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Mary Jane is back and on track for eight weeks of what will be a racy and riveting drama! Gabrielle Union is stellar as Mary Jane Patterson, a successful news anchor struggling to balance her romantic, personal, and career life. After the hit TV movie 4 million people viewed this Fall, BET has already picked the series of up for a second season and seems to be making it the network’s flagship show. The first official episode of the series begins where the film left off. Our heroine is still reeling from learning she was unwittingly sleeping with a married man.  Although she is eager to move on with her life, it’s apparent Andre (the cheating husband), isn’t willing to let her! He shows up to her house only to be turned away by David, another of Mary Jane’s love interest. To make matters worst his wife appears at her job demanding answers to questions that would make your ears bleed. Naturally, Mary Jane answers them truthfully and brutally, leaving little to be imagined of she and Andre’s many encounters. Perhaps the most hardcore scene of the night comes from the emotional sex she and Andre have in the gym shower! Needless he gave her the business!!!

Interestingly, the twist and turns of “Being Mary Jane” not only include her vexing love life, but the ethical demands of her career and a troubled friend. Whereas she refuses to be the reporter who does anything for a story she proves to be the “super friend, and rescue her friend from a near overdose. This latest episode only proves that being Mary Jane Patterson is anything but easy. You find yourself rooting for her to have it all, and then wishing she didn’t have any of it all because you’d love to see her rise above the drama. Well MJ all of us hopeless romantics and career driven individuals are wishing you well–at least til the season finale!

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Catch “Being Mary Jane”Tuesdays on BET @ 10 PM

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BET (@BET) ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL NOMINEES FOR THE 2017 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS AS SOLANGE TOPS WITH 7 NOMINATIONS FOLLOWED BY FELLOW HITMAKERS BRUNO MARS, DJ KHALED, RIHANNA, KHALID AND SZA

BET today announced the nominees for the BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards across 12 different categories.

The annual celebration will recognize the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop from legends to the next generation. Filmed on November 5th at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards will air on BET and BET HER on November 26th, 2017 at 8PM ET.

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BET today announced the nominees for the BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards across 12 different categories.

The annual celebration will recognize the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop from legends to the next generation. Filmed on November 5th at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards will air on BET and BET HER on November 26th, 2017 at 8PM ET.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 01: Solange Knowles arrives at the Lavazza Marquee on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 1, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Solange leads the bunch with seven total nominations including Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and the highly coveted Video of the Year and Song of the Year for hit single “Cranes in the Sky.” Bruno Mars follows with six total nominations including two nominations for Song of the Year for his hit single “That’s What I Like,” and Album/Mixtape of the Year for “24K Magic.” DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller also received multiple nominations this year including Video of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Collaboration. The next generation of soul is also being recognized, including Khalid and SZA, who are multi-nominees across categories including Best New Artist, Best R&B/Soul Male Artist, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Best Collaboration and the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award.

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Multi-platinum and seven-time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, artist, actress and producer Toni Braxton is set to receive the coveted Don Cornelius Legend Award. Braxton became an immediate R&B superstar after the release of her self-titled debut album in 1993. Her debut album received multiple awards, including three Grammy Awards (for Best New Artist and two consecutive awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1994 and 1995). Her second album, “Secrets” was certified 8x platinum and included her greatest hit titled, “Un-Break My Heart,” the Diane Warren-penned ballad which spent 11-weeks at number one. Over the span of her career, Braxton has sold over 67 million records, including 41 million albums, worldwide. Toni’s current single, “Deadwood,” was released by Def Jam Recordings in September and her new album, “Sex & Cigarettes,” her first in seven years, will be out in early 2018.

The third annual Lady of Soul Award will be presented to Grammy Award-Nominated, multi-platinum, female R&B trio SWV. SWV became one of the most successful R&B groups of the 1990s. They had a series of hits, including “Weak,” “Right Here/Human Nature,” “I’m So into You,” and “You’re the One.” They have sold more than 25 million records, making them one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. Last year’s Lady of Soul Award went to R&B icon Brandy. Both Toni and SWV are being recognized for their longstanding presence in the music industry and influence on the world of soul and R&B music past and present.

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BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards will feature an exciting lineup of unforgettable performances and viewers can expect special appearances by some of the brightest stars in entertainment. The event annually showcases Soul Train’s impact on the history of music and dance from the 70s to today.

The complete list of nominees for BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards are:

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Best New Artist
6LACK
H.E.R.
KEVIN ROSS
KHALID
SZA


Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
BRUNO MARS
BRYSON TILLER
CHRIS BROWN
KHALID
THE WEEKND


Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
KEHLANI
LALAH HATHAWAY
LEDISI
MARY J. BLIGE
SOLANGE
SZA


Soul Train Certified Award
BELL BIV DEVOE
JOHNNY GILL
LALAH HATHAWAY
LEDISI
MACK WILDS


Video of the Year
BEYONCÉ – ALL NIGHT
BRUNO MARS – 24K MAGIC
CHRIS BROWN FT. USHER & GUCCI MANE – PARTY
DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS
SOLANGE – CRANES IN THE SKY


Best Gospel/ Inspirational Award
CHANCE THE RAPPER
CHARLIE WILSON
KIRK FRANKLIN
LECRAE
TAMELA MANN


Album/ Mixtape of the Year
BRUNO MARS – 24K MAGIC
MARY J. BLIGE – STRENGTH OF A WOMAN
SOLANGE – A SEAT AT THE TABLE
SZA – CTRL
THE WEEKND – STARBOY


Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year)
CARDI B – BODAK YELLOW
DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS
FRENCH MONTANA FT. SWAE LEE – UNFORGETTABLE
KENDRICK LAMAR – HUMBLE.
YO GOTTI FT. NICKI MINAJ – RAKE IT UP


Song of the Year
BRUNO MARS – THAT’S WHAT I LIKE
CHILDISH GAMBINO – REDBONE
DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS
KHALID – LOCATION
SOLANGE – CRANES IN THE SKY


The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award
CRANES IN THE SKY – WRITTEN BY: TROY L. JOHN, SOLANGE KNOWLES, RAPHAEL SAADIQ (SOLANGE)
LOCATION 
– WRITTEN BY: ALFREDO EMMANUEL GONZALEZ, OLATUNJI OLUTOMIWA, SAMUEL DAVID JIMENEZ, KHALID ROBINSON, JOSHUA SCRUGGS (KHALID)
LOVE ME NOW – WRITTEN BY: BLAKE MATTHEW SIMON MILLS, JOHN HENRY RYAN, JOHN ROGER STEPHENS (JOHN LEGEND)
REDBONE – WRITTEN BY: GEORGE CLINTON, WILLIAM EARL COLLINS, GARY LEE COOER, DONALD MCKINLEY GLOVER II, LUDWIG EMIL TOMAS GORANSSON (CHILDISH GAMBINO)
VERSACE ON THE FLOOR 
– WRITTEN BY: CHRISTOPHER STEVEN BROWN, JAMES EDWARD FAUNTLEROY, BRUNO MARS, PHILIP MARTIN LAWRENCE (BRUNO MARS)


Best Dance Performance
BRUNO MARS – 24K MAGIC
CHRIS BROWN FT. USHER & GUCCI MANE – PARTY
DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS
SOLANGE FT. SAMPHA – DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR
WIZKID FT. DRAKE – COME CLOSER


Best Collaboration
DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS
JAZMINE SULLIVAN & BRYSON TILLER – INSECURE
MARY J. BLIGE FT. KANYE WEST – LOVE YOURSELF
SOLANGE FT. SAMPHA – DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR
SZA FT. TRAVIS SCOTT – LOVE GALORE

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Terri J. Vaughn, DC Young Fly, & Emmanuel Hudson’s New Comedy, #DigitalLivesMatter!

Nina Holiday Entertainment is proud to announce, #DigitalLivesMatter,  will premiere on BET Saturday October 21st at 8pm.  

#DigitalLivesMatter is a comedic film that teams up the hilarious social media kings, DC Young Fly (TRL, Wild ‘N Out, Almost Christmas) and Emmanuel Hudson (Ride Along, Wild ‘N Out). 

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Nina Holiday Entertainment is proud to announce, #DigitalLivesMatter,  will premiere on BET Saturday October 21st at 8pm.

#DigitalLivesMatter is a comedic film that teams up the hilarious social media kings, DC Young Fly (TRLWild ‘N Out, Almost Christmas) and Emmanuel Hudson (Ride Along, Wild ‘N Out).

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This film serves as directorial debut from Steve Harvey Show alum Terri J. Vaughn, with David Banner and DC Young Fly serving as producers. The film also stars Ernestine Johnson, Navv Greene, and comedian Rodney Perry (Madea’s Big Happy Family) with a special appearance from Love and Hip Hop star, Stevie J.

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DC Young Fly is on top of the world with over 3 million Instagram followers, and his fame is growing with every post. However, when this social media influencer crosses the wrong computer geek, all hell breaks
loose and DC wakes up to find all his followers are gone! Immediately, DC enlists the help of his best friend Theo (Emmanuel Hudson) to help him get his followers back. Throughout the day, DC receives several direct messages from the mysterious hacker responsible for his dilemma, sending him on a variety of comical tasks that require him to do favors for his followers. With every hilarious occurrence, DC realizes the power of his social media influence and how that influence can be used to make an impact on the lives of real people.

When asked about the movie, Vaughn says “What the movie Friday was for Compton and my generation, #DigitalLivesMatter is that for Atlanta and the new generation of millennials.  We made this movie to showcase the talent based here in Atlanta. The film is produced by Atlanta based production companies,  stars all Atlanta talent, is financed by an Atlantan, and has a completely Atlanta based crew. We are very proud of what we were able to bring to life.  Many of the actors are new to acting, but have huge social media followings. We were careful to give their fans what they have grown to love about them and then some. There will be several break out stars here!”

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WTF!? BET Cancels “Being Mary Jane!” Series Will End in 2018 w/ Two Hour Movie!

Just when we thought BET could not make anymore bad programming decisions the network has announced it is cancelling Being Mary Jane after four seasons!

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Just when we thought BET could not make anymore bad programming decisions the network has announced it is cancelling Being Mary Jane after four seasons!

This comes as a shocker as the series, starring Gabrielle Union, has been met with critical acclaim and is easily the greatest original programming BET has ever created.

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“Being Mary Jane has been a landmark series not only for BET, but for African American women around the world who saw themselves in Mary Jane, her family, friends and coworkers. From the captivating storytelling, to the richly complex characters, to the powerful issues tackled on the series, we remain immensely proud,” said Connie Orlando, EVP and Head of Programming, BET Networks. “We are grateful to the cast and creators of Being Mary Jane, who have worked tirelessly to bring this world to vivid life over the past 4 seasons. We also thank the many loyal viewers whose hearts and minds were captured every week, and kept Mary Jane trending worldwide. We look forward to closing out Mary Jane’s journey with a series finale that is sure to blow fans away!”

The character of Mary Jane Paul/Pauletta Patterson is definitely someone many people could relate to. Every family or group of friends has that one overachiever or person who serves as the glue. Gabrielle Union once described her role as Mary Jane as the best work she has done in her life and we have to agree. Sure, we are use to seeing her play the alpha female role often, but this time the character was layered with successes, triumphs, insecurities, and her own demons when it came to her love life. All we can say is Tuesday nights just will not be the same. Thus far we know Gabrielle has signed on for the series finale, there is no word on the rest of the cast. Maybe we will finally see Mary Jane walk down the aisle or have that baby she wants so badly.

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