Rap Star's Final Hours of Freedom Documented in BET's LIL' KIM: COUNTDOWN TO LOCKDOWN Season Finale, Premiering Tonight at 9:30 P.M. ET/PT

Apr 20, 2006, 01:00 ET from BET (Black Entertainment Television)

    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
 this year.
     Lil' Kim has been incarcerated since Sept. 19.
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     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.
     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
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