, but I’m not ashamed of those lows. It all helped make me the person I am today. So, with this documentary series, I plan to tell the truth and nothing but the truth so help me GOD.”

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Irv Gotti, Ja Rule BTS Murder Inc. Documentary (Photo: Sam Hicks)

Tiffany Lea Williams, Executive Vice President of BET Unscripted Programming shared, “Music is in our DNA. We thank our long-standing partner Irv Gotti, and the many talented artists at the iconic label for trusting our brand to tell their personal and inspiring stories. We look forward to bringing viewers a compelling music documentary series that reveals how this label consequently changed the music industry forever.”

The Murder Inc. documentary is executive produced by Irv Gotti (“Tales”), Ja Rule, Darcell Lawrence, and Chris Costine for Visionary Ideas and Tiffany Lea Williams for BET. Michael J. Payton to serve as Director.

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Today in Hip-Hop History: Larry Davis Killed in Shawangunk Prison 14 Years Ago

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Some say he was 50 Cent before 50 Cent. Some called him “the Robin Hood of The Ghetto”, while the establishment dubbed him “the crack city terminator.” In the hood, his solution is considered the only possible answer to a continuous epidemic of police brutality. Some of your favorite rappers from French Montana to Lloyd Banks to Jay-Z have name-dropped him on their tracks and BET felt he was so important to American culture that their American Gangster series had to open with him, but only an educated few know why the name Larry Davis continues to ring bells more than three decades after that fateful night in November of ’86.

On February 20, 2008, Adam Abdul Hakeem aka Larry Davis, was stabbed to death in Shawangunk State Prison in New York by a fellow inmate after serving 23 years for an illegal weapons charge. Most would say that people die in American prisons daily, so what’s the big deal about another dead prisoner? Well, it must first be explained why Mr. Davis was in prison for so long on a mere gun charge in the first place.

As he said on camera after his capture in 1986, “the police gave me the guns!”, that Davis was finally charged with after being acquitted for shooting 6 NYPD officers. The then 21-year-old BX native’s defense was that he shot the officers in self-defense. Davis exposed that he sold drugs for these Bronx precinct officers, claiming that they wanted to kill him because of what he knew about the drug operation within the department and a Bronx jury believed him. This case was the first and very possibly the only time in American history that a civilian was cleared of all charges in the shooting of a police officer.

The NYPD and then-Mayor Edward Koch were outraged at the outcome. After Larry’s death, the former Mayor Koch was quoted as saying, “The prison system did what the criminal justice system could not.” It’s safe to say that with the endless accusations against the NYPD and other police departments around the country for brutality against Black and brown people, the sentiment of sympathy for Larry Davis has been met with fierce opposition.

With the recent killings of Black youth by police and civilians becoming the norm, the question in the urban community is whether or not Larry Davis’ solution to police brutality is the only option left. With normal citizens being given the option to shoot first and ask questions later when it comes to Black youth and the prison industrial complex as the penalty for defending yourself, the bare truth is that it has become the only option to some. With landmark cases from Emmitt Till to Botham Jean, history reveals that people such as Nat Turner, Denmark Vesey, and even Larry Davis will always be heroes. We’ve heard Larry’s name come from the mouths of everyone from ATCQ to Jay-Z.

Check out Larry’s story on Troy Reed’s Street Stories Larry Davis: A Routine Typical Hit, BET’s American Gangster series and is also rumored to be in the hands of several filmmakers, which could possibly spawn the story on the silver screen.

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Big Tigger Announces Return of BET “Rap City 21”

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Lovers of BET’s nostalgic hip-hop shows like “Rap City” will be happy to know that the iconic show will be making a return. Original host Big Tigger announced that the show will be on our screens once again. Big Tigger To Return As Host of “Rap City 21” Early 2000s personality and rapper Big Tigger […]

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Alfonso Ribeiro Speaks Candidly About Being Rejected From The Black Community

Alfonso Ribeiro Speaks Candidly About Being Rejected From The Black Community

Alfonso Ribeiro is best known for his role as Carlton Banks on the beloved 1990s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air starring Will Smith.

Carlton’s character is important because he represents a non-stereotypical member of the Black community who isn’t considered “Black enough.”

Ribeiro opened up about being typecast for roles like Carlton and the backlash he receives from being in an interracial marriage.

“It still happens almost every day, unfortunately,” Ribeiro told the Atlanta Black Star about having his Blackness challenged. “I am in a mixed relationship. And I get things and looks and comments constantly. And I find it very interesting because you see a lot of things on social media where people say things and people have positions and perspectives. And it’s not easy to make that choice, because you’re not at home in any home. I’m never going to be white and I’m never going to be fully supported in the Black house.”

Ribeiro opened up more about his relationship with writer, Angela Unkrich. “I’m in my own little world with support from almost no one, to be in love with someone I’ve fallen in love with. How does that make sense? It doesn’t,” he said. “We all want to live in a world where everyone is accepted for being and loving and living the way they choose to live. I will support any person that wants to live in a world that they want to live in.”

“I live in a mixed world. I love in a mixed world. I live in a Black world, and I love in that world. I feel everyone should be supported,” he continued.

Alfonso Ribeiro added that he’s never even been invited to the BET Awards despite his contributions to the culture.

“I laugh at the fact that I am a mainstream television host, been in the game forever and I could purchase tickets to go to the BET Awards. So it is what it is. I’m not going to purchase the ticket…But at the end of the day, if that’s the view they take, then that’s the view they take. I can’t change their mind. All I can do is live my life and be me and be the best version of me. And continue to love everybody equally, and let it fall where it falls.”

Despite his experience, Ribeiro’s friendship with his co-star Smith has not severed.

“Well, we were friends before. So that helped a lot,” Ribeiro said. “We were able to…play on set. We were able to not take things so seriously that our egos would never get in the way of creating funny. The things that we learned very early on was, if I’m his straight man and he gets the big laugh, we both win. If he’s my straight man and I get the big laugh, we both win….I believe our success on the show was so great because we never stopped each other from winning.”

One user responded to Ribeiro on Twitter with a cringey “this you?” moment. “Maybe this is why we didn’t care about your marriage or why you haven’t been invited to BET,” @iamlexstylz wrote.

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[WATCH] True Crime Series “American Gangster: Trap Queens” Premieres Jan. 14 On BET

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BET announces the return of its hit unscripted series American Gangster: Trap Queens ­– a true crime series detailing the criminal chronicles of some of America’s most notorious female gangsters. Narrated by female hip hop icon Kimberly Jones a.k.a. Lil’ Kim, season two presents new and fascinating true stories of fierce and savvy women who hustled hard and solidified their place in the game, however illicit their means may have been. BET+ will release the first five episodes of American Gangster: Trap Queens S2 on Thursday, January 14.

“After the success of the first season of American Gangster: Trap Queens, we are excited to bring another iteration of captivating stories to the screen,” said Frank Sinton, president of A. Smith & Co.’s Dox division and executive producer for the series. “While addressing social issues such as systematic racial and gender disparities, the stories this season vary from thrilling to shocking and everything in between.” 

The front half of AGTQS2 tells the stories of Perrion Roberts, Brandi Davis, Dwen Curry, Tiffani Rose Peak and Shauntay Henderson, whose purported crimes range from grand larceny to bank and wire fraud and drug trafficking. Not only does American Gangster: Trap Queens portray captivating tales of notorious criminals, they are told by those who lived them – The Queens themselves, their closest allies, family members, legal team members, reporters and law enforcement.

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[WATCH] True Crime Series “American Gangster: Trap Queens” Premieres Jan. 14 On BET

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BET announces the return of its hit unscripted series American Gangster: Trap Queens ­– a true crime series detailing the criminal chronicles of some of America’s most notorious female gangsters. Narrated by female hip hop icon Kimberly Jones a.k.a. Lil’ Kim, season two presents new and fascinating true stories of fierce and savvy women who hustled hard and solidified their place in the game, however illicit their means may have been. BET+ will release the first five episodes of American Gangster: Trap Queens S2 on Thursday, January 14.

“After the success of the first season of American Gangster: Trap Queens, we are excited to bring another iteration of captivating stories to the screen,” said Frank Sinton, president of A. Smith & Co.’s Dox division and executive producer for the series. “While addressing social issues such as systematic racial and gender disparities, the stories this season vary from thrilling to shocking and everything in between.” 

The front half of AGTQS2 tells the stories of Perrion Roberts, Brandi Davis, Dwen Curry, Tiffani Rose Peak and Shauntay Henderson, whose purported crimes range from grand larceny to bank and wire fraud and drug trafficking. Not only does American Gangster: Trap Queens portray captivating tales of notorious criminals, they are told by those who lived them – The Queens themselves, their closest allies, family members, legal team members, reporters and law enforcement.

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