Aug 27

The History of BET

Black Entertainment Television (BET), headquartered in Washington, D.C. and currently operates under the VIACOM umbrella.   With more than 90 million homes watching worldwide, it is the well-known station targeting African-American viewers.  It is also a leading provider of black American cultural and entertainment based programming, both of original creations, acquired properties and musical presentations.

After stepping down as a lobbyist for the cable industry, Freeport, Illinois native Robert L. Johnson decided to launch his own cable television network. Johnson would soon acquire a loan for $15,000, and earned a $500,000 investment from media executive John Malone to start the network.[3] The network, which was named Black Entertainment Television, launched on January 25, 1980.[4] Initially broadcasting for two hours a week as a block of programming on Nickelodeon (it would not be until 1983 that BET became a full-fledged channel), the network’s lineup consisted of music videos and reruns of popular black sitcoms.  (from Wikipedia)

BET has gained popularity with its’ vast black audience, but has faced a number of major African Americans critics such as syndicated columnist George Curry, cartoonist and television producer Aaron McGruder, movie director  and producer Spike Lee, and former Syracuse University professor Boyce Watkins. These critics and others denounced BET’s programming, claiming it promoted sexism and anti-intellectualism.

They also argued that showing rap and hip hop-oriented programming along with comedy programs either intentionally or inadvertently promoted anti-black stereotypes. BET founder Richard Johnson and Viacom executives claimed they were providing the programming the market demanded. In 2008 a number of prominent black ministers (“Enough is Enough”) publicly protested BET programming choices outside the network’s headquarters.

Enough is Enough supported a 2008 report “The Rap on Rap” by the Parents Television Council that argued that BET’s rap programming, which they believed contained gratuitous sexual, violent and profane content, was targeting children and teens.

The controversy continued in 2010, when BET co-founder Sheila Johnson said she is “ashamed” of what the network has become. “I don’t watch it. I suggest to my kids that they don’t watch it,” she said. “When we started BET, it was going to be the Ebony magazine on television. We had public affairs programming. We had news.

The criticism has not impacted the growth and acceptance of BET and the various shows and programs they have created.  In 2013, it is reported that 79.82% of households with television receive the BET network.  However, there is no information available as to what percentage of those households chose to get the network, or receive the network as part of a larger cable package.

According to the sales material, “BET provides contemporary entertainment that speaks to young Black adults from an authentic, unapologetic viewpoint of the Black experience. BET connects with its target audience in a way no other media outlet can providing hit music, entertainment and news programming that is reflective of their experiences.  Our outstanding mega-specials keep viewers regularly tuned in for the latest and greatest in Black entertainment.”

Jul 31

BET Gospel host Bobby Jones ready for 34th season at 75 – Washington Post (blog)

After more than three decades on Black Amusement Television, Bobby Jones was showing no signs of slowing down as he shuttled gospel artists on and off his stage last weekend for the taping of a gospel program that is the longest-running display on BET.

Whether it was sharing a melody with gospel legend Dorothy Norwood or interviewing top new gospel artist Tosha Cobb, Jones, 75, has been the undisputed gatekeeper of gospel since he launched the Bobby Jones Gospel Hr in January 1980.

“I never know if I am going to do another season or not, but I always have that sensation that I am coming back to do it once again, ” said Jones, whose plan is in its 34th season at BET. “This is the love of my entire life. I stopped my other profession to do this, and the results have been immeasurable. “

Even though Jones’s father was illiterate and his mother only had an eighth-grade education, he was determined to be successful, graduating from Tennessee State University using a master’s degree in education and three PhDs.

While Jones was an elementary school teacher in Nashville in 1976, he put together a 30-minute gospel show called “The Nashville Gospel Music Show” that was a success. Four years later, Robert Johnson, founder of BET, decided to acquire Jones’s show.

Jones has been upon BET since its inception, as well as for years he used fly to Washington once a week, tape the display and return to Nashville. Today, Jones and his Nashville choir do everything in D. C. over three weekends, and all of the top gospel performers manage to find a way to come to D. Chemical. as well.

“I started out years ago with Bobby and I thank God for it, ” said Norwood, who is poised to produce her 52nd album this year. “It is a wonderful thing. It is only with the grace of God, and his mercy is encamped around me and I am still going strong. ”

Jones sees himself as the spiritual version of the late “Soul Train” host Wear Cornelius, because he has given numerous gospel artists their first nationwide platform: Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Steve P. Kee, Hezekiah Walker, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Donald Lawrence and Dorothy Norwood.

“Dr. Bobby Jones has been a very important part of the success from the Williams Brothers, ” said Melvin Williams, lead singer of the group. “Dr. Jones has been part of every CD the Williams Brothers has put out, and we want to thank him regarding opening doors for all of these performers across the United States of America. ”

Williams, a member of the musical family that produced the Jackson Southernaires and the Mississippi Mass Choir, said Jones has worked with his family for the past 35 years. “He was first in his Nashville studio, then he moved to downtown Nashville and then Dark Entertainment Television. ”

“I just thank God for Dr . Jones regarding saying yes to God as they has changed so many lives, ” stated Cobb, who today has the top gospel hit “There is Power in the Name of Jesus. ” She additional: “I am so thankful as they gave me an opportunity. ”

In addition to Cobb, recording artists Yolanda Adams taped a plan last Saturday, and other artists had been on Friday and this weekend. Performers from across the country will be part of the taping of nine more shows that will air in the fall.
“Dr. Jones is the Oprah Winfrey of gospel music: After we sing in the show, record sales go up, ” gospel artist Charles Butler stated. “There are not many shows with this level that showcase our skill. ”

Stephen Hill, president of programing for BET, said: “Bobby Jones was literally the foundation of programing at BET. He was the initial show that BET had in terms of original programing, and he is not only strong after 34 years, he is flourishing. He is BET. He is our middle, he is our beginning. ”

In terms of the long term, Jones evoked the words of a song by the late Rev. James Cleveland. “I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired. ” “My body is working properly and as long as that happens, we will be good. ”

Hamil Harris is currently a multi-platform reporter on the Local Desk of The Washington Post.

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Jul 29

Steve Sheen’s Alleged HIV-Tiger Blood: Jordan Nunnery’s The Word?

July 29th, 2014

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HSK Special – Steve Sheen may have one ‘Two Tigers Entertainment’ booking agent to say thanks to for his reported HIV-positive Tiger Blood, according to our industry insider. Our source names former Hollywood music broker Michael ‘Mike’ Nunnery as the the one-time moonlighting whore-wrangler suspected to have connected the dots between Charlie Gloss and one transgender prostitute/alleged host who may have introduced HIV towards the actor’s Tiger Blood.


“When Mike Nunnery wasn’t brokering concerts, he had been supplying Charlie Sheen with hookers . ”

Here’s the drop:


“Mike doesn’t know if Charlie Gloss gave the tranny HIV or if the tranny gave Charlie HIV…whatever the case maybe Mike is packing up and leaving L. A. and he’s moving back to Ohio. ”

This news comes a few months after the troubled actor shut down manufacturing on the set of “Anger Management” — blaming “a nasty case associated with Laryngitis” for calling in sick and tired “two days in a row”.

According to Michael Nunnery’s ‘Mythodic Stadium Solutions’ bio:


“Michael Nunnery, Proprietor and Director of Operations, Jordan is known for “connecting the dots” in the business world. He simply has got the means and the skill to get deals done and position clients with all the right team. As a booking broker, artist manager and consultant, plus new business developer Michael Nunnery is really a cut above the rest through innovation, romantic relationship building, and hard work.

Michael merely gets it done and generates results he has worked hard designed for his success and has no plans on slowing down.

For his full biography you can view it at: www.twotigersent.com

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