via press release:


Hosted by the Original King of Comedy, Cedric “The Entertainer,” the 2011 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS will Premiere on bothCENTRIC  and BET this Sunday, November 27 at 9:00 P.M.*

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Doug E. Fresh Return with New Surprises, Joined by Today’s Hottest Talent Including Cee Lo Green, Common, Freddie Jackson, Musiq Soulchild, Eric Benet, Chrisette Michelle, Marsha Ambrosius, Tamar Braxton, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Melissa De Sousa, Amber Rose and Shaunie O’ Neal

NEW YORK — November 22, 2011 — It was a night filled with peace, love and soul at the 2011 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS taping onThursday, November 17 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA. The audience was treated to blazing performances throughout the night from celebrated singers Freddie JacksonCee Lo Green, Common, Chrisette MichelleMary MaryMarsha AmbrosiusMusiq Soulchild,Anthony HamiltonTamar Braxton, Original 7ven (The Group Formerly Known As The Time), Natalie Cole, Jill Scott, Robin Thicke, Melanie Fiona, Keith Sweat, Bebe Winans, Joe, Lalah Hathaway and Kenny Latimore. Hosted by the original king of comedy, Cedric “The Entertainer,” the 2011 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS will premiere on both CENTRIC  and BET on Sunday, November 27 at 9:00 p.m.*

Highlights from this year’s show includes a bone-chilling Gladys Knight tribute performance by Natalie Cole; a hilarious skit with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and hip-hop pioneer Doug E. Fresh; an inspiring Heavy D tribute with Goodie Mob, Cee Lo Green and Big Daddy Kane; a soul-stirring performance by Cee Lo Green and Melanie Fiona; the crowd-amping Earth, Wind & Fire tribute performance; and an explosive comeback performance by the Original 7ven (The Group Formerly Known As The Time). Additional highlights include appearances by Earvin “Magic” JohnsonValerie Simpson, actors Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Melissa De SousaLance GrossDemetria McKinneyNelsan EllisAmber Rose, DJ Just BlazeKel MitchellShaunie O’Neal, Tami Roman and many more.

The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS is a presentation of CENTRIC and Sunseeker Media and directed by Manny Rodriguez. Paxton Baker, Tami Willis-Arasli, Derek Lewis, CENTRIC; Bart Phillips, Sunseeker Media; and Soul Train Holdings’ Kenard Gibbs will all be the executive producers of the network telecast, along with Cedric Kyles and Eric Rhone. The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS is produced in cooperation with the City of Atlanta led by Mayor Kasim Reed and Stacii Jae Johnson, Special Events Director for the Office of the Mayor.


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Centric is a 24-hour music and entertainment channel that reflects the lifestyle and sophistication of today’s African-American and multicultural adult viewer.  With a finger on the pulse of an ever-changing beat, its compelling music content fuses Soul, R&B, Neo-Soul, Hip Hop, Reggae, Gospel, Jazz, Old School, New School and everything in between with today’s hottest artists. It is a unique of mix of music, culture and lifestyle programming that embodies the lives, tastes and aspirations of the CENTRIC viewer: All you. All day. All night.


About BET Networks

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.


About Soul Train Holdings

Soul Train is a registered trademark of Soul Train Holdings, LLC, a limited liability company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. Soul Train is the longest running, first-run, nationally syndicated program in television history.  During its 37 year run, the show featured such staples as the Soul Train line and performers as important and diverse as: Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Janet Jackson and Beyoncé, to name a few.  Soul Train Holdings was created following the acquisition of the iconic franchise and catalog of more than 1,100 hours of archival footage from Don Cornelius Productions in June 2008 by InterMedia Partners and Madvision entertainment and is part of Vibe Holdings LLC. Vibe Holdings is a leading multi-cultural media company consisting of treasured and celebrated brands including Vibe Magazine,, Uptown Magazine and Soul Train.  VIBE Holdings is owned by InterMedia Partners, Magic Johnson Enterprises and Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Companies.

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