LOS ANGELES, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- In tonight's season finale of
BET's hit reality series LIL' KIM: COUNTDOWN TO LOCKDOWN, it is the day of
her surrender and Lil' Kim's family, friends and business associates are
trying to adjust to what life will be like once the pint-sized diva begins
her 366-day jail term in Philadelphia's Federal Detention Center. Viewers
can witness the final chapter in her journey during the episode premiere on
Thursday, April 20 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
"Today I'm going away. I'm turning myself in to U.S. Marshalls," says
Lil' Kim in the show's intro. "It still feels surreal, but I gotta do what
I gotta do."
The first order of business on her to-do list is to undergo a major
transformation: though rap superstar Lil' Kim is the one who was convicted
for false statements to a Grand Jury about an incident occurring outside a
New York City radio station two years ago, Kimberly Jones is the one
serving time. That means bye-bye weave, high-glam makeup, fashionista
wardrobe and acrylic nails.
Lil' Kim also ponders what else she'd like to do before lockdown --
like maybe "have sex." Her mother, however, is just trying to cope with the
fact that her daughter is going to jail in a matter of hours. She is so
stressed that she actually faints when the family minister leads a prayer
session with Lil' Kim and members of her close-knit inner circle.
BET's cameras captured the emotion as Lil' Kim and her entourage were
transported from her New Jersey mansion to Philly on a tour bus. Initially,
Lil' Kim's legal team believed their client would receive the same kind of
'Camp Cupcake' location granted to Martha Stewart to fulfill her term of
incarceration. But instead of chilling in the West Virginia countryside,
Lil' Kim will be serving hard time at Philly's Federal Detention Center.
Despite this fact, Kim vows to remain strong and "thug it out."
As the bus draws closer to its destination, her entertainment attorney
and business manager Londell is busy running interference with the feds who
have issued a warrant for the rap diva's arrest because she is already an
hour late. Though he's not a criminal trial attorney, Londell ruminates on
whether "all of this could have been avoided" had he handled her defense.
That's a common theme among the other passengers on the bus --
particularly with Lil' Kim's brother, Chris. He still can't wrap his head
around the how's and why's of his sister's incarceration. Just before
stepping off the bus, an emotionally-spent but resolute Lil' Kim expresses
her love for everyone, exhibiting the courage that has awed observers and
"camp Kim" insiders alike with a simple statement:
"A cell can only hold my body, not my mind," she says to her
supporters. "I love you, and I will see you soon -- sooner than you think."
LIL' KIM: COUNTDOWN TO LOCKDOWN debuted on BET on March 9. The
six-episode series chronicling the rapper's last 14 days of freedom was
produced by BET in collaboration with Edmonds Entertainment and Queen Bee
Entertainment. The premiere episode drew a whopping 1.9 million viewers,
making Lil' Kim the most watched original series in BET's 25-year history.
It is also the highest- rated cable original series among black viewers
Lil' Kim has been incarcerated since Sept. 19.
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), is
the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and
public affairs television programming for the African-American audience.
The primary BET channel reaches more than 80 million households according
to Nielsen media research, and can be seen in the United States, Canada and
the Caribbean. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a
diverse group of businesses extensions: BET.com, the Number 1 Internet
portal for African Americans; BET Digital Networks -- BET J, BET Gospel and
BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes;
BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production
company; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for
the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; and BET Mobile, a
service venture into the lucrative world of ring tones, games and video
content for wireless devices.
ABOUT EDMONDS ENTERTAINMENT
Established by Tracey Edmonds and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Edmonds
Entertainment Group has soared like a floating star to the ranks of
Hollywood's elite entertainment companies, producing award-winning film and
television projects such as the critically acclaimed drama Soul Food for
Showtime, winner of seven NAACP awards as well as the award winning Soul
Food feature film. Other credits include the hit reality series College
Hill for BET.
ABOUT QUEEN BEE ENTERTAINMENT
Launched in 1997 by multi-Platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording
artist Kimberly "Lil' Kim" Jones, Queen Bee Entertainment is a
multi-faceted company that consists of a record company, a film division
and a non-profit organization just to name a few. For more information on
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SOURCE BET (Black Entertainment Television)