News: BET Says "Yes We Can," Preps Major Inauguration Coverage
Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 12:00PM
BET Networks has released a programming schedule for next week's presidential inauguration that includes events, live coverage and news specials.
Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard, Cedric the Entertainer and more are billed to appear.
The initiative will kick off Jan. 17, with the "BET Honors" at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C. Event, which will premiere on the net Feb. 9 at 9 p.m., will honor the accomplishments of Earvin "Magic" Johnson, B. Smith, Judith Jamison and Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.). On Jan. 20, at 8 p.m., Nick Cannon will host the network's one-hour inauguration celebration special, "Yes We Will!" Broadcast live, event will include performances by Common and Jazmine Sullivan. (Variety)
BET will aim to inspire its viewers throughout the week with targeted programming.
"Our goal for our inauguration coverage is to share the experience with our audience and to tell the story of a dream realized," said Debra Lee, chair-chief exec of BET Networks. (Ad Age)
Following Barack Obama's induction, news-based specials are set to air.
Two Obama-themed BET News specials are also on tap for the network and set to air Jan. 19: "King To Obama" examines Dr. Martin Luther King's influence on the president-elect and "The Obama Effect," looks at the historical election of America's first black president through the eyes of a cross-section of Americans. (Multi Channel News)[What would YOU change about America? Go to TheDougie.com to share your pics, videos and thoughts on "Change."]