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2018 BET Awards Winners

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The 2018 BET Awards took place Sunday at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, Kendrick Lamar taking home to most prizes, for best male hip hop artist and album of the year for “DAMN.”

Beyonce was crowned the best female R&B/pop artist, and Cardi B won for best female hip hop artist.

Migos went got the best group award, while SZA took home best new artist.

Jamie Foxx hosted the show. Anita Baker received the lifetime achievement award.

See the full list of winners below: 

Best Female R&B / Pop Artist Award
Beyonce (WINNER)


SZA
H.E.R.
Rihanna
Kehlani

Best Male R&B / Pop Artist Award

Bruno Mars (WINNER)

Chris Brown

The Weeknd

Khalid

Daniel Caesar

Best Group Award

Migos (WINNER)

A Tribe Called Quest

N.E.R.D.

Rae Sremmurd

Chloe X Halle

Best Collaboration Award

Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”

DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (WINNER)

DJ Khaled feat. Jay-Z, Future & Beyonce – “Top Off”

Cardi B feat. 21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi”

French Montana feat. Swae Lee – “Unforgettable”

Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna – “LOYALTY.”

Best Male Hip Hop Artist Award

Drake

Kendrick Lamar (WINNER)

DJ Khaled

Jay-Z

J. Cole

Best Female Hip Hop Artist Award

Cardi B (WINNER)

Nicki Minaj

Remy Ma

DeJ Loaf

Rapsody

Video of the Year Award

Drake – “God’s Plan” (WINNER)

Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow”

Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”

DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”

Migos feat. Drake – “Walk It Talk It”

Video Director of the Year Award

Benny Boom

Director X

Ava Duvernay (WINNER)

Chris Brown

Dave Meyers

Best New Artist Award

SZA (WINNER)

H.E.R.

Daniel Caesar

GOLDLINK

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

Lecrae feat. Tori Kelly – “I’ll Find You” (WINNER)

Snoop Dogg feat. B. Slade – “Words Are Few”

Ledisi & Kirk Franklin – “If You Don’t Mind”

Marvin Sapp – “Close”

Tasha Cobbs Leonard feat. Nicki Minaj – “I’m Getting Ready”

The Best International Act Award

Booba (France)

Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)

Dadju (France)

Davido (Nigeria)​ (WINNER)

Distruction Boyz (South Africa)

Fally Ipupa (Congo)

J Hus (U.K.)

Niska (France)

Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

Stefflon Don (U.K.)

Stormzy (U.K.)

Best Actress Award

Tiffany Haddish (WINNER)

Lupita Nyong’o

Issa Rae

Angela Bassett

Letitia Wright

Taraji P. Henson

Best Actor Award

Chadwick Boseman (WINNER)

Michael B. Jordan

Donald Glover

Sterling K. Brown

Denzel Washington

Daniel Kaluuya

Young Stars Award

Yara Shahidi (WINNER)

Ashton Tyler

Caleb McLaughlin

Lonnie Chavis

Marsai Martin

Miles Brown

Best Movie Award

“Black Panther” (WINNER)

“Girls Trip”

“A Wrinkle in Time”

“Detroit”

“Mudbound”

Sportswoman of the Year Award

Serena Williams (WINNER)

Venus Williams

Skylar Diggins-Smith

Candace Parker

Elana Meyers Taylor

Sportsman of the Year Award

Stephen Curry

LeBron James (WINNER)

Kevin Durant

Dwyane Wade

Odell Beckham Jr.

Album of the Year Award

“DAMN.” – Kendrick Lamar (WINNER)

“Ctrl” – SZA

“4:44” – Jay-Z

“Culture II” – Migos

“Black Panther: The Album” – Kendrick Lamar & Various Artists

“Grateful” – DJ Khaled

BET Her Award

Janelle Monae – “Django Jane”

Lizzo – “Water Me”

Mary J. Blige – “Strength of a Woman” (WINNER)

Remy Ma feat. Chris Brown – “Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown)”

Chloe X Halle – “The Kids Are Alright”

Leikeli47 – “2nd Fiddle”

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

SZA feat. Travis Scott – “Love Galore”

Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow” (WINNER)

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”

Drake – “God’s Plan”

Migos feat. Cardi B & Nicki Minaj – “Motor Sport”

DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”

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Why Did Michaela Coel Walk Away From a $1 Million Dollar Deal with Netflix?

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Michaela Coel, the star of HBO’s hit series I May Destroy You had to decline Netflix’s $1 million offer after the streaming giant refused to allow her to retain “at least 5 percent of her rights” for the show.

Coel’s success in the U.S. is largely credited to Netflix. The streamer was the U.S. distributor of Coel’s acclaimed comedy series Chewing Gum. Netflix also housed a feature musical titled Been So Long in which Coel was the lead, as well as the drama series Black Earth Rising. Coel also starred in an Emmy-winning episode of Black Mirror, also distributed by Netflix. So, naturally, Coel’s history with the streaming platform made it the premier destination for her new project. After a short negotiation with a Netflix executive, however, Coel had to find a different home for I May Destroy You in order to maintain ownership of the series.

According to Vulture, Coel recalled that Netflix made her a $1 million offer for I May Destroy You in spring 2017 but she turned it down. Why? The streamer wouldn’t allow her to retain any percentage of the copyright. Coel even discontinued her relationship with CAA after it “tried to push her to take the deal”.

I May Destry You is based on Coel’s personal experience of being sexually assaulted during the making of Chewing Gum. At the age of 32, Coel is in full creative control of the series as its showrunner, director, star, and writer. She wrote all 12 episodes and co-directed nine, stars as a young writer Arabella struggling to come to terms and process a recent assault.

The series is now streaming on HBO.

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Ava DuVernay and Whoopi Goldberg Elected to The Academy’s Board of Governors

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just elected members to its 2020-2021 Board of Governors. Among the six newly elected governors are director Ava DuVernay. EGOT winner Whoopi Goldberg has been re-elected for a second three-year term.

For those not familiar with the work of the Board of Governors, here is a breakdown of how it works and what it does.

Per Oscars official website, The Board of Governors directs the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health and assures the fulfillment of its mission.

Governors attend 6-8 board meetings annually (in person or by video). Each Governor also serves on one board oversight committee and their branch’s executive committee, and they are expected to represent their branch at numerous Academy events through the year.

The Academy has a total of 18 branches, including the actors branch and directors branch, where Goldberg and DuVernay will serve. Each branch is represented by three governors who are elected for three-year terms.

Since the #OscarSoWhite campaign in 2015, the Academy has been making efforts to increase diversity across the board. After the most recent election, out of 54 governors, the number of female Academy governors increased from 25 to 26, and people of color increased from 11 to 12.

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‘The Old Guard’ Trailer: Kiki Layne and Chitewel Ejiofor Star in Netflix’s Upcoming Action Flick

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The streaming giant premiered the new poster for its upcoming action-packed film The Old Guard with Charlize Theron, Kiki Layne, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Harry Melling, Van Veronica Ngo, Matthias Schoenaerts and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Based on the comic book of the same name from Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez, The Old Guard tells the story of a group of centuries-old immortals with a supernatural ability to heal. They are forced to hide their identities to save the world. The order of things gets disrupted when they discover that another immortal has “awakened”.

If Beale Street Could Talk star plays Nile Freeman, the new immortal and a U.S. Marine, recruited by Andy (Theron), the leader of the covert group of tight-knit mercenaries. Nile discovers her supernatural powers after being killed on a mission in the Middle East.

Charlize Theron as Andy, Kiki Layne as Nile

Ejiofor plays Copley, a CIA operative and historian who has figured out the identities of the secret group.

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Copley

The superhero film is directed by Love and Basketball‘s Gina Prince-Bythewood and is set to premiere on Friday, July 10.

Watch the official trailer below.

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