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Beats, Rhymes and Life: Hip Hop After the Hurricane Explores Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Hip Hop

Real Talk with David Banner, Common and More on Sunday, October 9 at 12 p.m. ET/PT

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- In over three decades of existence, Hip Hop has been many things, from a voice of protest to a symbol of material excess. But in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated America's disempowered on whose behalf Hip Hop has always spoke, the art form has regained its heart. BET News explores the truth of this idea with BEATS, RHYMES AND LIFE: HIP HOP AFTER THE HURRICANE, a look at the impact of this natural disaster on the Hip Hop Community. The special, hosted by BET News reporter Andre Showell, televises on Sunday, October 9 at 12:00 p.m. ET/PT.

BET News travels with David Banner to Mississippi on a mission of mercy, gets real talk with New Orleans hip hop champion Baby, and Chicago wordsmith Common gives an exclusive roof top performance. Join us as we continue BET's journey into Hurricane Katrina and its unfolding aftermath.

PROGRAM: BEATS, Rhymes and Life: Hip Hop after the Hurricane
SCHEDULE: Sunday, October 9 @ 12 - 1 p.m. ET/PT


BET, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:and) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is the nation's leading television network providing quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs programming for the African-American audience. The BET Network reaches more than 80 million households according to Nielsen media research, and can be seen in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. BET is a dominant consumer brand in the urban marketplace with a diverse group of branded businesses: BET.com, the Number 1 Internet portal for African Americans; BET Digital Networks -- BET Jazz, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Event Productions, specializing in a full range of event production services, including event management, venue selection, talent recruitment, sound, lighting and stage production; and BET Books, the nation's leading publisher of African-American themed romance novels under the Arabesque imprint which also publishes compelling fiction under the Sepia imprint and inspirational fiction and nonfiction under the New Spirit imprint.

For additional information, log on to http://www.bet.com/

Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television)

CONTACT: Anne Williams of BET, +1-202-608-2063, or

Web site: http://www.bet.com/

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