BET'S Black Star Power 70's Soul Cinema Hips Viewers To Six Classic African-American Films

Snoop and Foxy Brown Host May 2001 Movie Series



Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Black Entertainment Television

    WASHINGTON, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 30 years ago, polyester,
 Afros, bellbottoms, platform shoes and funk music helped to define the
 African-American entertainment scene.  These images live on in BET's 70's Soul
 Cinema series, featuring six of the classic movies of the 1970's.  Black
 Entertainment Television (BET) goes back -- way back -- with the help of hosts
 Snoop and Foxy Brown to celebrate the scene in full retro style.  The rap
 stars introduce the films and talk about how these movies influence their
 lives and today's entertainment industry.  Every weekend throughout the month
 of May, BET's 70's Soul Cinema series will feature one of these hit movie
 titles: Black Caesar, Cooley High, Blacula, Coffy, Foxy Brown, and Scream,
 Blacula, Scream.  An interactive element on the BET.com web site and a BET
 News segment will support the series.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010426/DCTH083 )
     "These films influenced generations of our community and helped to provide
 opportunities for many black actors during a critical time in our country's
 history," said Veronica Hutchinson, vice president of programming for BET.
 "We're proud to be able to honor the cultural significance and pure fun of the
 films in this series."
     This special programming theme is made possible through BET's expanded
 library of major motion picture titles.  Additional specials are under
 development for programming through 2002, including basic cable premieres of
 urban box office hits.
     BET.com will also "get down" with the series through interactive games and
 original content focusing on the movies. The http://www.bet.com/soulcinema
 page will launch on May 1 where visitors can participate in contests and check
 their knowledge of the movies and stars. Online activities include the BET
 Black Star Power 70's Soul Cinema Trivia Game. Additional original content
 includes message boards and polls about such topics as the best movie theme
 song and the influence of these films in current society.  A schedule of
 online chats with stars from the films will also be posted, with opportunities
 to chat with such stars as Glynn Turman (Cooley High) and others.
 
     BET's 70's Soul Cinema -- Movie Descriptions:
 
         Black Caesar
         A racist, corrupt cop partially cripples a young black boy who later
         rises to power and becomes the kingpin of crime in Harlem. Starring
         Fred Williamson, Val Avery, Phillip Roye. (Saturday, May 5 at 11:00
         p.m.)
 
         Cooley High
         An inner-city Chicago high school ... the early 60's. High-school days
         are filled with youthful pranks, playing hooky and dreams of the
         future ... until a young basketball star is killed in a beating.
         Starring Glynn Turman, Lawrence Hilton Jacobs, Garrett Morris and
         Cynthia Davis. (Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.)
 
         Coffy
         A nurse posing as a prostitute goes after those responsible for
         turning her young sister into a heroin addict. Starring Pam Grier,
         Booker Bradshaw and Robert Doqui. (Saturday, May 12 at 11:00 p.m. and
         Friday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m.)
 
         Foxy Brown
         A film about a woman whose drug-dealing brother ratted on her
         undercover narcotics-agent boyfriend to the mob ... and she in turn,
         poses as a call girl to infiltrate the mobsters who butchered him.
         Starring the original Foxy Brown, Pam Grier and Peter Brown.
         (Saturday, May 19 at 11:00 p.m.)
 
         Blacula
         An old victim of Count Dracula's bite is loose and stalking the
         streets of 20th -century Los Angeles. Starring William Marshall,
         Denise Nicolas and Vonetta McGee. (Friday, May 25 at 8:00 p.m.)
 
         Scream, Blacula, Scream
         Blacula, back in the world of the living by means of voodoo, is now
         loose with an insatiable bloodlust on a small community in the
         Louisiana backcountry. Starring William Marshall, Don Mitchell, Pam
         Grier, Michael Conrad and Bernie Hamilton. (Saturday, May 26 at 11:00
         p.m.).
 
     All times are ET/PT.
 
     Black Entertainment Television, a subsidiary of Viacom, is the nation's
 only 24-hour television network providing quality programming targeted toward
 the African-American audience.  BET reaches more than 65 million households
 according to Nielsen media research.
 
     For more information, log on to http://www.bet.com
 
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SOURCE Black Entertainment Television
    WASHINGTON, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 30 years ago, polyester,
 Afros, bellbottoms, platform shoes and funk music helped to define the
 African-American entertainment scene.  These images live on in BET's 70's Soul
 Cinema series, featuring six of the classic movies of the 1970's.  Black
 Entertainment Television (BET) goes back -- way back -- with the help of hosts
 Snoop and Foxy Brown to celebrate the scene in full retro style.  The rap
 stars introduce the films and talk about how these movies influence their
 lives and today's entertainment industry.  Every weekend throughout the month
 of May, BET's 70's Soul Cinema series will feature one of these hit movie
 titles: Black Caesar, Cooley High, Blacula, Coffy, Foxy Brown, and Scream,
 Blacula, Scream.  An interactive element on the BET.com web site and a BET
 News segment will support the series.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010426/DCTH083 )
     "These films influenced generations of our community and helped to provide
 opportunities for many black actors during a critical time in our country's
 history," said Veronica Hutchinson, vice president of programming for BET.
 "We're proud to be able to honor the cultural significance and pure fun of the
 films in this series."
     This special programming theme is made possible through BET's expanded
 library of major motion picture titles.  Additional specials are under
 development for programming through 2002, including basic cable premieres of
 urban box office hits.
     BET.com will also "get down" with the series through interactive games and
 original content focusing on the movies. The http://www.bet.com/soulcinema
 page will launch on May 1 where visitors can participate in contests and check
 their knowledge of the movies and stars. Online activities include the BET
 Black Star Power 70's Soul Cinema Trivia Game. Additional original content
 includes message boards and polls about such topics as the best movie theme
 song and the influence of these films in current society.  A schedule of
 online chats with stars from the films will also be posted, with opportunities
 to chat with such stars as Glynn Turman (Cooley High) and others.
 
     BET's 70's Soul Cinema -- Movie Descriptions:
 
         Black Caesar
         A racist, corrupt cop partially cripples a young black boy who later
         rises to power and becomes the kingpin of crime in Harlem. Starring
         Fred Williamson, Val Avery, Phillip Roye. (Saturday, May 5 at 11:00
         p.m.)
 
         Cooley High
         An inner-city Chicago high school ... the early 60's. High-school days
         are filled with youthful pranks, playing hooky and dreams of the
         future ... until a young basketball star is killed in a beating.
         Starring Glynn Turman, Lawrence Hilton Jacobs, Garrett Morris and
         Cynthia Davis. (Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.)
 
         Coffy
         A nurse posing as a prostitute goes after those responsible for
         turning her young sister into a heroin addict. Starring Pam Grier,
         Booker Bradshaw and Robert Doqui. (Saturday, May 12 at 11:00 p.m. and
         Friday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m.)
 
         Foxy Brown
         A film about a woman whose drug-dealing brother ratted on her
         undercover narcotics-agent boyfriend to the mob ... and she in turn,
         poses as a call girl to infiltrate the mobsters who butchered him.
         Starring the original Foxy Brown, Pam Grier and Peter Brown.
         (Saturday, May 19 at 11:00 p.m.)
 
         Blacula
         An old victim of Count Dracula's bite is loose and stalking the
         streets of 20th -century Los Angeles. Starring William Marshall,
         Denise Nicolas and Vonetta McGee. (Friday, May 25 at 8:00 p.m.)
 
         Scream, Blacula, Scream
         Blacula, back in the world of the living by means of voodoo, is now
         loose with an insatiable bloodlust on a small community in the
         Louisiana backcountry. Starring William Marshall, Don Mitchell, Pam
         Grier, Michael Conrad and Bernie Hamilton. (Saturday, May 26 at 11:00
         p.m.).
 
     All times are ET/PT.
 
     Black Entertainment Television, a subsidiary of Viacom, is the nation's
 only 24-hour television network providing quality programming targeted toward
 the African-American audience.  BET reaches more than 65 million households
 according to Nielsen media research.
 
     For more information, log on to http://www.bet.com
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X57506204
 
 SOURCE  Black Entertainment Television