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Former BET Host Ananda Lewis Shares That She Has Stage 3 Breast Cancer | VIBE

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Former BET Host Ananda Lewis Shares That She Has Stage 3 Breast Cancer | VIBE

“I have been fighting to get cancer out of my body for almost two years.”


Ananda Lewis, former host of BET’s Teen Summit and MTV veejay who hosted her own self-titled daytime talk show, revealed that she has stage 3 breast cancer. Lewis, 47, shared her story in commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which runs through the month of October.

In a video posted to Instagram on Thursday (Oct. 1), Lewis opened up about her cancer battle, and apologized to close friends and family for not sharing the story with them before announcing it on social media. “That phrase ‘Don’t talk about it be about it,’ that’s been my life for almost two years and honestly there’s nothing any of you could have done so I apologize if you felt like I excluded you. It wasn’t personal, it was just something I needed.


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Black Entertainment Television (BET) is an American pay television channel targeting African American audiences. It is owned by the ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks unit of ViacomCBS and has offices in New York CityLos AngelesChicago, and was formerly headquartered in Washington, D.C.

As of February 2015, approximately 88,255,000 American households (75.8% of households with television) receive the channel.

History – After stepping down as a lobbyist for the cable industry, Freeport, Illinois native Robert L. Johnson decided to launch his own cable television network. Johnson would soon acquire a loan for $15,000 and a $500,000 investment from media executive John Malone to start the network. The network, which was named Black Entertainment Television (BET), launched on January 25, 1980. Cheryl D. Miller designed the logo that would represent the network.

Initially broadcasting for two hours a week as a block of programming on the Madison Square Garden Sports Network (which would change their name to USA Network three months after BET launched), the network’s lineup composed of music videos and reruns of popular black sitcoms. It would not be until 1983 that BET became a full-fledged entity, independent of any other channel or programming block.

Source – BET (Updated: 27 September 2020) Wikipedia. Available at, (Accessed: 03 October 2020)