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Recently, Debra, who has been with the network for 26 years, spoke with FOX Business Network’s Gerri Willis and revealed that BET has made long strides in improving and getting more strict about what they allow to air. The shift in programming has caused them to deny videos from major money-making artists such as Kanye West, Rihanna, and Ciara

On the Criticism of Degrading Women

“I think the criticism has gone away. The first thing I did, which was in the works anyway, was to create more original programming that shows different images of women. So our sitcoms have started doing that. We’ve got more documentaries. We’re going to get into the drama business. We’ve cut back on the amount of music videos, that’s how we grew up but now we’re in a position where we can do other kinds programming.”

On Becoming More Selective With Programming

“We’ve gotten more strict on what we allow on air. We used to live by broadcast standards, but as the hip hop industry got a little more risqué we had actually had to bring that back some and say just because it can be on the air doesn’t mean it has to be on the air.”

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FreddyO Update: Dj Megatron Murderer’s Found!

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Authorities and Megatron’s family believe the murderers were after Megatron’s dough and a watch he got as a gift from his little girl

Authorities revealed:

The sad revelation came after police announced the arrest of William Williams, 21, and Richard Cromwell, 20, for the murder of the 32-year-old, whose real name was Corey McGriff.

The two men approached McGriff on Osgood Ave. about 2 a.m. March 27 and one of the men fired a single shot in the DJ’s body, killing him, police said.

The heartless pair swiped a wad of cash from McGriff’s pocket and the watch off his wrist, police and family said.

“It was an inexpensive watch that his daughter gave him,” his mother, Louvenia McGriff, 60, told the Daily News from her Georgia home.

“He loved it because she gave it to him,” she said.

The grieving mother said detectives told the family the watch was recovered shortly before the two men were arrested. READ MORE

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Last night, WE tv toasted the premiere of their upcoming reality series “BRAXTON FAMILY VALUES” on the rooftop of the posh London Hotel in West Hollywood. The striking cast of, her sisters Traci, Towanda, Trina, and Tamar and their mom Evelyn, wowed the pink carpet along with Gabrielle Union, Toya Carter, Michael Jai White, Shanice Wilson, Interscope R&B newcomer Timothy Bloom and more.

BRAXTON FAMILY VALUES premieres Tuesday, April 12 at 9pm ET/PT on WE tv. I said it before and i’ll say it again,when they came to the ATL to give us an exclusive look into the first episode. They ladies are going to give you everything you need when it comes to the world of entertaining. Please take my word for it and tune in next week.

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Naked mom-to-be Mariah Carey channels her inner Demi Moore by strategically covering her private parts for the latest cover of Life & Style magazine.

“I was feeling very vulnerable about taking pictures at all right now, but then I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to document this once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Carey tells the publication. “My ultimate goal was to share this incredibly personal moment with my true fans.”

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Drake, Lil Wayne End Young Money Beef Rumors Onstage

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Drake made a surprise appearance during the Washington, D.C. stop on Lil Wayne’s “I Am Still Music” tour, performing several songs with his mentor, and addressing the rumors that he had split from his Young Money crew.

Introducing his Canadian protégé with a heartfelt dedication before launching into their duet, ‘Miss Me,’ Wayne thanked the crowd for their support.

“I know ya’ll know a few months ago I was locked up and s–t, but it was people like Drake and people like y’all that made me feel like I wasn’t even there, so I appreciate that s–t. I really do. I just wanted you to miss me while I was gone!”

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I have to say I need a good laugh and after going to Crunktastical.net and watching the Queen of Youtube, Lady Ices gave me everything I needed and some… Ices who took over the internet after falling off A table 2 years ago just released her new hit video Ride… I have to say Ices gave CiCi a run for her money let us know that big girls can ride and smoother  the Di*k better than a skinny girl ever could.

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At one point in the video Ices did CiCi’s infamous matrix bin and like any big girl who knows her limit quit while she was ahead… make sure yall go and scribe to her youtube channel and show her some love… READ MORE

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Former “Real Housewives” star DeShawn Snow dropped 30 pounds after going through the drama, the tears, and the sadness, in the public eye. How she did it is another journey in itself.

The sexy mama of three, who struggled through a divorce from NBA player Eric Snow last summer, came out of the pain on top. She tells UsMagazine.com that she felt like everything around her was out of her control.

“I had no control over anything that was happening in my life and the weight and working out was something I could control.”

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Jay-Z and Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz went and settled their 40/40 Club lawsuit a day before they were scheduled to duke it out in court. According to legal documents, the rapper was suing the athlete for allegedly stealing the title of the 40/40 Club for a similar venue in his own homeland, The Dominican Republic.

“The case has been settled in principle,” said Jay-Z’s attorney Peter Raymond. “We have agreed on the outlines of a settlement and need to reduce it to writing.”

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