In 50th anniversary of the historic march on Selma, BET has organized a musical concert. The show is to be a representation of the civil rights movement. In this show features included Bill Whithers, Cicely Tyson and Harry Belafonte. In addition Hip Hop veterans Bell Biv DeVoe, Flava Flav, Doug E. Fresh, MC Lyte, D-Nice, Vanilla Ice and Rick Ross.
Controversy has risen over the past few hours when it was announced that Vanilla Ice will be apart of such the remarkable event. Parker Baxter who is the President of BET Event Production and the Executive Vice President of Centric TV is the person who was responsible for choosing Vanilla Ice defended his decision.
“Vanilla Ice was in the Soul Train Awards two years ago and he’s a really cool person. When we call him for things he likes working with us and we like working with him,” Baker recently told AL.com, an Alabama based website. “He’s one of the people we call to participate in things with us, and if he can do it he absolutely will. I sent him a text and within two minutes his response was two words: ‘I’m in.'”
The show will take place at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the same location where police attacked protestors during their march from Selma to the Alabama state capital in Montgomery. Thousands are expected to participate in a march on March 7 which is the 50th anniversary of the event, known as “Bloody Sunday.”