The BET Awards display in 2010 was additional unique. People were elated to see the Best International Act contributed to the classifications at the American awards reveal that celebrates Black home entertainment. For the very first time in its then tenth year of broadcast, elections were provided to a few of the most gifted African and UK Artists, consisting of P-Square, K’NAAN, Estelle, M.I., Kojo Antwi, Sade, andDizzee Rascal The list below year, BET Networks amazed its audience a lot more by producing 2 different classifications for The Best International, Act Best International Act: Africa, and Best International Act: UK.
And the above was mainly thanks to the incredible work ofLilian Blankson The Ghanaian American, who was Director of Programming at BET International, was, to name a few, crucial in the choice of these artists.
With an enthusiasm to bring direct exposure to African Entertainment by showcasing African skill to the western audience, Blankson had actually signed up with BET Networks in 2000 to do that and more. From the minute she strolled in, it was vital for her to make an effect, which was to assist bridge the space in between the African and the American show business.
“When I first started, they didn’t want to hear about Africa. There was no interest. But the world is changing and two years, it’s actually close to three, we launched in Africa,” Blankson stated in her approval speech at the 2011 FACE List Awards in New York City arranged by Face2FaceAfrica The content developer, author and manufacturer was honored for having actually led the way for the more youthful generation and affected the discourse on pan-Africa’s image, its future, and capacity.
Indeed, Blankson had actually constantly preached about “integrating Africa” and how youths can alter understandings about the continent. Her journey at BET began with the Sports, Specials &Primetime Division She assisted in handling each department and quickly discovered her method around tv production and the home entertainment company in basic. Becoming Senior Manager of Specials, she produced and owned her functions that included supervising the balloting procedure for the BET Awards, Hip Hop Awards, and the Comedy Awards.
One of her biggest minutes remained in January 2008 when she was chosen to assist in the launch and operation of BET Networks’ International channel in the UK, Ireland, Africa and theMiddle East She would later on serve in numerous functions: Director of Programming, Content Writer and Producer, Talent Relations and speaking with onAfrican Programming All the while, she was dedicated to the improvement and favorable promo of Africa and its artists.
Apart from her participation in BET’s profiles of African artists, a Ghanaian Cypher with D-Black, Sarkodie, Kwaku T, Ayigbe Edem, Tinny, BabyG and Reggie Rockstone that she produced, set up and directed made history. It gathered over 50,000 views jointly in less than a week and was consisted of as part of the BET Hip-Hop Awards specifically for the worldwide channel.
An accomplished author, Blankson has actually composed for numerous publications consisting of Vibe, Newsweek, and Essence publications. Her initially book, Rain Love Poetry & Portraits– a coffee table book with splendid pictures that masterfully represent poetry– has actually been offered throughout the United States, the UK, Ghana, and Nigeria.
With a recognized 22-year profession in the fields of home entertainment and tv, Blankson unfortunately died on Sunday, July 4. Tributes from the world of home entertainment have actually been gathering for the material developer and manufacturer. Among those commemorating her life is co-founder of Face2face Africa, Sandra Appiah.
“10 years ago, when we launched the FACE List awards, we set out to find unsung heroes in our community who were elevating the African narrative. Lilian Blankson was definitely one of those people.
“She leveraged her role as Director at BET to bring exposure to the African music industry at a time when not many people considered the industry viable. She was instrumental in the creation of the BET Awards Africa category which opened doors for many African artists and helped launch their international career. Today, we mourn the tragic loss of our dear Lilian, but we will forever remember her as a hero and a true giant of Africa! RIP Lilian Blankson.”
Before her death, the previous BET director was the record label head of LNB Entertainment, where she managed and handled the solo profession of Nigerian super starWondaboy She had actually likewise produced and created African performances and music specials in addition to revealed a book of African Short Stories: Awaiting Fate & Other Talking Texts on Amazon.