After a 14 year long run, “106 & Park” will make it’s last televised appearance tonight. The live music video countdown program will be moving to it’s new home on a digital format on BET.com.
Over the 14 years the show has seen numerous amount of hosts, guest, celebrities, performances and freestyles. Lets take a look down memory lane.
Dynamic duo A.J and Free, who we all loved, originally hosted the show for a 5 year period. On August 1, 2005 Julissa Bermudez and Big Tigger temporarily replaced AJ and Free until Terrence J began to co host with Julissa. The Summer of 2006, BET held a nationwide search BET New Faces Contest, for the next hosts of 106 & Park which landed Terrence J and Rocsi their new jobs. In 2012 Rocsi and Terrence announced they would be retiring from the big comfy couch. Fall of 2012, the new hosts were announced which included, Bow Wow, Shorty Da Prince, Paigion and Miss Mykie. In 12 years for the first time the show had four hosts. Shortly after, Shorty Da Prince, Paigion and Miss Mykie departed the show leaving Bow Wow a permanent host. On October 1, 2013 Bow Wow was joined by Toroto native Keshia Chante as the official co host.
Despite moving to a new format you can still catch 106 and Park specials around New Years and hosting the BET awards red carpet show.
BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials Stephen Hill announced in a statement that the show will transition digitally giving the fans a more interactive experience. Here’s what he had to say
We all have our favorite moments from the show that has put youth culture on television daily since the first year of this century. We have pride in being involved with the show that has welcomed almost every movie star, music superstar and fresh-faced talent you can name (you can even throw in a first lady). We’ve all laughed with and been entertained by the young men and women hosts that have charmed us at 6 p.m. (and more recently 5 p.m.) each weekday.
All of us have been touched by 106 & Park.
Now it’s time for 106 & Park, as a daily TV entity, to take a bow and exit.
It’s been a great 14-year run as America’s top music/variety show on cable. And now that very valuable brand is going to take its talents to the digital realm. The interactive brand you helped build, 106 & Park, is alive and well…and it’s moving to the space in which our audience NOW interacts with music the most: online. It’ll be very exciting to connect with the millions of people that are already engaged with 106 & Park and other BET digital and social media entities and bring content that will further evolve the 106 & Park brand — and enhance the overall BET Networks brand. As we transition to the digital space, we look to continue 106 & Park‘s role as both a leader of and a mirror to youth culture. We’ll have more information to share about how that is to roll out very soon
Its sad to say that in 2013, race is still an issue. With the Trayvon Martin case racial profiling has been the main topic of discussion this year and to be honest will always be.
With Born Sinner, making history when it became one of four hip hop albums to top the Billboard charts over four consecutive weeks, J.Cole sat down with BET and discussed racial profiling and how the race card has effected him during his career as a rapper.
Catch highlights from the interview below
BET: There’s been a lot of conversation about the Trayvon Martin tragedy and what young Black men experience. Do you experience racism?
For sure, absolutely, I just got pulled over on 42nd street in Times Square for what I believe was nothing. They said it was for tints on my front window, which is barely tinted. I really believe it was because I had my hat low. I was driving through Times Square and I just didn’t want to be seen. So I had my hat low and I think I was looking “suspicious” just as a Black man with my brim low, when I was really just trying to cover my face. They came to my window, pulled me over. I feel like if I was a white man driving, they wouldn’t question me about my tints. They told me to roll down my back window; they look in my car as if they’re looking for something. I feel like that was the real thing, they were trying to catch somebody slipping. That just happened three days ago. I almost didn’t even name that because I am so used to that. That’s something that I feel like somebody my age that’s white doesn’t have to go through, especially in New York City. On the other hand, every time I’m on the plane in first class — this is a lesser evil but it still represents their mind state — I promise you, 60 percent of the time somebody asks me what basketball team do I play for or do I rap. [Laughs] I am a rapper, I wish I could tell them something better — that happens all the time and I hate it. I hate that we’re stereotyped and I hate that I’m fitting into the same stereotype. Read the rest of this entry
Its pretty disheartening when a person is not allowed to be themselves for the comfort of others. Last night blogger B.Scott was invited to be a social correspondent during the Pre-BET Awards show when he was forced to change his whole attire. For those of you who know B.Scott know that he comfortably dresses in heels, face full of makeup and his hair is always LAID for the GODS !
It was an insulting and discriminating moment for the media personality when he was told to change. Although B.Scott complied and carried on it raises questions as to why would BET hire him knowing who he is and how he identifies, to reject him day of. Shouldn’t BET have let it be known beforehand their expectations and let B.Scott plan accordingly ?
It also questions BET’s morals as a company as well. You will support misogynous videos and performances but you wont fully embrace LGBT community as a whole. Bye BET !
Watch B.Scott’s coming out story below