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The Big Recap: Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Kanye West And More Take Home Honors At 2011 BET Awards

And so it has come and gone. The most anticipated award ceremony among African Americans across the nation aired last night, and we now wake to the cyber sound of buzzing blogs and Twitter timelines. There were myriad of epic moments to be remembered at this year’s BET Awards bash held at LA’s Shrine Auditorium (how ‘bout that Patti Labelle tribute?), but the award show wouldn’t have been an award show without all of the winners.

Chris Brown took reign as major victor of the night with him taking home a grand total of four awards – one of which was for the honorable Video of the Year. Among others were Nicki Minaj and her [unsurprising] second win for Best Female Hip Hop Artist, Drake’s win for Coca Cola Viewers' Choice award (after an embarrassing flub by fan presenter Tiffany Green, though), Diddy-Dirty Money’s win for Best Group and Wiz Khalifa’s win for Best New Artist.

Will and Jada also had a heart-warming proud parent moment when Willow and Jaden Smith tied for the YoungStars Award, and Kanye West clearly went home happy (judging by the absence of interrupted acceptance speeches) with his award for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist.

Oh, so you were flipping back and forth from True Blood and missed out on all the others? No worries. VIBE’s got you covered. You can peep the full list of winners from last night’s show below. — Stephanie Long

Best Female R&B Artist: Rihanna

Best Male R&B Artist: Chris Brown

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist: Kanye West

Best Collaboration: Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look at Me Now”

Best New Artist: Wiz Khalifa

Best Group: Diddy-Dirty Money

YoungStars Award: Jaden and Willow Smith (Tie)

Best Gospel: Mary Mary

Centric Award: Marsha Ambrosius

Best Actress: Taraji P. Henson

Best Actor: Idris Elba

Best Movie: For Colored Girls

Sportsman of the Year: Michael Vick

Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams

Best International Act (U.K.): Tinie Tempah

Best International Act (Africa): 2Face Idibia and D’Banj

Video Director of the Year: Chris Robinson

Video of the Year: Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look at Me Now”

Viewers’ Choice: Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look at Me Now”

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R. Kelly Turns Himself In To Chicago Police On Sexual Abuse Charges

R. Kelly turned himself in to authorities in Chicago Friday (Feb. 22), hours after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Kelly, 52, was met by a flood of cameras when he arrived at the precinct. Officers quickly led him away in handcuffs.

The Grammy winner, whose birth name is Robert Kelly, is expected to remain in custody overnight before appearing in court Saturday for a bond hearing, reports the Chicago Tribute.

Earlier in the day, Cook County State Attorney’s Kim Foxx announced charges against the singer who is accused abusing four victims, three of whom are between the ages of 13 and 17, according to a grand jury indictment. Cook County Judge Dennis Porter authorized an arrest warrant for Kelly with no bail amount.

Kelly has claimed innocence for years, amid numerous allegations dating back more than a decade.

Steve Greenberg, Kelly's lawyer, maintained Friday that his client is an "innocent man," and that all of his accusers are "lying."  Greenberg tweeted earlier in the day, that Kelly would be surrendering between 11 p.m. and midnight, at the Area South location.

If convicted on all charges, Kelly faces up to 70 years in prison.

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DESUS & MERO Bring the Brand to Showtime in Their Series Premiere

"Bodega Boys in the building!" That's how Desus Nice and The Kid Mero started the first episode of their new half hour show on Showtime. The "Bodega Boys," as Desus and Mero like to be called, took their comedic talents from Viceland and secured a slot for their talk show on the network. After airing on Thursday night, they posted the full episode on YouTube to give fans and a new live studio audience a look at what they have to offer.

The first episode of their new series did not disappoint. The two comedians represented their roots in the Bronx to the fullest by incorporating the class bodega backdrop as well as inviting none other than Bronx native, and United States Representative for New York,  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as their first guest. The TV personalities greeted the politician with their now famous "yerrr" and managed to keep things light by bonding over the memes they receive from Twitter users while also managing to keep things serious as they talked about AOC's come up.

In the debut of the show, Ocasio-Cortez made the trip back to the Bronx to chat with the former Guy Code cast members, but the "Bodega Boys" also made a trip down to the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. During the trip to D.C. Desus and Mero presented the member of the Democratic Party with a flag of Puerto Rico, representing her roots, and they also were able to meet representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashan Tlaib of Minnesota and Michigan, respectively.

"Am I a gentrifier?" Ocasio-Cortez asked. "No! How are you a gentrifier? You moved from the Bronx to D.C.!" Mero responded.

Ocasio-Cortez's presence on the show wasn't the only highlight of the first episode. Desus and Mero have added a new element to their talk show, which are skits. The skit the two debuted on their talk show poked fun at the controversial Oscar-nominated film, Green Book. Before presenting the skit, Desus described the film as being, "basically just Friday with racism."

The skit features Mero playing the role of the white driver, Tony Lip, while Desus plays the role of the Black pianist. Throughout the entirety of the skit, Desus and Mero show how they feel "Green Book" was made to make white people feel as if they weren't racist in a time where racism was quite obviously prevalent.

"Wait, there's another one of these movies? What is wrong with you people? Please leave us alone. It's not our job to make white people feel better about race stuff," was a fake quote about the movie included in the skit.

Catch DESUS & MERO on Showtime every Thursday night at 11! You won't want to miss out.

 

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Ja Rule Gets Candid About Fyre Festival's 'Crazy Situation'

Ja Rule's role in the disastrous Fyre Festival has been riddled in speculation since the release of Hulu's and Netflix's respective documentaries detailing the disastrous "luxury" event. Speaking with TMZ, the "I'm Real" rapper reflected on his position in the festival's planning while motivating young moguls in the making.

"For any young visionary or entrepreneur just be hands-on with your stuff, if it's your baby and you want to create something amazing for the world to see, make sure you see it through, make sure you are the one overseeing everything, make sure you are the CEO of the company, even if you are not an experienced CEO," the 42-year-old said.

Ja continued by acknowledging the fault he played in the havoc that ensued during Fyre Fest and claiming he had no intention of hurting anyone.

"You know it is okay to make some mistakes along the way and that's what I learned the most, I am not an experienced CEO and I didn't want to make the mistakes but obviously, the CEO (Billy McFarland) of the company made the biggest mistake of them all. So I learned a lot from the situation and I am just looking forward to the next thing."

The rapper-entrepreneur recently teased the idea of a new and improved Fyre Festival saying: "It is the most iconic festival that never was. So I have plans to create the Iconic Music Fest, but you didn’t hear it from me."

TMZ initially stopped the Queens-bred rapper to speak about Andy Glyn, a member of the Fyre Festival staff, who was infamously asked to perform fellatio on the head of customs to get a shipment of Evian water cleared for the destination festival.

Watch Ja Rule's hot takes on the Fyre Festival below.

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