BET J Rolls Out a Festive Star-Studded Programming Lineup to Celebrate the Holidays and Ring In the New Year!
BET J unveils its special Holiday programming lineup to celebrate the 2006 Holiday season as it wraps up a successful year of televising exceptional, quality programming for the mature viewing audience. This joyful season, the Cool Like That channel delivers a contemporary menu of adult programming favorites, including classic Jazz favorites, star-studded music specials and hot original programming for viewers to enjoy.
Viewers can expect a full array of festive programming to get them into the holiday spirit. Viewers will enjoy some memorable BET J favorites like THE CHRISTIES: COMMITTED and MY MODEL LOOKS BETTER THAN YOUR MODEL to eye- catching music specials such as the exclusive NAJEE: SAX IN SOUTH AFRICA which will take viewers on an unforgettable music journey from the exotic location of South Africa to the GERALD LEVERT SPECIAL, which takes an intimate look back at the phenomenal life and career of the late Gerald Levert, who made a historic mark in the music industry. BET J pulls out all the stops to provide viewers with a taste of its unmatched "Grown & Sexy" programming lineup guaranteed to heat up households this holiday season!
The following is a snapshot of BET J specials and original programming to look forward to this holiday season (All times are ET/PT):
BET J SPECIALS:
* BET J: THE COOLEST MOMENTS OF 2006
BET J rings in the New Year with this up-close look back at all the "Coolest Moments" of 2006! Here′s a chance for viewers to catch up on all they may have missed in this special archival footage showcasing the coolest 2006 highlights. Sunday, December 31 at 7:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.; Monday, January 1 at 7:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.
* LAST CALL 2006! TOP 50 COUNTDOWN
The mega-music countdown of the year happens on BET J with this special LAST CALL 2006! TOP 50 COUNTDOWN music program featuring the top 50 of the hottest "Grown & Sexy" music videos to help viewers undoubtedly ring in the New Year the right way! Sunday, December 31 at 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.; Monday, January 1 at 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.
* A SOUL SESSIONS CHRISTMAS
A festive hour filled with holiday-themed music videos from both today′s hottest artists and music legends. Sunday, December 24 at 10:00 p.m.
* NAJEE: SAX IN SOUTH AFRICA
The soulful sounds of jazz legend Najee are highlighted in this exclusive one-hour BET J program featuring the Grammy-nominated musician performing from the beautiful country of South Africa. Produced by veteran actress Kim Fields, viewers will enjoy this unique travel diary complete with musical performances, a visit to a youth music workshop, and an intimate visit with the Mandela family during the 10-day exotic tour throughout Johannesburg, Pretoria and Bloomfountain, South Africa. Sunday, December 24 at 8:00 p.m.
* GERALD LEVERT SPECIAL
BET mourns the lost of legendary singer Gerald Levert, a personal friend and a regular performer among many BET programs, including BOBBY JONES GOSPEL and WALK OF FAME, in this introspective tribute. Don′t miss this intimate look back on the dynamic life of one of R&B music′s most talented performers, including personal reflections from family and friends, as well as a profile of many of the music videos that touched all our hearts. Sunday, December 24 at 9:00 p.m.
BET J ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING:
* MY MODEL LOOKS BETTER THAN YOUR MODEL
Tune in for 6 episodes of BET J′s fashion bonanza featuring former America′s Top Model winner Eva Marcel. This fashion-forward show highlights three contestants who are assigned and judged on executing their own personal fashion theme on professional models in hopes of winning an opportunity to style host Eva in a TRACE magazine pictorial. At the end of each challenge, panel of celebrity and fashion judges analyze the final product. Judges include industry experts: photographer Ezequiel De La Rosa, Trace fashion editor Daphne Devallie, former Vibe fashion editor-at-large Beverly Smith, stylists Alexander Allen, Phillip Bloch and Misa Hylton-Brimm, former Suede and Honey beauty editor Mia Stokes, and best-selling author Lloyd Boston. Monday, December 25 at 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
* THE CHRISTIES: COMMITTED
BET J′s THE CHRISTIES is unlike any reality series you′ve ever seen. As cameras follow the life of NBA star Doug Christie and his all-too- controlling wife Jackie, the twosome can′t help but to captivate audiences with their unconventional style of marriage, commitment and unbreakable love. Here′s an opportunity to catch up on any episodes you may have missed when the Cool Like That network rolls out 8 episodes featuring Doug and Jackie in all their matrimonial glory! Monday, December 25 at 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
* MY TWO CENTS
BET J rolls out a sizzling marathon of original programming that is sure to satisfy viewers′ palates for the holidays. MY TWO CENTS, BET J′s engaging roundtable talk-show jumps off the special marathon with 5 hot episodes featuring host Keith Boykin and an array of diverse guest panelists, including April Silver and Crystal McCrary Anthony to discuss everything from politics to healthcare. Monday, December 25 at 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
* REAL LIVE DIVAS
Don't miss 2 fresh episodes of the sexy new series REAL LIVE DIVAS that showcases today′s most formidable African-American women such as Sheryl Lee Ralph, Veronica Webb, Tracey Reese and many more, making remarkable career moves and evoking social change. Whether their efforts and impact on communities were artistic, social or political, this intimate look highlights all of these dynamic contributions and influences on today′s women! Monday, December 25 at 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
* SOUL SESSIONS
It′s more than a show -- it′s the many different elements of soul. This eclectic music program brings the finest live performances as well as classic music videos. SOUL SESSIONS offers the best of Neo-Soul and classic hits, and features music videos from both today′s hottest artists and music legends. Sunday, December 24 at 10:00 p.m.
* THE BEST SHORTS
A film fest of colossal proportions rounds out the Christmas marathon with 8 hours filled with non-stop drama, comedy, horror, suspense and the African-American experience from the best and brightest emerging filmmakers. Don′t miss the best in "Black Cinema" with this exclusive marathon of Black film shorts from some of today′s most talented Black movie makers. Monday, December 25 at 10:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.
* IN VIDE
Check out which artist BET J′s music video vault showcases in this special program featuring artists in their urban classics or today′s hottest hits. Monday, January 1 at 9:00 a.m.
TIMELESS chronicles the lives and careers of iconic artists and musicians and documents their success through an in-depth timeline of their albums, music videos and legendary performances. Monday, January 1 at 1:00 p.m.
INFLUENCES brings the intimate chat with viewers′ favorite contemporary Soul and R&B artists as they reveal who their personal influences from traditional Jazz are and how these icons have impacted their music. Monday, January 1 at 4:00 p.m.