The 2019 BET Awards aired last night and it is still trending all over social media. The show was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California and brought out all the Black star power. Washington, D.C native Regina Hall was the host and tons of celebs were in attendance: Cardi B, Tyler Perry, Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Lil Nas X, DJ Khaled and more.
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The show celebrated all things Black in music, movies and sports. There was also a tribute for Nipsey Hussle and honors for Tyler Perry and Mary J. Blige with the network’s Ultimate Icon Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, respectively.
As NewsOne reported, Perry broke the Internet when he took a dig at the Oscars So White movement by saying, “When I built my studio, I built it in a neighborhood that is one of the poorest Black neighborhoods in Atlanta so that young Black kids could see that a Black man did that, and they can do it too. I was trying to help somebody cross. The studio was once a Confederate Army base, which meant that there was Confederate soldiers on that base, plotting and planning on how to keep 3.9 million Negroes enslaved. Now that land is owned by one Negro.”
He continued, “It’s all about trying to help somebody cross. While everybody else was fighting for a seat at the table, talking about ‘#OscarsSoWhite, #OscarsSoWhite,’ I said, ‘Y’all go ahead and do that. While you’re fighting for a seat at the table, I’ll be down in Atlanta building my own.’ Because what I know for sure is that if I could just build this table, God will prepare it for me in the presence of my enemies.”
Well, that wasn’t the only epic moment from last night. If you didn’t have time to watch the three-hour show, here is everything you need in just ten tweets.