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February is Black History Month and BET will celebrate by airing Tupac Shakur's Thug Angel.
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1/24/2007 9:19:38 AM

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BET takes a no-holds-barred approach to Black History Month this February by examining the people, artistic elements and events that shaped Black America and influenced popular culture with a series of hip-hop documentaries during "Hip-Hop History Weekend," and a groundbreaking BET News special, THE TOP 25 EVENTS THAT (MIS)SHAPED BLACK AMERICA.

Kicking off Hip-Hop History Weekend on Friday February 23 at 8:00 p.m. is "Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel," featuring interviews with friends, collaborators and scholars as they look back on Tupac and define his legacy today; "The MC: This is Why We Do It," which explores the origins of MC'ing, as well as the environmental, spiritual and moral aspects to the art form airs Saturday February 24 at 11:00 p.m.; "Black & Blue: Legends of the Hip Hop Cop," bringing to light hard evidence of the NYPD's controversial "rap unit" profiling premieres Sunday, February 25 at 1:00 p.m.; and closing out the weekend is "The Art of 16 Bars" in which some of rap's biggest MCs share their approach from free styling and writing to how to hold the Mic and dealing with being on tour, airing Sunday, February 25 at 3:00 p.m.

Delving deeper into Black culture is the ground-breaking BET News special, THE TOP 25 EVENTS THAT (MIS)SHAPED BLACK AMERICA premiering Tuesday, February 20 at 10:00 pm. This special takes an intelligent yet irreverent look at black history thanks to commentary from top cultural critics, comedians and celebrities. Bringing it all together is host Paul Mooney, returning from the highly-rated 2006 special Top 25 Worst Moments in Black History, with the brilliant and politically incorrect humor that has made him a comedic legend.

Following is a look at more special programming for February's Black History Month schedule on BET:

SPECIALS:
* THE TOP 25 EVENTS THAT (MIS)SHAPED BLACK AMERICA

From high historic crimes such as slavery and apartheid to misdemeanors like the jheri curl, this one hour special takes an intelligent yet irreverent look at black history thanks to commentary from top cultural critics, comedians and celebrities. Hosted by comedian Paul Mooney. Tuesday, February 20 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

* CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL

BET's popular Celebration of Gospel is back for another round of soul- stirring, hand clapping and inspiring gospel music. Hosted by Steve Harvey. Special tribute honoree: Tyler Perry. Also featuring: Kirk Franklin, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Fantasia, Faith Evans, Coko (SWV), Lil Mo, Dr. Bobby Jones, Yolanda Adams, Smokie Norful, Fred Hammond, Blair Underwood, Louis Gossett Jr., Kelly Price, and Tonex. Saturday, February 3 at 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday, February 7 at 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, February 18 at 10:00 a.m. ET/PT

SERIES FINALE:
* ONE NIGHT ONLY

Catch the inspiring finale of the reality docu-soap that follows a group of high school kids and their drama teacher in New Orleans as they race to mount the Dreamgirls play. Within the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, these kids are rebuilding their homes, school, and community while also trying to enjoy their teenage years. Can the cast pull it off? Watch and you shall see. Fame Comes and Goes, Stars Rise, but Dreams Live Forever! Tuesday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT

HIP HOP HISTORY WEEKEND:
* Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel

Directed by Academy Award nominee Peter Spirer (Rhyme and Reason), "Thug Angel" takes you beyond the drama of Tupac's notoriety in the press through all-new interviews with friends, collaborators and scholars as they look back on Tupac and define his legacy today. Friday, February 23 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

* The MC: This is Why We Do It

Documentary taking a look inside the world of Hip Hop and MCs to explore the origins of MC'ing, as well as the environmental, spiritual and moral aspects to this art form. MC's consider the past, present and future of their music, giving a unique insight into what drives these artists to conti

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