Like many of you, I’d more or less given up on the ol’ BET.
I grew up on it, having been a Video Soul with Donnie Simpson baby, but somewhere around the era of Miss Cita and Uncut, I realized that this wasn’t for me. Then after Free and AJ left, it was a wrap. I started hearing insider criticism that was both salacious and believable. So whenever I do wind up watching BET, I keep Confucius’ saying in mind: Expect Nothing and You Shall Not Be Disappointed.
But last night, BET shocked the hell out of me. After a particularly insipid episode of the Black Carpet, BET aired a documentary called Black is Beautiful: The N-Word. It was intelligent but kept it real, and the whole program was very timely in light of the Don Imus scandal. It’s past time that BET critically examines the culture it has helped to create, and this was a great effort on their part.
I’m curious to hear what you all think when it re-airs on Sunday, April 15 at 11:30.
Set your Tivos for this one!