Keep it Up, BET!

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!

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Comments

  1. Why they air it so late? I guess they trying to grab the “unCut” crowd. LOL!

  2. jerseybred says:

    I need to watch this, maybe BET is coming around.

  3. Doesn’t Viacom own both CBS and BET? Hmmm…

  4. This is on & off topic 1) I forgot all about MS Cita, damn she was ghetto as hell & used to piss me off while making me laugh because the concept was soooo ridiculous . BET needs to be shut down for 2 weeks & revamped with new programming that only includes 3 hrs of videos. I’m mos def Black byt not entertained by what they have been offering over the last 6 years.

    Bygbaby

  5. Regular BET is atrocious, but BETJ is a great channel. I have Direct TV, so I know it may not be available to non-satellite folks. The focus is supposed to be Jazz music, but they show mostly neo-soul and classic videos, some Jazz, old concerts from people like Marvin Gaye, Frankie Beverly & Maze, and James Brown, old episodes of Video Soul and Planet Groove (remember Rachael?). They did a whole hour on MeChelle Ndegeocello’s latest jazz album “March of the Infidels”. They also have a show called “My Two Cents” which is a show that focuses on different issues with really cool panelists like Keith Boykin and poet Stacey Ann Chin. It’s a pretty cool channel and a good alternative to the regular BET. I think networks like BET and TV One should focus on having more well-made original programming and not just 227 reruns.

  6. I WISH I had BETJ! They always have fantastic Caribbean programs. But although VH1 Soul and MTV Jams are part of my cable package, BETJ is not. Strange, huh?

  7. Hallo, I think this is very good. Keep it up. :-)

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