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How BET's '106 & Park' shaped a teen's life
How BET's '106 & Park' shaped a teen's life

As a black teenager with an affinity for pop music but raised on R&B and hip-hop, I considered BET’s “106 & Park” essential viewing.  Before “106 & Park” -- which ended a remarkable 14-year run on Friday -- arrived in 2000, MTV’s wildly popular “Total Request Live” was the go-to after-school fix. The MTV show was a can’t miss for a kid who fully subscribed to everything percolating out of the great teen-pop explosion toward the end of the millennium. Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Mandy Moore, 98 Degrees, Jessica Simpson -- "TRL" fed my insatiable love of pop...