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Andrew Young and MLK III to launch broadcast TV network for African Americans

Martin Luther King III, a son of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and former UN Ambassador and onetime Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young are teaming up to launch Bounce, a broadcast network aimed at African Americans.

The network, which plans to debut this fall, will go after blacks in the 25-54 demographic. That will put it squarely in competition with TV One, the cable network co-owned by Comcast Corp. and radio operator Alfred Liggins. Viacom’s BET remains the highest-rated cable channel catering to African Americans.

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Lawrence and Foxx Resurrect Sheneneh And Wanda on the big screen

Screen Gems has acquired “Sheneneh and Wanda,” a vehicle for Jamie Foxx and Martin Lawrence to star in a comic caper playing female characters they developed during their stand-up comedy days.

Foxx will write the script, which he and Martin will produce through Foxx’s FoxxKing and Lawrence’s Runteldat production banners.

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Is BET getting back to its Roots?

BET welcomes back a news anchor legend. Ed Gordon, a former anchor-host of news and interview shows on Black Entertainment Television and Emmy Award winner, is returning with his show “Conversations with Ed Gordon.”

Gordon is famous for interviewing politicians, celebrities, and journalists such as, Al Sharpton, Nelson Mendela, Opera Winfrey, Michael Jackson, OJ Simpson and plenty more.

First show airs October 3, 2010 at noon.

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Nascar Turns to BET to Boost Minorities

A few clicks on the Web site of Black Entertainment Television leads viewers to a short Nascar tutorial filled with information about popular drivers, racetracks and salaries.

It may seem odd to find a sport so closely tied to white Southern men featured on a Web site devoted to African-American entertainment, but it represents Nascar’s latest attempt to build a following for minority drivers it hopes to develop into stars.

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Justin Bieber nominated for “Best New Artist” BET Award

Justin Bieber, age 16, will compete in the best new artist category and was nominated for the awards alongside such prominent black performers as rapper Jay-Z, who led the field with five nominations, and his wife Beyonce, who scored four.

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People on the Move: Cynthia Turner