BET’s 106 and Park’s original hosts said their final farewells to their TV audience on Friday afternoon after ten years of musical excellence. This is a sad occasion because we love 106 & Park but they are not going away fully.
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After 14 years, BET’s 106 & Park aired its last television episode the series is going in a new direction which will include transitions to online programming. I used to watch 106 & Park in the dorm before heading to band practice. It used to be so much fun and exciting; I knew that I had to get into the entertainment industry. BET’s 106 & Park was a landing spot for America’s biggest acts. Any act that has gotten attention and love from the public have made their way to 106 & Park.
The show decided to take it back to the roots by allowing the two original hosts Free Marie and A.J. Calloway host the final episode.
The finale was epic with guests Keyshia Cole and Wale. I enjoyed listening to the my girl Keyshia talk about her new hit docuseries on VH1. It was good seeing the homie Wale and learn about his musical endeavors.
The one constant thing in life is CHANGE. BET is making moves online and word on the street is that they are thinking about coming to ATLANTA. All I have to say is “BET! Please come to Atlanta and make your boy FreddyO a STAR!”.
Stephen Hill, BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials, had this to say about the show via BET.com:
“AJ accepting Janet Jackson’s challenge to…dance. Bow Wow laying that kiss on Tyra Banks (or was it the other way around?). Free crawling around the set LIKE Catwoman WITH Catwoman Halle Berry. Julissa’s taking over Halloween as “Wonder Woman.” Keshia brilliantly bonding with First Lady Michelle Obama. Paigion flying around the world with Rihanna on a 777. Rocsi salsa dancing with Victor Cruz and putting him to shame. Shorty and Ms. Mykie’s killer rap, “The History of Justin Timberlake,” visably thrilling JT himself. Terrence beatboxing while Jamie Foxx rhymed. Tigger making Tom Cruise do the of-the-moment “motorcycle dance.”
One thing is for sure we’ve all been touched by an era of 106 & Park whether it be the Free and AJ, Big Tigger & Julissa, Terrence and Rocsi, Pagion, Shorty, Mykie, Bow Wow or even the latest with Keshia and Bow Wow. 106 has put Hip Hop, R&B, entertainment, and pop culture as well as youth culture on television daily since the turn of this century. BET plans to take 106 to the digital realm as it’s the space in which their audience interacts with music the most. BET wants viewers to understand that there will still be major specials 106 & Party, and for the BET Awards 106 & Park Presents: Live, Red and Ready. The network, being sure not to minimize the new direction, stated that they realize it’s a big change but the “livest audience” will still be entertained well in the digital domain.
Check out the fun I had in the images below.