Angela Simmons, Brooke Bailey, Mike Epps and more come out to celebrate the L.A. premiere of Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain on the eve of the BET Experience kick-off.
The BET Experience doesn’t officially begin until today, but the star power began pouring in last night at the L.A. premiere for Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain at the Regal Center at L.A. Live. Fans lined up for blocks to catch a glimpse of Hart and his celebrity friends Snoop Dogg, hip hop legend Eric Sermon, Brooke Bailey, Angela Simmons, Laila Ali and others retreating from the heat into the cool theater for an hour full of laughs. Check out the red carpet premiere here!
The BET Experience inaugural festivities will kick off today at 12 noon, with elected officials, community leaders and local ministers welcoming BET Networks CEO Debra Lee and AEG Vice Chairman Ted Fikre to downtown Los Angeles. The two corporate partners will each give a brief speech before cutting the ribbon at the gates of the Fan Fest, an area of free concerts, celebrity meet and greets, local food vendors and basketball tournaments, signaling the beginning of the hottest three-day weekend event that downtown Los Angeles has ever seen.
Music for the occasion will be supplied by the LAUSD local marching band, who will lead Lee, Fikre, and a procession of dignitaries and VIP guests from the gates of the Fan Fest to the Taste of Soul food pavilion, where L.A.’s finest local vendors, from Harold and Belle’s to Fun Time Kettle Corn, will be serving soulful plates and cool drinks throughout the evening.
Shortly after, the day’s first free concert will begin, with Mali Music opening the Music Matters stage. Fans will be treated to over four hours of free live music, including performance by The Rap Pack, Kimberly Nicole, BJ the Chicago Kid, PJ Morton and Adrian Marcel, all free with sign-up.
Fans will also get to experience 106 & Park LIVE on Friday, with perfomances by Mindless Behavior, Janelle Monae and Jason Derulo. Marlon Wayans will also stop by the show, along with White House Down stars Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum.
But the day is so much more than just cuisine and culture. The best local dancers in the L.A. area will battle it out at Dance 4 Hope, hosted by Marques Houston on the Sprite Court. Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker and Jeff Johnson will break down the importance of physical and mental wellness in the Centric Strive to Thrive seminar. And the night will culminate at the STAPLES Center with Beyoncé performing the first stateside stop on her The Mrs. Carter Show world tour, followed by performances by Mike Epps and Erykah Badu in Club Nokia.
It’s official: the biggest celebration of black music, entertainment and culture has begun!
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