You can’t talk about Black History without celebrating Black women.
On Thursday, Baller Alert was in attendance for the second annual Grit For Grim Awards ceremony, championing leading women in media. Honorees for the event included Urban One Founder Cathy Hughes, who received the Ovation Award, recognizing a woman who “has paved the way for generations before her, creating opportunities for others by being one of the first ever to do it.” Connie Orlando, who serves as the EVP, Head of Specials, Music Programming and Music Strategy over at BET Networks, was awarded the Bridge Award, created for a woman who is a career executive who continues to level up and she makes innovative shifts throughout the music business.
Orlando spoke with the outlet and shared the goals she has for the prestigious company as we continue in 2023.
“The goal is always to be better, stronger, and faster,” she expressed.
“We’ve broke some amazing records in 2022 and we have 3 of the top four award shows on screen. We want to keep doing it for the culture.”
As the Grammy Awards are celebrating Hip Hop turning 50 with an all-star tribute, we definitely had to ask the executive about any plans the network has in store ahead of its biggest award show this summer.
While she didn’t spoil any details, she did emphasize this year’s award will be one not to miss.
Laurieann Gibson danced her way to us and spoke about Hip Hop royalty Missy Elliot, who recently has been nominated for the 2023 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame class. The two worked together numerous times in the past, including the 2003 film Honey, which served as Gibson’s acting debut.
When asked about the fun moments on set, she shared a fun moment between the two when she was choreographing Elliot’s music video for ‘Can’t Stand The Rain.’
“I was choreographing ‘Can’t Stand The Rain’ and when I choreograph, I’m so into the process and I tend to not get the song correct,” she shared.
“While I always messed up the lyrics and to this day, she questions if I know the words, she’s such an incredible woman and icon. I’m glad we can pause to understand the gift, greatness, and contribution she’s done and she’s not stopping anytime, too. She has so many records I love, but ‘Can’t Stand The Rain’ always does something to me.”
The ‘Boom Kack’ queen also shared she would love to mold Ice Spice and Coi Leray and assist them with artist development.
“The braveness and boldness of Coi Leray – I love that,” she shared.
“I would want to give them the information so they can sustain the impact that they have.”
The emcee of the evening, Amanda Seales, has been unstoppable with her own platforms under the Urban One brand. The actress stopped by and shared a “dose” of advice to those who look to be in the same position as her.
“I would say figure out how to do a podcast you’ll never get tired of doing,” she said.
“It’s about the consistency and you have to mean what you say. People come up with a theme or format that they think is cool for the time, but can you carry this for years and when you’re bored? I’ve never missed a week.”
Fans continue to share how much they miss Insecure and the podcaster shared how she would open to a reboot if it was centered around Tiffany, but with twist.
“If Tiffany was to get a reboot with her own cast around her, I would do that,” she said.
When asked about returning with her castmates for a possible revival or reboot of the series, she said it all depends on the check.