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BET Sets World AIDS Day Fare

11/27/2006 8:28 AM Eastern

BET announced a lineup of special HIV-themed programming to commemorate World AIDS Day Friday, Dec. 1.

The network’s World AIDS Day offerings will begin with music countdown show 106 & Park: BET's Top 10 Live Friday at 6 p.m. (EST/PST). The live 90-minute telecast -- produced in partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation and hosted by VJ duo Terrance & Rocsi -- will tackle the issue of HIV/AIDS and the risky behaviors associated with contracting the disease, with celebrity guests and health experts addressing healthy life choices and providing important information about HIV testing and prevention methods.

BET News will air special 60-second HIV-tagged news briefs throughout World AIDS Day entitled Red Blood, Green Dollars and Black Skin, examining the impact of HIV/AIDS throughout Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States and featuring interviews with celebrities and HIV advocates including Alicia Keys, Richard Gere, Magic Johnson and Marvelyn Brown.

Special HIV-themed episodes of sitcom Girlfriends that were developed as part of the KNOW HIV/AIDS initiative -- a joint venture between CBS and Viacom in partnership with Kaiser -- will leads the network’s Saturday primetime lineup Dec. 2 at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Then at 10 p.m., BET will air BET News special The Downlow Exposed, which “takes a probing look into the undercover world of men who openly lead heterosexual lives but secretly engage in sex with other men.”

Finally, BET will air short film Let's Talk -- the second winning film from the BET, Kaiser Family Foundation and Black AIDS Institute's 2005 Rap-It-Up film competition -- Sunday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. Let's Talk features Lamman Rucker and Jillian Reeves and “tells the story of beautiful, intelligent, soulful Essence, a teacher and spoken-word poet, who becomes involved with Maurice, a handsome and socially conscious teacher at a school for the deaf. As their relationship evolves, the issue of HIV testing raises a new level of discussion between them.”

And online, BET.com will present special HIV-themed content including articles about the disease and treatment; exclusive BET News video reports; and interactive components such as Online Diary of an HIV+ dater, chats with doctors, online quizzes and polls.

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