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Don't miss these events at 2017's BET Experience, which takes on a sharper political edge this year

Don't miss these events at 2017's BET Experience, which takes on a sharper political edge this year

Over the past few years, the annual BET Awards has made an implicit argument that the music awards show — often thought of in strictly hype-related terms — can serve as a viable space for the expression of progressive values.

In 2015, hosts Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson opened the production with a sophisticated comedic bit about African Americans’ experience in show business. And last year actor Jesse Williams accepted the cable network’s Humanitarian Award with a fiery but composed speech about police violence that went well beyond limousine-liberal platitudes.

This year’s show, set to air Sunday night from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, promises...

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