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.”

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Upon Black Entertainment TV Obama Insists That America is Racist : Town Hall

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Dec 07

Obama declares country still ‘deeply’ troubled by race, in interview along with… – BizPac Review

President Obama ’s race card has no expiration time and he doesn’t leave home without it.

In an interview along with Black Entertainment Television to be transmitted Monday, Obama said the country that will his presidency promised to prospect into a “post-racial” era is still “deeply rooted” in racism .

“This is something that is significantly rooted in our society, it’s significantly rooted in our history, ” he said. “When you’re dealing with some thing as deeply rooted as racism or bias, you’ve got to have vigilance but you have to recognize that it’s likely to take some time, and you just have to be steady so that you don’t give up when we don’t obtain all the way there. This isn’t going to be solved overnight. ”

Obama invoked the recent law enforcement killings of Michael Brown plus Eric Garner when saying that whilst what many consider “racist” situations still occur, things are much better than they were decades ago.

“We have made progress. As painful as these incidents are, we can’t equate what is happening now to what was occurring 50 years ago, ” Obama stated. “If you talk to your grandparents, parents, uncles, they’ll tell you that elements are better, not good, in some cases, yet better. We have to be persistent, since typically progress is in steps. It’s in increments. ”

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Dec 05

AJ Cooper III Death: Former BET Show Host Dies at 34 – Latin Post

Former host of BET’s ” Teen Summit ” and nascent politician AJ Cooper III, who recently made a proposal for D. C. Council, passed away Dec. 4 in his hometown of Washington, D. C. at the age of 34.

According to a report from The Washington Post , Cooper’s aunt Peggy Cooper Cafrtiz, the political candidate had been experiencing chest pain and dizziness for days. Days later, he collapsed fatally in his mother’s home. Brenda Rhodes Miller, Cooper’s mother, said the former TV host died “suddenly” Wednesday morning.

Born into a political family, Cooper started his career as a policy director for D. C. ‘s Prevent Teen Pregnancy before initiating a career in the D. C. council in 2012. Other credentials include working alongside Freedom Farms assisting low-income residents in the D. C. area with supplemental income and produce.

“He thought a lot of people could get jobs that way, and he thought it could be really, really successful here, ” Cafrtiz said to The Post.

Cooper also organized a protest for Michael Brown outside of Missouri’s Justice Department headquarters on Monday.

Upon the outrage of a grand jury declining to indict Darren Wilson on the shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri, the Washington Post reports that Cooper took to his Facebook page to ask followers to create change by being active in government.

“All I can say is that all of the emotions you are feeling need to be channeled into political power. Let that burning feeling in your gut be the fuel to power a movement. Otherwise when the smoke clears all we will have left are tears and ashes. ”

Cooper’s father, Algernon Johnson Cooper, became the first black mayor elected in a majority-white city in Alabama when he was elected mayor of a mostly-Caucasian Pritchard, Alabama, in 1972. The former TV host had hopes of continuing that legacy.

Cafritz, a former president of the D. C. Board of Education and longtime philanthropist and arts advocate, shared with the Washington Post: “He loved the city, and he loved serving the people in the city, from the elderly to the young. Jay was just on the verge of bursting forth. ”

Hello Beautiful noted the importance of Cooper’s role on Teen Summit, which ran Sept. 16, 1989 to Aug. 31, 2003. Cooper, who was billed as “Jay” on the show, hosted the show between 2000 and 2003 during the height of the teen pop era. Major label artists such as Total, Lil’ Kim, and pop icon Usher performed. Viewed as an important show for black youth, the show covered hot topics such as bullying, sexuality, dating and inspiring teens to uplift their communities through teamwork and volunteer efforts.

The Post reported that Cooper announced his intention to seek the Ward 4 council seat last month, following the news that Muriel E. Bowser would be transitioning into his role as mayor on Jan. 2. According to a family statement, Cooper became engaged to be married the week before.

“My heart goes out to the family of AJ Cooper who tragically passed away this morning. He was a positive force & touched the lives of many, ” tweeted Vincent C. Gray, Mayor of District of Columbia on Dec 3. Prior to sending the tweet, Gray announced updated information of the funeral arrangements for former mayor and councilmember Marion Barry, who was laid to rest Thursday morning.

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Chris Rock on THR essay, NYC Grand jury decision – U-T San Diego

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Actor/director Chris Rock attends the premiere associated with “Top Five” at the Ziegfeld Theater on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) The Associated Press

Actor/director Chris Rock attends the premiere associated with “Top Five” at the Ziegfeld Theater on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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Acting professional Ice-T and wife Nicole “Coco” Austin attend the premiere associated with “Top Five” at the Ziegfeld Theater on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) The Associated Press

Actor Ice-T and wife Nicole “Coco” Austin tx attend the premiere of “Top Five” at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, within New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — At the premiere associated with his new film, “Top Five, ” Chris Rock addressed the controversy surrounding his recent essay in the Hollywood Reporter.

The 49-year star didn’t view it as a courageous act; rather this individual was simply stating the facts more than being black in the entertainment industry.

In the piece, Stone questions how such a “liberal town” like Hollywood is also “kind associated with racist” when it comes to hiring practices plus diversity. He called Hollywood: “A white industry. Just as the NBA is a black industry. ”

Rock told the Associated Press Wednesday night that he had been merely speaking from the heart.

“I don’t look at it since even being political. I’m simply stating the facts. I’m not trying to be political at all, that’s (Jon) Stewart, that’s (Bill) Maher, that is certainly, you know, not me, ” Stone said.

Rock also reacted to Wednesday’s Grand court decision in New York not to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death a black Staten Isle man last summer. That altercation was captured on video with all the suspect screaming, “I can’t breathe. ”

“It’s unhappy when something is on video video tape. It’s sad, ” Rock said.

“Law and Purchase: SVU” star Ice-T was a a bit more forthcoming.

“My belly is twisted over this point. We all kind of witnessed a snuff film on television, when you saw that will video. And when you come back plus say no crime has been dedicated. It’s hard for people to take, ” Ice-T said.

For the past 16 years, Ice-T has played a NYPD police private investigator on the successful television drama.

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