Tonight’s BET Honors sees the launch of Next in Class, a digital celebration of young leaders, innovators and influencers whose stars are rising in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), philanthropy and social justice, music, fashion and style, creative arts and entertainment and education.
Among this year’s honourees are fashion designer Kyemah Mcentyre, who broke the Internet when a picture of her wearing a self-made African-inspired dress to prom went viral; Brandon Frame, the founder of Black Men Can, which seeks to to reshape negative images and perceptions of black men; Candace Mitchell , an entrepreneur who incorporates science and technology to revolutionise the way women interact with their hair with company Myavana; and blogger, media personality and entrepreneur, Rae Holiday.
The BET Honors were established in 2008 by the Black Entertainment Television (BET) network to grace the lives and achievements of African-American luminaries.
This year’s honourees include Empire creator Lee Daniels, music mogul LA Reid and singer, Patti LaBelle.
WORDS: Layla Young