Hundreds of umbrella carrying fans circled Durham’s Carolina Theatre last Thursday for BET’s 106 and Park, part of BET’s Black Star Power Tour.
Even in the rain, fans waited hours to attend a taping of the countdown video program.
The show features interviews, and performances of today’s hottest stars of Hip-Hop and R&B.
The 900-plus fans that did manage to make it into the theatre got to check out performances by The Cash Money Millionaires, Petey Pablo and Cee-Lo.
The purpose of the tour is to thank all the cities supporting BET for the last 22 years, said show hosts Free and AJ.
Durham was the host city for two tapings for the new season. Along with interviews and performances the show gives undiscovered talent a chance, with the popular segments “Do You” and “Freestyle Friday.”
Rocky Mount singer “6L7” was featured in the “Do You” segment.
The multi-talented Queen Latifah came through to talk to AJ and Free about her role in the up-coming movie “Brown Suga” with Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs.
Cee-lo, Petey Pablo and The Cash Money Millionaires were also guest for the taping. of the show.
CMM moved the crowd performing the single “Way of Life,” the latest from member “Lil Wayne.” Petey Pablo also performed his hit song, “Raise Up.”
Pablo and Mannie Fresh of CMM offered advice on getting the best out of life to an audience of mainly students.”
“Say your prayers and aim high,” said Fresh. Pablo told students to stay focused and avoid the stereotypes.
“Never mind the shoes and the jewels, just do you and stay focused on where you really want to be,” said Pablo.
The shows will air on BET in December.