TV Picks: What we’re watching this week

Rakim, center, is backed by T.I., right, and Kendrick as he accepts the I Am Hip Hop Award award at the BET Hip-Hop Honors at Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (Photo by John Amis/Invision/AP)

By// Mariah Craddick

BET Hip Hop Awards (BET) Tuesday, 8/7c

Amidst drama and parking lot scuffles (read about that here), the award show taping went on without a hitch last weekend. Now fans can see the festivities themselves. Hosted by Mike Epps, the show includes a tribute to Chris Lighty by LL Cool J and others and a series of freestyle sessions with Snoop Dogg, B.o.B., T.I. and more.

See our exclusive red carpet photos from the award show here. 

Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition (Lifetime) Tuesday, 8/7c

She’s back and she’s still making little girls cry. Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller features as judge along with Pussycat Dolls’ founder Robin Antin and celebrity choreographer Richard “Richie” Jackson in this new kids’ dance competition. Dancers ages six through 13 will compete for a scholarship to Joffrey Ballet in New York and a $100,000 cash prize.

Keyshia & Daniel: Family First (BET) Tuesday, 10/9c

Current JET cover girl Keyshia Cole’s no stranger to reality TV. Her first show The Way It Is is most memorable for the airing out of her family issues with mother Frankie and sister Neffie. However, this new reality venture focuses on her new life with hubby and NBA baller Daniel Gibson and their two-year-old son DJ.

Read more about Keyshia and her family in the latest issue of JET Magazine. On newsstands now or subscribe here.

The Vice Presidential Debate, Thursday (coverage begins @ 8/7c; click here for broadcasting channels)

Following last week’s Presidential showdown, Vice Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan debate foreign and domestic policies. Martha Raddatz, ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent, will moderate (much better than Jim Lehrer did, we hope).

To see what else we’re watching, pick up this week’s JET. On newsstands now or click here to subscribe.