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Billy Porter Narrates BET's 'Black + Iconic: Style Gods' Documentary

BET celebrates Black pioneers across Fashion , music, film and dance, kicking off Saturday with the first installment of “The Gods of Fashion.” The two-hour film is narrated by Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Billy Porter and features Emmy Award winner Stanley Nielsen Producer, explores the influence of black creativity in fashion historically, and how today’s tastemakers are continuing – and expanding – that legacy.

“I’m really excited to tell this story,” Nelson told The Hollywood Reporter . He explained that his father’s passion for conveying sophistication through his clothing left a lasting impression on producers. “He always felt that one of the things he could do to keep the world away was dress.”

This film, directed by Lynne Robinson The film is broken into segments that focus on the influence of a particular artist’s style (Beyoncé and Rihanna are both in the spotlight). In addition to designer and stylist Misa Hylton, it also features archival footage and interviews with other talents in the fashion industry, including models Selita Ebanks and Eva Marcille.

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“We would really like to be in two Introduce as much as you can in an hour of class,” Nelson said. “I think one of the funny things that’s happening in fashion is that everybody likes fashion. Who would have thought a few years ago that the stars of hip-hop would be so invested in fashion? I think it’s time we look back at the history of fashion, but also at contemporary fashion.”

Porter, who Nelson said was “our first choice,” was tapped to be the narrator, host and executive producer of the documentary. “Who better to talk about style than Billy Porter? He brings character and energy to it and takes the show to a whole new level.”

This The four-part original documentary franchise by executive producers Connie Orlando and Jason Samuels and senior executive producer Steven Ramey presented BET “as an opportunity to send flowers to members of our community,” Samuels said. “Our icons are often celebrated after they’re gone. There are so many heroes who walk among us and deserve to be celebrated… We really want to celebrate these icons with an unapologetic black perspective.”

This eight-hour project represents continued interest in non-fiction on the web; Firelight Films co-founder Nelson also collaborated with BET on Through the Fire: The Legacy of Barack Obama .

“I think this is a very important investment by BET in the premium documentary space,” Samuels said. “Looking across the spectrum, documentaries are becoming a huge part of many different streaming platforms, and I think BET should be in that space.”



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