BET is taking an exciting new direction when it comes to honoring humanitarians. This year, the Network will recognize six individuals who have done extraordinary things in some of the most disheartening of situations. The intention is to remind everyone that you don’t have to be a celebrity to give back and support others in need; we all have the opportunity to make a difference for the betterment of humankind.
BET will honor Bismack Biyombo, winner of BET International’s Global Good Award. Bismack is a Congolese professional basketball player for the NBA’s Orlando Magic who is committed to youth development in his home country, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Through his non-profit, the Bismack Biyombo Foundation, he uses sports and education to provide young people with life skills that make them integral parts of their communities. Bismack also launched the #ChildofAfrica movement with Akon, Djimon Hounsou, Fall yIpupa, Isha Seasay and Didier Droba to provide schools that bring opportunities and shelter to child laborers around Africa. For more information on his foundation click here.
Bismack joins past Global Good honorees, including artist and philanthropist Akon for his Lighting Africa initiative, supermodel Millen Magese for her dedicated work in maternal and women health as well as the education of African girls on self-care through her Millen Magese Foundation, social activist Ilwad Elman for her work with Sister Somalia that provides counseling, health and housing support to victims of gender-based violence and singer and songwriter Yvonne Chaka Chaka for her work as a champion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
As a part of the Global Good initiative, BET International has partnered with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to present an encore screening of the BET and Nelson Mandela Foundation co-produced mini-series “Madiba,” followed by a panel discussion on Mandela's mission, legacy and the next generation of leaders. Panelists include Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Zondwa Mandela, grandson of Nelson and Winnie Mandela and more. The event supports Nelson Mandela’s Centenary celebration, which kicked off with the announcement of President Barack Obama delivering the 16th annual Nelson Mandela lecture taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa. The screening and panel will take place during the BET Experience on Saturday, June 23, 2018.
The “BET Awards” 2018 will premiere around the world on BET’s international networks. It will air in Africa on June 26th at 8:00 PM CAT, and, fans in 100 countries can also stream the “BET Awards” 2018 live with BET Play, BET International’s subscription video on demand application. The iOS and Android app, which also features current and classic BET television series,documentaries, stand-up comedy and legendary musical performances, will carry alive feed of the red carpet and the Awards, and is available for download now in the iTunes and Google Play stores for $3.99 a month following a seven-day free trial.
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