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2020 BET AWARDS eight p.m. on BET and CBS. While some awards have postponed their ceremonies, this annual present, which celebrates the work of black artists, athletes and entertainers, continues to be a go. Now in its 20th yr, the BET Awards will characteristic performances by Alicia Keys, Future, DaBaby and extra. Rather than sing from their couches, the artists prerecorded their very own segments from all kinds of settings, utilizing open venues, public areas and, after all, their creativity. Drake leads with six nominations, adopted by Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Rich, who every have 5. Other artists with a number of nods embrace Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown. The comic Amanda Seales hosts.
I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK 10 p.m. on HBO; stream on HBO platforms. For years, the crime writer Michelle McNamara investigated a serial killer who committed more than 50 sexual assaults and at least 10 murders in the 1970s and ’80s in California. McNamara had been documenting her work in a book, from which this show borrows the title, but she was so engrossed in the search that she had nightmares and sleepless nights. She tried to quell her anxiety with prescription drugs, then, in 2016, she died from an accidental overdose. Her husband, the comedian Patton Oswalt, helped ensure her book would reach the public, and it was published posthumously in 2018. (The killer was identified and arrested shortly after.) This six-part documentary series retraces the case in McNamara’s words, featuring excerpts from her book and original records, as well as insight from detectives and survivors.
UNSETTLED: SEEKING REFUGE IN AMERICA (2020) Stream on WorldChannel.org. Given that Pride Month is nearly over, and that President Trump recently issued an order that blocks thousands of foreigners from working in the United States, this documentary is particularly timely. The director Tom Shepard spotlights four L.G.B.T.Q. refugees and asylum seekers who fled persecution in their native countries and found support among organizations and communities in San Francisco. We meet a gay Syrian refugee who faced death threats from Islamic terrorists; a lesbian couple from Angola navigating American immigration courts; and a gender nonconforming gay man from the Democratic Republic of Congo whose search for housing is mired with hurdles. The film sends a sobering message: The subjects may have fled dangerous pasts, but their new lives are not without struggles.
CHASING AMY (1997) Stream on Netflix. For a different take on L.G.B.T.Q. issues onscreen, watch this romantic comedy by Kevin Smith before it leaves Netflix on June 30. Ben Affleck stars as a comic-book artist in New York who falls for another comic-book artist, played by Joey Lauren Adams. The catch? She’s a lesbian. The movie has become something of a cult classic, though it isn’t exactly a film gay rights activists praise. Much of the language doesn’t hold up, and some critics have argued that the movie is akin to a crash-course on lesbians tailored toward straight men.