BET Networks will air a lineup of special HIV-themed programming to coincide with World AIDS Day this Saturday, December 1.
On Friday, November 30 at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT, BET’s popular music countdown show 106 & PARK will air a LIVE 90-minute telecast hosted by veejay duo Terrence and Rocsi. The music special will tackle the issue of HIV/AIDS and the risky behaviors associated with contracting the disease, and will also feature celebrity guests Magic Johnson, Juelz Santana and Jim Jones to discuss healthy life choices and provide important information about HIV testing and prevention methods to BET viewers.
Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT an encore presentation of the provocative HIV/AIDS special WHAT U KNOW BOUT THAT? RAP-IT-UP SEX QUIZ will air.
The one-hour BET News special addresses a host of HIV/AIDS-related issues faced by BET’s audience, including stigma and homophobia, HIV testing, substance abuse, and the impact of HIV/AIDS on personal relationships and family life. BET News personality Jina Johnson hosts the show and is joined by fellow BET personalities Lamorne Morris, Sharon Carpenter, and Samson Styles, along with BET News producer Antonio Neves, who visited the cities of New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Miami to talk with young adults and test them on how much they really know about safe sexual health, behavior and practices, and discuss their own personal experiences.
Special guest stars Ciara, Kelly Rowland, Common, Romeo and Lyfe Jennings also make appearances to ask various questions, and sexual health expert Dr. Rani Whitfield (also known as the "Hip-Hop Doc") is on hand to provide pertinent health information and facts to assist young adults who may be dealing with these issues.
BET’s pro-social initiative Rap-It-Up won the Emmy® Award for "Outstanding National Community Service Campaign" and a 2007 Cable Positive Award for "Outstanding Special Programming."