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HONORS THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF SOUL TRAIN CREATOR WITH A SPECIAL PROGRAMMING LINEUP  

106 & PARK Pays Tribute to the Life and Accomplishments of Don Cornelius Tonight, February 1 at 6:00 p.m.*

BET to Air SOUL TRAIN: HIPPEST TRIP IN AMERICA Tonight, February 1 at 8:00 p.m.* and the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2011 on Thursday, February 2 at 8:00 p.m.*  

CENTRIC will Run a 24-hour Marathon of Classic SOUL TRAIN Episodes Beginning Tonight, February 1 at Midnight*

NEW YORK “” February 1, 2012 “”  BET  and  CENTRIC  will pay to  SOUL TRAIN  creator, and host  Don Cornelius  with a special lineup of programming dedicated to his prolific life and legacy. On tonight’s episode of  106 & PARK  at  6:00 p.m.*, hosts Terrence J and Rocsi will honor the life and accomplishments of the Soul Train founder with a special followed by the documentary  SOUL TRAIN: HIPPEST TRIP IN AMERICA  at  8:00 p.m.*  In addition,  CENTRIC, the flagship network for the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS, will run a special 24-hour marathon of classic  SOUL TRAIN  episodes beginning tonight at  12:00 a.m.*

“We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Don Cornelius. He was a pioneer in the television and and his legacy and influence on will continue to live on for many generations to come. He made  Soul Traina destination for lovers of and music and connected the world to our culture and we are forever grateful,” said  Debra L. Lee, Chairman & CEO of BET Networks.

“We owe so much of our success to him, he built the space for the creation of a BET, built a platform for the music that our audience loves and gave a voice to that shaped black culture and beyond””his impact   can’t be measured. He will be missed, but remembered at every wedding, party and forever with the enduring Soul .”

BET  Programming Lineup

Wednesday, February 1

6:00 p.m.* –  106 & PARK  Special Episode

8:00 p.m.* –  SOUL TRAIN: HIPPEST TRIP IN AMERICA


Thursday, February 2

8:00 p.m.* –  SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2011

 

CENTRIC  Programming Lineup

Wednesday, February 1

10:00 p.m.* –  SOUL TRAIN: HIPPEST TRIP IN AMERICA

12:00 a.m.* – 24-hour  SOUL TRAIN  Marathon

 

Thursday, February 2

24-hour  SOUL TRAIN  Marathon continues”¦

 

Friday, February 3

9:00 p.m.* –  SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2011

 

Saturday, February 4

10:00 a.m.* – 12-hour  SOUL TRAIN  Marathon

10:00 p.m.* –  SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2010

 

Sunday, February 5

9:00 a.m.* – 12-hour  SOUL TRAIN  Marathon

 

For more updates on  Don Cornelius, photo  flipbooks of the past  40 Years of  SOUL TRAIN  and videos of previous  SOUL TRAIN AWARDS, please  visit  www.bet.com  and  www.centrictv.com. Viewers can keep up with this developing story on Twitter by following  @BET  and  @CentricTV.

 

*All times are ET/PT.

 

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

 

About CENTRIC

Centric is a 24-hour music and entertainment channel that reflects the lifestyle and sophistication of today’s African-American and multicultural adult viewer.  With a finger on the pulse of an ever-changing beat, its compelling music content fuses Soul, R&B, Neo-Soul, Hip Hop, Reggae, Gospel, Jazz, Old School, New School and everything in between with today’s hottest artists. It is a unique mix of music, culture and lifestyle programming that embodies the lives, tastes and aspirations of the CENTRIC viewer: All you. All day. All night.

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