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BET To Launch New Awards Show

Black Entertainment Television is expected to announce today (Dec. 17) a new awards show that will honor standout African-American individuals across several business and entertainment categories, according to sources close to the network. 


Tentatively titled BET Honors, the awards show -- set to air in February during Black History Month – is expected to honor such executives and entertainers as outgoing Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons; model/entertainer Tyra Banks; Congresswoman Maxine Waters; educator Cornell West; and singer/songwriter/actress Alicia Keys.

BET executives would not officially comment on the matter.

Black Entertainment Television is expected to announce today (Dec. 17) a new awards show that will honor standout African-American individuals across several business and entertainment categories, according to sources close to the network.

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