BET Networks Launches New Original Groundbreaking Documentary “Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church” Exclusively on the BET NOW App Monday, November 2

The emotional doc about homophobia in the church is created and
produced by BET.com’s Clay Cane

Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #HollerBET

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BET Networks today announced the launch of its emotional original
documentary “HOLLER IF YOU HEAR ME: BLACK AND GAY IN THE CHURCH”
exclusively on the BET NOW App Monday, November 2
. With marriage
equality, LGBT Pride and the “Transgender Tipping Point,” there has been
progress for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, but
some religious institutions sadly fall far behind when it comes to
accepting and embracing LGBT people. For the first time on film, BET.com
and journalist Clay Cane explore homophobia in the black church
and put the narrative in the hands of black LGBT people who are torn
between their faith and the way they are treated by their church – the
stories are varied, passionate and inspiring.


“BET Networks has always prided itself on being at the fore front of the
issues that matter most to the African American community.” said Kay
Madati Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, BET Networks
“With the addition of this gripping documentary on BET.com we look
forward to spark dialogue on LGBT issues in the black community
and continue to be the premiere platform for our audience to see their
stories told authentically.”

In the one-hour documentary Cane travels to Atlanta, Georgia, where
church and LGBT culture cross paths like nowhere else, to dive into one
of the most taboo topics in the African American community from young
people such as Hannah a 24-year-old living in a homeless shelter after
being thrown out of her house for being a lesbian to Bishop Allen who
leads the most famous LGBT church in the country, Vision Church of
Atlanta, with his husband First Gentleman Rashad. “HOLLER IF YOU HEAR
ME: BLACK AND GAY IN THE CHURCH”
tackles this controversial but
important issue through the journeys of those who are living it every
day and whose stories deserve to be heard.

For more information and to watch a link to the trailer of the gripping
documentary “HOLLER IF YOU HEAR ME: BLACK AND GAY IN THE CHURCH” log
on to www.bet.com/hollerifyouhearme.
Follow the film on social media here: @HollerBET on Twitter,
@BETHollerIfYouHearMe on Facebook and @BETHollerIfYouHearMe on
Instagram. Embed an exclusive clip featuring Hannah and BET.com’s Clay
Cane at https://www.facebook.com/BET/videos/10153101568435404/

About BET NOW APP

BET NOW provides fans access to a library of full episodes of some of
their favorite current shows as well as hit classics. Users can access
this content via TV Everywhere authentication – a process whereby users
verify their subscription through their TV provider. It is now available
to 55 million households across more than 20 distributors, including
some of the largest, such as AT&T U-verse, Cablevision, Cox, DIRECTV,
Time Warner Cable, and Verizon FiOS. For more information go to BET.com/NOWapp.

About BET Digital

BET Digital is the interactive arm of BET Networks, a subsidiary of
Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) and the nation’s leading provider of
quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television
programming for the African-American audience. BET.com,
the sole online destination for BET, is a leading Internet destination
for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news. Other properties
within BET Digital include BET Mobile, which provides apps, ringtones,
games and video content for wireless devices; BET Video On Demand (VOD),
the largest On Demand service providing African-American content; and
the BET Vertical Ad Network, the leading advertising network targeting
the high quality African-American consumer with more than 150 content
publishers.

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the
nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and
public affairs television programming for the African-American audience.
The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can
be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom
and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer
brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com,
a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture,
and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to
54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel
and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment
tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings
for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event
Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with
festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides
ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET
International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the
extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

Contacts

BET Networks
Luis Defrank, 212-205-3156
luis.defrank@bet.net