Twelve students from Prince George’s County Public Schools performed on the national Black Entertainment Television last week at the 2012 BET Honors.
The students, from Thomas G. Pullen Visual and Performing Arts and Eleanor Roosevelt and Charles H. Flowers high schools, performed “The Believer” alongside Common, John Legend and Anthony Hamilton. The show also featured First Lady Michelle Obama, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Cicely Tyson, Jennifer Hudson, Willow Smith among others.
An alumnus of Thomas G. Pullen, who was performing at the BET Honors, contacted piano chairman Brandon Felder about participating in the event, according to information from the school system. The school’s choral director, Dawn Ba’th, assembled the 12 student performers. The event was filmed in January at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C., and aired Feb. 13.
The students included Britni E. Ruff, Clay E. Thompson, Michaun J. Cosby, Jaali Boyd, Samara Brown, Jaden Burnett, William Carr, Donovan Fowler, Nigel Lewis, Lawrencia Moten, Taylor Robinson and Justin Wright.
This year’s BET honorees included poet and author Maya Angelou, musician Stevie Wonder, singer Mariah Carey, filmmaker Spike Lee, members of the Tuskegee Airmen, and legendary track and field coach Beverly Kearney.