Floyd Mayweather, Kobe Bryant, Janelle Monae & More to Join BET Experience for “Genius Talks” Series


Today, BET NETWORKS and AEG announced panelists for the 2015 “Genius Talks” series sponsored by AT&T taking place at the BET Experience @ L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola®.  Top industry icons including Floyd MayweatherKobe Bryant,Janelle MonaeGeorge Clinton and more will take part in the series of thought provoking discussions on successes, personal challenges and top world issues on Saturday, June 27, 2015.

The day will kick off as director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, Beyond The Lights), producer Mona Scott Young (Love & Hip-Hop Series), actress Nicole Beharie (42, Sleepy Hollow), and writer/producer Mara Brock-Akil (The Game, Being Mary Jane) join comedian and host of Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore for a look at the powerhouse role of Black women in Hollywood. That afternoon, Floyd Mayweather sits down to discuss the media frenzy surrounding his recent May 2015 defeat of Manny Pacquiao, while fellow singer/songwriters Janelle Monae and George Clinton join to explore musicianship with industry executive Reggie Osse.   To conclude the program, NBA star Kobe Bryant will sit down for an intimate conversation with ESPN’s Jemele Hill to reveal his successes, goals and future in Kobe Unplugged.

The BET “Genius Talks” series sponsored by AT&T will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, adjacent to L.A. Live, on Saturday, June 27, from 3:00 p.m. PST – 7:00 p.m. PST.

Detailed schedule for BET’s “Genius Talks” series is as follows:

3:00 p.m. PST: In Focus: Fab & Fierce Women in Hollywood

Join this dynamic group of powerhouse women who are redefining what it means to be a Black woman in Hollywood – in front of and behind the camera. Featuring Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, Beyond The Lights), Mona Scott Young (Love & Hip-Hop Series), Nicole Beharie (42, Sleepy Hollow), and Mara Brock-Akil (The Game, Being Mary Jane). Moderated by comedian and host of Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore.

4:00 p.m. PST: FREE TO BE: Janelle Monae & George Clinton In Conversation with Reggie Ossé

Don’t miss this celebration of two game-changing artists that revel in their unique style and individuality. Featuring the Godfather of Funk, George Clinton and the Electric Lady, Janelle Monáe as they talk musicianship, responsibility, and life outside of the ordinary – interviewed by music writer, and founder of the COMBAT JACK SHOW, Reggie Ossé.

5:00 p.m. PST: Floyd Mayweather’s Most Difficult Bout Part II

Reigning champion, Floyd Mayweather, discusses defeating Pacquio, a pending retirement, and his interests outside of the ring.

6:00 p.m. PST Kobe Unplugged: Kobe Bryant In Conversation with Jemele Hill

Superstar athlete and five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant sits down with ESPN’s His & Hers co-host, Jemele Hill for an unfiltered, no-holds-barred conversation about his professional and personal journey.


As previously announced, BET Networks will make its return to Los Angeles for the weekend long music festival, the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola®, June 25 – 28, 2015.   Teaming up with AEG, one of the leading entertainment companies in the world and developer/operator of L.A. LIVE and STAPLES Center, the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® will feature some of today’s hottest artists including Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar. The four day event will showcase the best in music, comedy concerts, entertaining and interactive activations at the FREE fan festival, “106 & PARK” tapings, seminars and celebrity appearances.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.