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Virtual BET Awards, Here’s a Look at the Winners

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The virtual 2020 BET Awards took place June 28, 2020, hosted by comedian Amanda Seales. The award show paid tribute to Kobe Bryant and Little Richard and had virtual performances by Alicia Keys, Chloe x Halle, Megan Thee Stallion and others. Beyoncé was presented with the Humanitarian Award by Michelle Obama. The award show also shed light on the events happening across the country in demanding social justice.

Here is a complete list of the 2020 BET Award winners:

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

  • Beyoncé
    H.E.R.
    Jhene Aiko
    Kehlani
    WINNER: Lizzo
    Summer Walker

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

  • Anderson.Paak
    WINNER: Chris Brown
    Jacquees
    Khalid 
    The Weeknd
    Usher 

Best Group

  • Chloe X Halle
    City Girls
    EarthGang
    Griselda
    JackBoys
    WINNER: Migos

Best Collaboration

  • WINNER: “No Guidance,” Chris Brown featuring Drake
    “Higher,” DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend
    “Life is Good,” Future featuring Drake
    “Slide,” H.E.R. featuring YG
    “Hot Girl Summer,” Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign
    “On Chill,” Wale featuring Jeremih

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

  • WINNER: DaBaby
    Drake
    Future
    Lil Baby 
    Roddy Ricch
    Travis Scott

Best Female Hip Hop Artist 

  • Cardi B
    Doja Cat
    Lizzo
    WINNER: Megan Thee Stallion
    Nicki Minaj
    Saweetie

Video of the Year

  • “No Guidance,” Chris Brown featuring Drake
    “Bop,” DaBaby
    WINNER: “Higher,” DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend
    “Say So,” Doja Cat
    “Hot Girl Summer,” Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign
    “The Box,” Roddy Ricch

Video Director of the Year

  • Benny Boom
    Cole Bennett
    Dave Meyers
    Director X
    Eif Rivera
    WINNER: Teyana “Spike Tee” Taylor

Best New Artist 

  • Danileigh
    Lil Nas X
    Pop Smoke
    WINNER: Roddy Ricch
    Summer Walker
    YBN Cordae

Album of the Year

  • Cuz I Luv You, Lizzo
    Fever, Megan Thee Stallion
    Homecoming: The Live Album, Beyoncé
    I Used To Know Her, H.E.R.
    Kirk, DaBaby
    WINNER: Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial, Roddy Ricch

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

  • “Alright,” Fred Hammond
    “I Made It Out,” John P. Kee featuring Zacardi Cortez
    “Follow God,” Kanye West
    “All In His Plan,” PJ Morton featuring Le’Andria Johnson and Mary Mary
    “Victory,” The Clark Sisters
    WINNER: “Just for Me,” Kirk Franklin

Best Actress

  • Angela Bassett
    Cynthia Erivo
    WINNER: Issa Rae
    Regina King
    Tracee Ellis Ross
    Zendaya 

Best Actor

  • Billy Porter
    Eddie Murphy
    Forest Whitaker
    Jamie Foxx
    WINNER: Michael B. Jordan
    Omari Hardwick  

Young Stars Award

  • Alex Hibbert
    Asante Blackk
    Jahi Di’Allo Winston
    WINNER: Marsai Martin
    Miles Brown
    Storm Reid

Best Movie

  • Bad Boys For Life
    Dolemite Is My Name
    Harriet
    Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé
    Just Mercy
    WINNER: Queen & Slim

Sportswoman of the Year

  • Ajeé Wilson
    Claressa Shields
    Coco Gauff
    Naomi Osaka
    Serena Williams
    WINNER: Simone Biles

Sportsman of the Year

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    Kawhi Leonard
    WINNER: Lebron James
    Odell Beckham Jr.
    Patrick Mahomes II
    Stephen Curry

BET Her Award

  • “Underdog,” Alicia Keys
    WINNER: “Brown Skin Girl,” Beyoncé featuring Blue Ivy Carter, WizKid and SAINt JHN
    “Melanin,” Ciara featuring Lupita Nyong’o, Ester Dean, City Girls and LaLa
    “I Choose,” Layton Greene
    “Tempo,” Lizzo featuring Missy Elliot
    “Afeni,” Rapsody featuring PJ Morton

Viewer’s Choice Award

  • “No Guidance,” Chris Brown featuring Drake
    “Bop,” DaBaby
    “Life is Good,” Future featuring Drake
    WINNER: “Hot Girl Summer,” Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign
    “The Box,” Roddy Ricch
    “Heartless,” The Weeknd

Best International Act

  • WINNER: Burna Boy (Nigeria)
    Innoss’B (DR Congo)
    Sho Madjozi (South Africa)
    Dave (United Kingdom)
    Stormzy (United Kingdom)
    Ninho (France)
    S.Pri Noir (France)

Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act

  • Rema (Nigeria)
    WINNER: Sha Sha (Zimbabwe)
    Celeste (United Kingdom)
    Young T & Bugsey (United Kingdom)
    Hatik (France)
    Stacy (France)

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

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Kenne Lewis is a Digital Intern at Black News Alerts from Detroit, MI but currently residing in Atlanta, GA. She has B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in New Media Journalism.

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Jaleel White Launches Cannabis Brand ‘Purple Urkle’

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The Family Matters actor launched his own cannabis brand in a partnership with 710 Labs.

What We Know:

  • Jaleel White’s new cannabis line is called ‘ItsPurpl’, and features variants of a popular cannabis strain ‘Purple Urkle’. The brand will launch onto California dispensary shelves on April 20, 2021. The brand has plans to potentially grow more marketplaces in the future. White revealed in a statement to Forbes that he was frustrated in seeing there was no brand leader for the ‘Purple Urkle’ weed strain.
  • Purple weed is made possible by the use of Flavonoids. Flavonoids are a class of plant pigments and the pigments work in combination with other chemicals to give plants distinctive and varied colors. The main Flavonoid responsible for purple cannabis is Anthocyanin. Anthocyanin gives plants a red, purple, or blue hue depending on the pH level. A more neutral pH level gives plants a purple color.
  • ‘Purple Urkle’ has been around since cannabis was legalized in California. White’s variant of ‘Purple Urkle’ will be sold as eighths. Additionally, the brand will include vape pens with live rosin pods and Noodle Doinks. Noodle Doinks is a hand-rolled joint that has a rotini pasta filter. White has admitted that he plans to create edibles but states, “We gotta crawl before we can walk.”
  • 710 Labs founder, Brad Melshenker, believed that collaboration with White made perfect sense. He revealed that he generally doesn’t do celebrity partnerships, but he and White are actually friends which makes the collaboration genuine. The two individuals met on a flight and connected over their shared love for cannabis.

710 Labs began in Boulder, Colorado in 2009 and has since moved its base to Los Angeles, California.

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Daughter of Dennis Rodman Makes History in Her NWSL Debut

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Trinity Rodman cemented her professional soccer debut with a goal on Saturday for Washington’s Spirit team.

What We Know:

  • Rodman is 18 and just became the youngest player ever drafted in the league as the second overall pick in 2021. She subbed in for fellow teammate Kumi Yokoyama after 55 minutes and scored after playing five minutes during the game. Yokoyama originally put Spirit on the scoreboard with a goal. The Washington Spirit lost the game to North Carolina Courage in the National Woman’s Soccer League (NWSL).
  • Rodman’s father, Dennis Rodman, won five NBA league championships with the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls. Dennis is regarded as one of the most prolific defensive players and rebounders in NBA history. Despite her father’s notable accomplishments, she admits that her role model is actually her mother, Michelle.

“I just want everyone to know that my mom’s been my support system in everything in life and she’s my best friend and my rock,” Trinity stated after the game.

  • The Spirit team is due to return to their home at Audi Field and host Racing Louisville FC in the challenge cup on Thursday. Prior to her pro career, Rodman was a finalist for U.S Soccer’s Young Female Player of the Year. She was the standout for the women’s U.S U20 National team. She scored eight goals and six assists at the 2020 CONCACAF U20 Women’s Championship last March.
  • Rodman was originally supposed to play for Washington State as a freshman, but the 2020 NCAA season was postponed until the spring. Trinity plays the forward position and in 2018 played 164 minutes in the U-17 Women’s World Cup and provided one assist. She was the number one high school recruit in the country in 2020 and had extensive international experience, having played throughout the U.S National Team system.

So far, Rodman has significantly impacted Washington’s Spirit team and hopefully can continue to surprise senior players in the NWSL.

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Kid Cudi Pays Tribute to Kurt Cobain with Floral Dress for SNL Debut

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The performance took place days after the 27th anniversary of the Nirvana singer’s death.

What We Know:

  • Rapper Scott Mescudi, a.k.a. Kid Cudi, performed songs from his latest album, Man on the Moon III: The Chosen, on this week’s Saturday Night Live episode. In both of his performances, “Tequila Shots” and “Sad People,” he paid tribute to lost celebrities.
  • While singing “Tequila Shots,” Cudi wore a fuzzy olive-green cardigan. It was similar to one Kurt Cobain sported during Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged in New York months before his death in 1994. Underneath the cardigan, he donned a white shirt with a headshot of late SNL comedian Chris Farley, who passed away in 1997.
  • When Cudi performed “Sad People,” he changed into a spaghetti-strap floral-print dress. This was another tribute to Cobain, as he wore similar apparel on the cover of “The Face” in 1993.
  • Many fans praised Cudi for his attire and performance. They were happy that he was spreading awareness about suicide and prevention on SNL. Cobain committed suicide at the age of 27. Cudi has also struggled with mental health issues. In 2016, he registered himself into rehab for “depression and suicidal urges.”  He made the statement on Facebook and signed the post with this real name. He described himself as “a damaged human swimming in a pool of emotions every day of my life” on the social media page. Additionally, he said his depression and anxiety ruled his life for as long as he could remember. He emphasized he would no longer hold himself back. His openness sparked a national conversation on Black men’s mental health.
  • Cudi mentioned on Twitter that Off White CEO Virgil Abloh designed the dress for him. Furthermore, he mentioned that he wanted to commemorate Cobain somehow in the outfit.

In a follow-up tweet, Cudi announced he is collaborating with Off White. He also stated the dress he wore on SNL would be included in the collection. Cudi is continuing Cobain’s legacy of advocacy and acceptance to ensure no one else succumbs to their battle with mental illness.

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