Samuel L. Jackson, Jesse Williams Actors to be honoured at 2016 BET Awards

While Samuel L. Jackson will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award, actor and activist Jesse Williams will receive the Humanitarian Award.

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Jesse Williams

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BET has announced that actor and film producer Samuel L. Jackson, and actor and activist Jesse Williams will be honoured at the 16th annual BET Awards.

Jackson will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Williams will receive the evening’s Humanitarian Award on Sunday, June 26, 2016.

Samuel L. Jackson is a critically acclaimed and award-winning actor popular for his roles in movies including "Pulp Fiction," "Django Unchained," “The Hateful Eight” among others.

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Jesse Williams is an actor and activist best known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on the popular series “Grey’s Anatomy”.

The actor who uses his celebrity platform to shine a light on the injustices of our society, is an outspoken advocate of the Black Lives Matter movement. During Ferguson, he stood with thousands of protesters to make sure that unarmed teen Mike Brown’s death was not in vain.

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Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery

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Gabrielle Union (Being Mary Jane), Taraji P Henson (Empire), Kerry Washington (Scandal), Viola Davis (How to get Away with Murder), Tracee Ellis Ross, Idris Elba, Anthony Anderson, "Beast of No Nation" among others are among the nominees.

Hosted by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, the BET Awards will include performances by Usher, Bryson Tiller, Desiigner, Future, Alicia Keys and Maxwell.

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