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BET Network is gearing up to celebrate Black History Month in a major way. They are excited to premiere the highly anticipated return of their original drama series, Being Mary Jane, which took the number one spot on the charts for adults 18-49 and women 18-49, and are going out with a bang with an epic premiere of their first-ever miniseries The Book of Negroes.

The new miniseries will be a six-part historical drama in the tradition of Roots based on Lawrence Hill's award-winning novel. The Book of Negroes will follow the amazing life of Aminata Diallo, an African woman who rises above a world that is predisposed to undervalue her. 

She is kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa and enslaved in South Carolina. She finds herself navigating through the American Revolution in New York, the refuge of Nova Scotia and the jungles of Sierra Leone before becoming free in England in the 19th century. 

The new show stars Aunjanue Ellis, Cuba Gooding Jr., Louis Gossett Jr., Jane Alexander and other A-listers. This huge television event will take place over three consecutive nights in two-hour installments beginning Monday, February 16 at 8 PM ET/PT. 

You also don’t want to miss The BET Honors. Dedicated to celebrating Black History Month, the program will recognize the achievements of five African Americans: Kanye West, Phylicia Rashad, Usher Raymond, Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole and John W. Thompson. You can catch it Monday, February 23 at 9PM ET/PT hosted by Wayne Brady. 

For video sneak peeks, first looks and news about these shows, visit the Being Mary Jane and The Book of Negroes websites.

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