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With COVID restrictions finally allowing more human interaction, this year the BET Awards was one we all especially looked forward to. “The Year of The Black Woman” theme was specifically dedicated in the honor of acknowledging and uplifting our “Black Girl Magic.” As expected, the annual show was nothing less than the greatness our people always set forth.

The BET Awards red carpet is always the festivity starter. All our favorite artists from old to new, appear in the trendsetting fashion that inspires the fun-filled summer ahead of us. With appearances like hottest “Hottie”, Meg the Stallion serving face in her beautiful John Paul Gaultier side split dress, to Nas X’s outfit swap between an Andrea Grossi “dress style” piece to a Richard Quinn floral suit. We also got to see some of our newest “fave bae” couples. Coi Leray & Pressa Armani showed us that their newly found love is clearly still sparking flames. While City Girl’s own JT stood gracefully in her Valdrin Sahiti dress beside her uniquely fashionable man, Lil Uzi Vert; who appeared with a cutout bandana over his face.

As the night seeped in, and the winners said their thanks; we had the luxury of seeing the most performers in BET Award History. Kirk Franklin and Lil Baby's performance of "We Win" set the tone off right with high energy for a long night filled with great performances. H.E.R, the newly pronounced "Best Female R&B/Pop Artist" of 2021 serenaded us with her r&b sounds, singing "We made it" off her new album, proving why she received her honor. Cardi B gave the world "Life-- literally," as host Taraji P Henson stated, with her pregnancy appearance during her feature on "Type Shit" off the Migos new album "Culture III". The group lead the reveal by showing off some trendy TikTok moves during their performance of their trending single "Straightening." In tribute to the late DMX, by Method Man and Swiss Beats.

Towards the closing of the night, A tribute in honor of Queen Latifah, who has had an impact on almost everyone throughout her entertainment career within black culture. She was presented her “Life Achievement Award”. In tribute to her legacy, former cast members, like Jada Pinkett, expressed their appreciation for the legend through vlogs. Accompanying such heartfelt words was the phenomenal performance of Latifah’s iconic “U-N-I-T-Y” and “Ladies First” by legendary Monie Love, MC Lyte, Lil Kim & Rhapsody. Certainly a very iconic set of women to represent an icon like herself.


Alysha Ifill

CEO & Host of Talk Around Town Podcast


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