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T.I. AND THE INTERNET JOIN THE ROOTS & SPECIAL GUESTS AT THE 2016 BET EXPERIENCE

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T.I. AND THE INTERNET JOIN THE ROOTS & SPECIAL GUESTS AT THE 2016 BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE PRESENTED BY COCA-COLA®

DJ KHALED, FLOYD MAYWEATHER, BIRDMAN, GABRIELLE UNION, MEEK MILL, SNOOP DOGG, NICK CANNON, RAE SREMMURD, THE GAME, OMARION, WALE AND MORE LEAD ALL-STAR LINEUP OF TALENT CONFIRMED FOR THE FREE BET EXPERIENCE FAN FEST

STARTING THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 106 & PARK LIVE SPECIAL RETURNS WITH PERFORMANCES FROM RICH GANG, O.T. GENASIS AND MORE, TERRENCE J AND ROCSI DIAZ RETURN AS HOSTS FOR             “106 & PARK: THE AFTERGLOW” LIVE  ON MONDAY, JUNE 27

BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE TAKES PLACE JUNE 23-26, 2016

THE FREE BET EXPERIENCE FAN FEST TAKES PLACE AT THE LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

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LOS ANGELES – (June 23, 2016) – Today, BET NETWORKS and AEG announced T.I. and The Internet will be joining The Roots & Special Guests at the BET Experience @ L.A. Live presented by Coca-Cola®, taking place at the Novo Theater on Saturday, June 25. As previously announced, BET Networks will make its return to Los Angeles for the 4-day music, comedy and entertainment festival, the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola®, June 23 – 26, 2016. Teaming up with AEG, one of the leading entertainment companies in the world and developer/operator of L.A. LIVE and STAPLES Center, the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® will feature some of today’s hottest artists including Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Fetty Wap, A$AP Ferg, Usher, Bryson Tiller, Katt Williams, Mike Epps, Metro Boomin, Ty Dolla $ign, Kehlani and more. The four-day event will showcase the best in music, comedy concerts, entertaining and interactive activations at the FREE fan festival, “106 & PARK” tapings, seminars and celebrity appearance.

106 & Park will also return to the BET Experience @ L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® for a special edition live broadcast taking place Thursday, June 23 through Saturday, June 25. “106 & Park: Live from the 2016 BET Experience” will feature interviews and performances from some of today’s hottest acts and newcomers including Rich Gang (Birdman, Jacquees, J-Soul, Derez and Ralo), O.T. Genasis and more.

The 106 & Park special, presented by Denny’s & M&M, will kick off Thursday live from the BET Experience @ L.A. Live hosted by Mack Wilds with performances from Rich Gang (Birdman, Jacquees, J-Soul, Derez and Ralo), and Ghost Town DJ’s. The special, presented by Apple Music, continues into Friday hosted by Ray J, Quincy Combs with correspondent Jessica White, featuring performances from Young Greatness, O.T. Genasis, Dreezy and Christian Combs and an interview with Akon. The “106 & Park: Live from the 2016 BET Experience, presented by Coca Cola, continues on Saturday with hosts Rae Sremmurd, Mila J with correspondent Jacob Latimore, including performances by Kevin Gates, DLow and Steph Lecor, with a slew of interviews including Regina Hall, Jaz Sinclair, Morris Chestnut, Floyd Mayweather, Chloe x Halle and AKA.  Monday, June 27 caps all of the coverage with “106 & Park: The AfterGlow”bringing back famed hosts Terrence J and Rocsi Diaz and features an interview with V. Bozeman.

The previously announced 2016 “Genius Talks” series sponsored by AT&T are also taking place at the BET Experience @ L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola®.  Top industry icons including DJ Khaled, Snoop Dogg, Gabrielle Union, Birdman, Jermaine Dupri, Angie Martinez, DeVon Franklin, Kirk Franklin and more will take part in a series of thought-provoking Q&A’s and panels speaking to fans about success, the entertainment industry and building empires, introduced by television personality Janell Snowden. The BET Experience “Genius Talks” series sponsored by AT&T will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, adjacent to L.A. Live, on Saturday, June 25, from 2:45 p.m. PST – 7:00 p.m. PST and Sunday, June 26 from 1:30 p.m. PST – 3:00 p.m. PST.  Entry will be on a first come, first served basis.

Also on Saturday from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Nick Cannon & the “Wild N’ Out” crew are bringing their “WILD STYLE” to BETX.  In a special BETX edition of the crowd pleaser “Wild ’N Out Presents: Wildstyle Rap Battle,” five teams of two will bar up and go head to head.  The cast of heavy hitters joining Nick include Chico Bean, Karlous Williams, DC Young Fly, Timothy DeLaGhetto,DoBoy, Charlie Clips, and Conceited. They are all primed, prepped, and ready to step into the rap battleground and wild out as only they can. 

On Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, fans will also be able to attend free concerts all afternoon and into the evening, with performances from heavy hitters and hot new artists including Desiigner, Fat Joe & Remy Ma, O.T. GenasisKevin Gates, Les Twins, Rae Sremmurd, Dreezy, Unlocking the Truth, Jay Watts, AKA and more, on the BETX Main Stage. New artists Bibi Bourelly, BJ the Chicago Kid and Ro James will be performing on the BETX Music stage sponsored by Nissan.  In addition, up-and-coming artists Kodie ShaneJacquees, Chloe x Halle, Jovanie, Detroit Che, Mindless Behavior and Candice Boyd will be taking the stage at the Coca-Cola® Music Studio.

Participants in Saturday’s hot ticket Celebrity Basketball Game Presented by Sprite® includeFloyd Mayweather, Meek Mill, Snoop Dogg, Nick Cannon, Omarion, Wale, The Game, Desiigner and “Black-ish” stars Miles Brown and Marsai Martin, alongside ESPN guest announcers Jemele Hill and Michael Smith.  Additional talent participating in the game includeO.T. Genasis, Silento, Lecrae, Syd Tha Kyd (The Internet), Doug Christie, Guy Dupuy, Marcellus Wiley, Kenny Dobbs, Lil Durk, Rotimi, Erica Ash and Young Greatness. Tip off for the Celebrity Basketball Game presented by Sprite® takes place at 1:00 p.m. PST and will be streamed LIVE to fans at home on www.bet.com.  The Celebrity Basketball Game Presented by Sprite® will also air on BET Wednesday, June 29 at 8:00 PM EST/7:00 PM CST.

Sunday will feature a special event with former Los Angeles Laker Metta World Peace and Olympic gold medalist and WNBA vet Chamique Holdsclaw along with expert Dr. Keisha Downey titled, “BET News Presents: Mental Health in the Black Community.” In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, this will be an in-depth discussion centering on the issue of mental health, the stigmas and concerns of the Black community, and the pressures of modern living. The event will take place from 3:00-4:00 p.m. and will be moderated by Marc Lamont Hill.

Also on Sunday, fans will truly be moved by the BET Experience Gospel Showcase. The BETX Main Stage event will include soul stirring performances by Tasha Cobbs, Tye Tribbett, Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, Tim Bowman Jr., and Ezekiel all hosted by DeVon Franklin.   With GRAMMY award-winning artists, celebrities and surprise guests, this is sure to be a day of inspiration that should not be missed!

VIP Packages for the BET Experience weekend are now on-sale.  In addition to VIP amenities throughout the weekend and incredible seats for STAPLES Center shows, three levels of BETX VIP Packages offer guests the only opportunity to purchase tickets to the highly anticipated BET Awards, broadcast live from Microsoft Theater.  The 1,000+ VIP Packages sold out in 2015, so guests are encouraged to purchase now before the allotment is depleted.  Full package amenities and pricing for the Diamond, Platinum and Gold VIP Packages can be found by visitingBETExperience.com or by calling (877) 234-8425.

General tickets for the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® are now on sale. Single day STAPLES Center show tickets are priced as low as $49.50, while 3-day STAPLES Center concert ticket packages start at $148.50. Tickets will be available at http://www.axs.com/betexperience.

Download the BETX ’16 app powered by AT&T, the #1 source for everything BETX, including real-time event updates, full schedules, daily prizes, live streams and much more.  Follow BET Experience on Twitter @betexperience for the latest and greatest and join the conversation by using #BETX. Feel free to also check us out online at BETExperience.com.

ABOUT BET NETWORKS

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B sted NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), 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 African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE PRESENTED BY COCA-COLA®

BET Networks, an entertainment powerhouse, and AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company and developer/operator of L.A. LIVE, have teamed up once again to create the BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE (BETX), June 23 – 26, 2016 presented by Coca-Cola®. This four-day festival will be filled with music and comedy concerts taking place at The Novo by Microsoft and STAPLES Center; FREE BET Fan Fest at the Los Angeles Convention Center including seminars, celebrity basketball games, celebrity meet & greets; and other special appearances.  The weekend will be capped off with the “BET Awards” on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Microsoft Theater.

About AEG

AEG is the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Corporation, owns, operates or consults with a collection of companies including over 100 of the world’s preeminent facilities such as STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, CA), StubHub Center (Carson, CA), PlayStation Theater (Times Square, New York), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China),  Qudos Bank Arena (Sydney, Australia), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Berlin, Germany), and The O2 arena and entertainment district (London, England).  Developed by AEG, L.A. LIVE is a 4 million square foot / $2.5 billion downtown Los Angeles sports, & entertainment district featuring Microsoft Theater and a 54-story, 1001-room convention “headquarters” destination.  In addition to overseeing privately held management shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, assets of AEG Sports include franchises such as the LA Kings, LA Galaxy and the Amgen Tour of California cycling stage race.  Along with AEG Facilities, other global divisions include AEG Live, the world’s second largest concert promotion and touring companies comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions and AEG Global Partnerships, responsible for worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships, naming rights and other strategic partnerships.  In 2010, AEG launched its AEG 1EARTH environmental program featuring the industry’s first sustainability report while in 2011, AEG introduced AXS a comprehensive entertainment platform serving as the company’s primary consumer brand including AXS Ticketing which provides fans the opportunity to purchase tickets directly from their favorite venues via a user-friendly ticketing interface, Examiner.com and the AXS TV network, a linear cable channel focusing on live entertainment and lifestyle programming available in nearly 40 million homes. AEG’s European headquarters are located in London.  Global headquarters are in Los Angeles.  For more information, visit: www.aegworldwide.com.

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CEO of RF Focus, Radio and Music Industry Veteran. Radio DJ, Programmer, Musician and Voice Talent. Graduated from Performing Arts in Buffalo, N.Y. and worked at the legendary KKBT (92.3 The Beat) during its nationwide heyday in the early 90s. Also worked for Stevie Wonder at KJLH.