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Last night the BET Awards aired at 8 p.m. ET. The night, packed with appearances and performances, also served as a platform for redemption for several stars. Here is my list:

1. Alicia Key’s Body– You may have thought that because Alicia Keys is pregnant she would stay seated in the audience at the award show. Nope. The 29 year old singer, carrying Switzz Beats’ child, performed several times at the show. During her tribute to “Life-Time Achievement Award” winner Prince, she got up from behind her piano, climbed on top, arched her back and proceeded to finish singing “Adre.” Body let everyone know that it would not be defeated by a baby bump.

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2. Chris Brown– Brown plead guilty to assaulting then girlfriend  Rihanna in February 2009. Last night, Brown took the stage to tribute Michael Jackson. During “Man in the Mirror,” Brown broke down and crumpled to the floor crying. At the end of the night, he also won the “Viewer’s Choice Award.” During his acceptance speech he said that he was surprised he won and said to the audience”I let you all down before, but I won’t do it again. I promise you.”
3. T.I.- The rapper, who was released from jail after serving months, has already redeemed himself before, during and after his arrest. Still, Last night’s performance was his first major one after being released in December after serving for gun possession charges.
4. Kanye West– Last year West was heavily criticized after interrupting county singer Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech. In addition, many media outlets have reported that the usually boisterous singer has been quiet and avoidance of the spotlight. Last night, Kanye opened the award show by  emerged from a makeshift mountain.
5. El DeBarge– the singer from the 1980s group Debarge sang old and new songs from his upcoming album-the first in 16 years. He had kept a low profile after several arrests for drug possession and domestic violence.
6. Eminem- performed his new single, “Not Afraid.” The rapper recently overcame drug addiction.
Honorable mentions:

7. Janelle Monae– She never needed anyone’s approval or acceptance. The singer proved it again last night while singing Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” Electric.

8. Nicki Minaj- Not that she needed to be redeemed. but if she needed reassurance, she got it by winning “Female Hip-Hop Artist,” “Best New Artist”and when Young Money won “Best Group.”

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I remember watching rapper Snoop Dogg’s show on the E! Network “FatherHood.” I also remember his wife Shante Broadus talking about her desire to start her own clothing line. What I did not know was that Mrs. Dogg’s line is already hitting the catwalks and sidewalks. 

Co Co Ri was released over the summer. BET featured the line in their fashion appreciation show “Rip the Runway.”

Broadus’s pieces in the clothing line are colorful. I also appreciate the fact that the clothing is tailor towards a variety of body types. However, the some clothing does not look realistic or well made. Many of the pieces look like they are of thin fabric. Having a shirt that looks attractive is nice, but, if it is only good for deep layering, it won’t go far. In addition to texture, some pieces are bold but they almost cross the line of looking like costumes.

Though it needs  revisions before its next season release, Coco Ri is on its way of marking a mark in the world of fashion.

 

Courtesy of Style List.com

Courtesy of Style List.com

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