106 and Park
- 15 Seasons
106 and Park is a giddy, spontaneous, and entertaining roller coaster ride through the amusement park of Hip Hop and R&B. The daily, hour long afro-centric journey is a fast paced countdown of the ten top videos voted on and requested by viewers. The live audience filled with screaming teens is touted as the "hottest, latest, and best music video show on the BET cable network." Named after the E.106 Street and Park Avenue address in Harlem where the show was originally produced, 106 and Park is an iconic program that has been the flagship show on the BET network for over twelve years. Since its inception in September 2000, the show has featured top names in Hip Hop and R&B like Alicia Keyes and taken them from fledgling beginners to major performers in the urban music industry. The show is a smorgasbord of delectable treats for its young audience. One show might feature a popular artist like Lupe Fiasco there to introduce and discuss his latest project; this might be followed by an interview with someone like Olympic gold medal gymnast, Gabby Douglas. Intermittently during these segments will pop up a music video or some lively banter between the co-hosts or the audience; and then it might jump to something like a hip hop competition featuring young rappers who are viewers of the show. 106 and Park has something for everyone. Hosted by an attractive boy girl team, 106 and Park has always appealed to and represented the youth and restlessness that is the spirit of the African American teen. Offering advice and providing information, 106 and Park has talked with its audiences about issues like bullying, practicing safe sex, continuing their education, and the devastating effects of AIDS. The cacophony of the music and the squeals of the audience may turn some off, but to others 106 and Park is a place where they can hear the music and the concerns of the black community. "Nobody's got you like we've got you" is BET network's newest slogan. The phrase is a good fit for the hold 106 and Park has on the hearts and minds of kids in the black community.