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The 2020 BET Awards featured several mentions of the recent Black Lives Matter protests, sparked by George Floyd's death, including rapper DaBaby's performance in which he is pinned to the ground by a police officer's knee on his neck - a reference to the killing of Floyd, 46, in Minneapolis, Minnesota last month.
 

 

Rapper Lil Wayne closed out the 2020 BET Awards by saluting the memory of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who died alongside his teenage daughter, Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash in January.

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In the awards ceremony's In Memoriam segment, Weezy performed his 2009 song "Kobe Bryant" as footage from the basketball icon's career flashed on the screen.

Lil Wayne previously honored the sportsman on his album Funeral earlier this year - one track, "Bing James," included 24 seconds of silence - a nod to Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers number 24.

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Host Amanda Seales paid tribute to the late Rock-n-Roll singer Little Richard. She made references to Breonna Taylor, the emergency medical technician who was killed when police officers raided her apartment during a wrong house no-knock warrant.

Seales also poked fun at all the well-meaning and opportunistic white folk who passionately support the Black Lives Matter movement.

"I must admit, this BET Awards is a little different," Seales said. "The main thing is it's virtual. We're getting real in touch with being real inside. Because outside is on one. It's got COVID and cops... It's like we hated on 2019 so much, it called its brother, 2020, to come through and provide a collective Molly whop. And that's precisely why we had to do the awards, because we deserve a break.

"And when I say 'we', I mean all us black folks watching the kneeling... the 'I take responsibility' vids, and saying to ourselves, 'Wow, Y'all goofy...!' America is acting brand new about racism, like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was doing all the speeches for album interludes...

"We been out here in these streets marching, and this new eruption of consciousness has been beautiful. But keep it real though, some of y'all was only at the protest because the club is closed."

The full list of BET Awards winners

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist - Lizzo

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist - Chris Brown

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist - Megan Tee Stallion

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist - Da Baby

Best New Artist - Roddy Ricch

Best Group - Migos

Best Collaboration - No Guidance by Chris Brown feat. Drake

Video of the Year - Higher by DJ Khaled feat. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend

Video Director of the year - Teyana 'Spike Lee' Taylor

Album of the Year - Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial by Roddy Ricch

Best Gospel/Inspirational Award - Just For Me by Kirk Franklin

BET Her Award - Brown Skin Girl by Beyonce feat. Blue Ivy Carter, Wizkid & Saint Jhn

Viewers' Choice Award - Hot Girl Summer by Megan Thee Stallion & Nicki Minaj

Best International Act - Burna Boy (Nigeria)

Best New International Act - Sha Sha (Zimbabwe)

Best Movie - Queen & Slim

Youngstars Award - Marsai Martin

Best Actor - Michael B. Jordan

Best Actress - Issa Rae

Humanitarian Award - Beyonce

Sportswoman of the Year - Simone Biles

Sportsman of the Year - LeBron James
 

 

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Amanda Seales has parted ways with The Real daytime talk show following a fight with former co-host Jeannie Mai, according to published reports.

The comedian shocked fans when she announced she's leaving her hosting gig after just 6 months on the job.

MTO News reports that Amanda walked off the set after she got into a heated argument with outspoken co-host Jeannie, who is engaged to rapper Jeezy.

But publicly, Amanda claims she left because the show's producers kept censoring her.

"I didn't renew it, because it doesn't feel good to my soul to be at a place where I can not, speak to my people the way they need to be spoken to," she explained.

"I'm not at a space where as a full Black woman I can have my voice and my co-workers also have their voices and where the people at the top are not respecting the necessity for Black voices to be at the top too."

Amanda was a controversial co-host who didn't bite her tongue and constantly butted heads with producers and her co-hosts behind the scenes.

Inside sources say her co-hosts - Jeannie, Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, and Tamera Mowry-Housley - are happy to see her go.

Co-host Loni Love unfollowed Seales on social media.
 

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Amanda Seales lashed out at Kim Kardashian West for a controversial photo shoot in which she appears a few shades darker.

Kim is accused of wearing "blackface" in a photo shoot for 7 Hollywood magazine. The mother-of-four sparked outrage after she released images from the shoot on social media on Thursday.

She captioned the images: "WHAT A DREAM."

"Are you f***ing kidding me?" Amanda wrote in all caps in the caption of a repost of Kim's photo.

In a video on Instagram.com, Amanda compared Kim's pose to a similar pose by Beyonce Knowles-Carter, and she claimed Kim was emulating Diahann Carroll and Diana Ross.

"Honestly, what is there to say? What is there to say? Cause what folks will say is 'But she has black children.' Stop it. 'But she's Middle Eastern.' Stop it. 'But she's helping black people get out of jail.' Stop! Drop! Shut em down open up... Stop it! 'But she's channeling Elizabeth Taylor' Stop it. Stop it. Stop it...."

She continued:

"You should care that someone is trying to take your rhythm but they don't know your blues... This is basic. This family is notorious for appropriating Black culture. They do not have any grievance about it. They don't give reverence. They don't pay homage. No, they mimic; they take; they commodify..."

Question: What do you think? Is Amanda (and everyone else) overreacting to Kim's photos?
 

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Amanda Seales got the attention of transracial fraud Shaun King when she gave her opinion about convicted murderer Rodney Reed.

In a 9-minute Instagram live video, Seales said she didn't believe convicted rapist Rodney Reed was entirely innocent.

Seales, a 38-year-old comedienne, is best known for performing as part of the duo Floetry. She noted Reed's troublesome habit of leaving his DNA inside multiple rape victims.

"It's very duplicitous, not just his family, but persons who fancy themselves activists, were doing so with the knowledge that this person, Rodney Reed, is not just accused of but has been linked to previous rapes via his DNA being discovered within the victim,” Seales said.

But King, a Caucasian man who claims to be Black, "fact checked" Seales on social media.

"On behalf of the family of Rodney Reed, I have to respond here directly to @AmandaSeales," King wrote.

"We've counted over 20 egregious factual errors in her viral video, but NONE were more inflammatory and damaging than this one.

"Here, she says that Rodney Reed, who she fails to say was a high school student at the time, in Wichita Falls, Texas, raped and killed a woman there. LIES. ALL LIES. I am proud to report that only Amanda, in her rush to get a video out, killed that woman. She is thankfully still alive and well today. She was not murdered by Rodney or anyone else. And a jury voted quickly and unanimously to acquit Rodney on all charges in that case."

He added:

"Do you really think Rodney Reed duped The Innocence Project for the 18 years they’ve been on this case?

Do you think he duped the conservative Board of Pardons and Paroles and the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals?

BE SMART, people.

They saw the actual evidence.

WAKE UP!!"

In a second video, Seales apologized for her error, but she doubled down on her belief that Reed is not innocent because of his history of sexual assaults in Texas - beginning when he was in high school.

In 1997, Reed was charged with aggravated sexual assault and capital murder in the April 23, 1996 murder of Stacey Stites.

Stites, 21, was on her way to work at a grocery store on the morning of April 23, when she was murdered and her body dumped on the side of the road in Bastrop, Texas.

According to police, Stites had been beaten, sodomized, and strangled with her own belt in the hours before she died.

Police believe she was attacked in her fiancé's pickup truck, which she drove to work that morning. The truck was discovered abandoned at Bastrop High School at 5:30 a.m.

DNA found in and on Stites was matched to Rodney Reed - who claimed he didn't know Stites. Reed's DNA was in the system from a separate rape investigation.

After investigators told Reed his DNA was linked to saliva on the victim's chest and sperm cells found in the victim's vaginal cavity, he changed his story and claimed he had a consensual sexual relationship with Stites.

Investigators tested the DNA of 15 men, but only Reed's DNA matched the saliva and the sperm found inside the victim.

Reed claimed he lied about knowing the victim because she was "a dead white girl" who dated a cop in the south.

During Reed's trial, his defense attorneys were unable to present any evidence that he knew the victim prior to her murder.

He didn't know her phone number or where she lived. And no witnesses were called who could place them together at the same time in the days or weeks prior to her murder.

Reed's defense was unable to explain how his saliva was found on the victim's chest if they had consensual sex 24 hours earlier. Most people take a bath or a shower before going to work.

Reed's defense claimed Stites was murdered by her fiancé, a former cop who was later arrested and charged with a separate rape.

An all-white jury found Reed guilty on multiple charges of raping and murdering Stites, and he was sentenced to death.

Seales is not the only person who is confident that Reed is not an innocent victim, due to his troubled history of depositing his DNA in previous rape victims.

Legal analysts say the appeals board was correct to delay Reed's execution for 120 days, but Reed is far from an innocent victim.

The appeals court denied Reed's attorneys' request to reduce his death sentence to life in prison - an indication that his own attorneys know Reed will not be acquitted of rape and murder if he is granted a new trial.

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Amanda Seales responded to the backlash after she complained about being thrown out of an Emmys afterparty. Seales is best known by the stage name Amanda Diva as a comedian, poet, rapper and member of the R&B duo Floetry alongside Marsha Ambrosius.

The Insecure actress was thrown out of the Black Hollywood Emmys afterparty when Issa Rae's publicist spotted her.

Seales took to Twitter.com to complain about her mistreatment. She was upset that no one in the room, including her fellow cast members, stepped up to defend her.

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Actor Sarunas Jackson, who plays Dro on Insecure, called Seales "a disrespectful-ass human being" who shouldn't "expect people to want to hang out with you. It's quite simple. Sit it out."

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But Seales wasn't ready to accept that she is responsible for her own misery.

"If I saw this happening to someone else, I would have been all up in that shit," she said.

"I guess what fascinates me is the excitement of people to be like, 'She must be a bitch! She's got to be a bitch! If everyone's saying she's a bitch then she must be a bitch!' I think that's fascinating to me because, because I don't know what value that has in their lives. I think that's what trips me out about it."

She concluded, "Some people like me. Some people don't. But I do not lie. Have a good day."
 

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