Every year the BET Awards gets blacker, bolder and a lot more RoyalTee! And we love every minute. Here are 5 of our favorites
1. Yara Shadidi wins Young Stars Award
From Black-ish to Harvard, this young ‘college-bound’ Royal Woman oozes #blackgirlmagic. The 19 year-old is also an active activist, speaking freely on major social issues from Black Lives Matter to LGBT. During her acceptance speech Sunday night, she took a moment to acknowledge what would have been Tamir Rice’s 15 year-old birthday. Rice was shot and killed by a police officer in 2015, just one of many young black men who have been victims of police brutality and stereotype. Her platform and willingness to stand for others is ushering in an new generation of civil rights for young black women. And we can’t wait to see what she achieves next!
2. Xscape Reunion
Well we only waited 15 plus years! Kandi Burruss, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, Tamika Scott, LaTocha Scott came back and serenaded us with classics such as “Understanding” and “Who Can I Run To.” The group originally broke up because of petty feuds and misunderstandings. But time heals all. Back in March, the ladies of the 90s R&B group announced they’ll be coming back together on Atlanta’s V-103. And we hope they stay together! Their music is timeless.
3. Michelle Obama’s Video appearance
Our Former First Lady wasn’t at the BET Awards physically, but like she says in an video message that night, her and Former President Barack Obama were there in spirit. When Chance the Rapper received the 2017 Humanitarian Award, his biggest admirer delivered a taped message to congratulate him. ‘ Auntie Michelle’ says she and Barack had known Chance and his family since he was little. She congratulated him on his contributions to his community and education. Recently, the 24 year-old donated $4 million to Chicago’s public schools. What an honor! And of course, its always refreshing to see the Obamas in any headline. Missing you!!
4. Beyoncé wins Viewer’s Choice Award- and then some.
Queen Bee wasn’t there to accept the award for the universe-changing, Lemonade album. No doubt, our Royal Woman is at home resting and taking care of the new Carter twins. But her equally talented protégés, Chloe and Halle were there to accept the award on her behalf. They read a personal thank you note from Beyoncé. Then later, the sisters posted a personal congratulations and thank you to Bee herself for being their light and inspiration. Other awards new Mama Bee picked up were Best Female R&B/ Pop Artist, Video Director of the Year ( Sorry) and Album of the Year ( Lemonade).
5. Solange wins Centric Award
From big sister to little sister, Solange is a powerhouse in her own right. And her hit, “Cranes in the Sky” was one of many songs that became an anthem for black women in 2016. She repeatedly thanked her family and friends for their support. As well as the universe for allowing this moment. Yes, Solange it was (is) your time!
Of course, there were more than 5 spotlights from Sunday, but these are the ones that stood out to us. What were your favorite moments?
A working journalist, entrepreneur and founder of RoyalTee Enterprises. Born and raised in Tampa, Fla. The vision of RoyalTee was inspired in 2015 by Alexia’s ambitions to return to her passion for creative writing and publishing and create a platform to showcase the excellence of minority women across the country through professional, personal and social ventures.