2011 FACE List Honorees
Lilian Blankson is a Fascinating African committed to Excellence. Upon entering through the doors of BET Networks, Ms. Blankson was determined to use her new position to help bridge the gap between the African and the American entertainment industries.
Ms Blankson’s journey with BET Networks began with the Sports, Specials and Primetime Division. She assisted in managing each division and quickly learned from ground up her way around television production and the entertainment business overall. As the eventual Senior Manager of Specials, she created and owned her roles which included overseeing the balloting process for the BET Awards, Hip- Hop Awards, and the Comedy Awards.
In January 2008, Blankson was hand picked to assist in the launch and operation of BET Networks’ International channel in the UK, Ireland, Africa, and the Middle East. Her strategic ability to equally encompass both her American and African roots made her a perfect candidate for the job. She currently serves in a variety of roles in this position: Director of Programming Content, Writer and Producer, Talent Relations and consulting on African Programming.
Deeply connected to her current position, she is committed to the advancement and positive promotion of Africa and its artists. This commitment is evident when one considers her involvement in BET’s profiles of African artists such as P-Square, MI, Kojo Antwi, D’Banj & 2Face Idibia to name a few, the inclusion of a Best International Act Category on the BET Awards, and the recent all Ghanaian Cypher with D-Black, Sarkodie, Kwaku-T, Ayigbe Edem, Tinny, BabyG & Reggie Rockstone that she produced, arranged and directed. The cypher made history, garnered a great deal of attention (over 50,000 views collectively in less than a week,) and was included as part of the BET Hip-Hop Awards exclusively for the international channel.
A few years ago, Blankson launched Princess Publications and self published her first book, Rain Love Poetry & Portraits. The work is a beautiful coffee table book that overflows with exquisite black and white portraits that masterfully portray equally effective life poems. Copies of Blankson’s books have been sold throughout the US, the UK, Ghana, and Nigeria. Her next four books are already in development. Driven to write and publish, she is busy at work composing short stories, a novel, and several essays which she intends to release under her publishing company. With two distinct writing voices, African and African-American, Lilian can’t be too far from the prize.