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.”

Nov 30

‘The Wiz, ‘ With Added Street Cred, Heads for TV plus Broadway – New York Times

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Nov 30

Ja Rule Humblebrags by Pining for the Days When He Wasn’t

He also compares himself to Larry David.

Nov 28

Wellspring helps single mother out of her dark times – The Seattle Times

The girl was 19 years old, back in Seattle from college for the winter break.

Joyce McClain had been attending Lane College in Knutson, Tenn., a historically black church-related institution. It was her first time out of state; really, out of the Seattle area.

It was exciting, being out there on her own. “I have been to Pasco once, ” says McClain.

The lady was majoring in mass conversation, with the idea of eventually writing intended for BET, the Black Entertainment Tv cable network.

Throughout Christmas break in 2010, McClain states, she got together with a guy she had known since childhood. In retrospect, you can always come up with should-haves, could-haves.


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Returning to Street College, soon enough, McClain found out.


“I was disgusted with myself. I had had unprotected sex. I did not take care of myself, ” McClain states.

She quit school. She had maybe $300. “I didn’t have a bank account. It was inside a shoebox, ” McClain says.

She returned home and lived with her mom.

It smashed McClain that the young man who obtained her pregnant stopped communicating.

The downward spiral began. “The dark place, ” McClain recalls.

“I was a college dropout. I had plans, goals. We couldn’t achieve them. I didn’t know what I was going to do. I actually couldn’t stay with my mom, ” she says. “Me and mom acquired some differences. I needed my own place. ”

This is a story that could have got headed into more dark places.

But McClain lucked out.

Through the condition Department of Social and Wellness Services, she was told in regards to a nonprofit that’s been in Seattle since 1892.

It began as agencies tended to be named more than a century ago: the Bureau associated with Associated Charities of Seattle.

Now it’s called Wellspring Family Services, and it is one of twelve nonprofits helped by The Seattle Instances Fund For The Needy campaign.

Wellspring Family Services

The agency helps homeless families find homes; it offers specific early learning for children who may have experienced trauma; teaches abusive companions nonviolent behaviors; and helps people nurture parental skills. In 2014, Wellspring served 3, 790 children and families, including emergency plus long-term housing assistance, and shipped $800, 000 in donated clothing and supplies.

The unplanned maternity for McClain now is La’Shon, the 4-year-old boy with a ready grin.

He’s one of 80 children going to the agency’s Early Learning Center at its headquarters upon Rainier Avenue South.

“He knows how to write their full name, ” says McClain regarding her son. She is a very very pleased mom. “I see his improvement every day. ”

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$50: Provides transportation for a classroom of students towards the Early Learning Center.

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There exists a waiting list of 56 at the center; nearly all children are in the “very lower income” category.

With no Wellspring, McDowell figures she understands what her life would have already been.

“I think I’d be in the streets somewhere, ” she says. “I feel like I can be homeless. ”

It wasn’t an easy journey.

When she broke the news to her family about her maternity, she says, the subject of an abortion was brought up.

No was her unequivocal answer. She is a religious individual, raised a Baptist.

It was the referral to Wellspring that connected her with Jenn Sparr, a social worker at the agency who helps find housing for people in need.

Last year, the agency found housing for 485 families with 820 children. The recipients pay the share of their monthly income toward the market-rate rental. For McClain, it was 30 percent.

McClain first ended up at a motel, after that an apartment near Delridge Way Southwest. She had a home of her very own for her and La’Shon.

Sparr would visit about once a week, bringing clothing, toys, various necessities.

And the social worker listened.

“She had to struggle, for her personal identity and self-esteem, ” states Sparr. In some ways, says Sparr, the particular young mom had been catapulted from childhood into adulthood.

Says McClain, “I called her our therapist. She never judged me. She was basically the only individual I could trust. ”

The dark times still came around, though.

“I didn’t want to see no lights, didn’t want to be around nobody, talk to nobody, ” she remembers.

McClain did not want to take anti-depression medication: “No capsules for me. ”

Along with Sparr, McClain wrote down her goals.

Two main ones: Get a job. Look into school.

She did find employment, with Landmark Event Staffing Services, and later at a party-supply store. The pay was 10 dollars an hour, usually 25 or 30 hours a week.

Around after that, something else was happening in the girl life.

Ricky McClain, 27, had known Joyce (then with last name of McDowell) since they were children. He’s the patient-care coordinator at Swedish Medical Center.

When he discovered that she was pregnant, “I reached out to her, just to see how the girl was doing. I told her, when she needed somebody, I’d become there for her. ”

To keep Joyce from dwelling upon those dark places, Ricky might take her to a movie, simply hang out, “just as friends. ”

The friendship increased into romance and then marriage three years ago.

Joyce McClain, her husband, Ricky, and their two (soon to be three) children, La’Shon, 4, Rick’l, 1, and RiJoyce (on the way), have benefited from the support of Wellspring Family Services in Seattle — from the Early Learning Center that the boys attend, to the Housing Services center that helped them find stable, permanent housing. (soon to be three) children, La’Shon, 4, Rick’l, 1, and RiJoyce (on the way), have benefited from the support of Wellspring Family Services in Seattle — from the Early Learning Center that the boys attend, to the Housing Services center that helped them find stable, permanent housing. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Joyce McClain, her husband, Ough, and their two (soon to become three) children, La’Shon, 4, Rick’l, 1, and RiJoyce (on the way), have benefited from the support of Wellspring Family Services within Seattle — from the Early Learning Center that the boys attend, towards the Housing Services center that helped them find stable, permanent casing. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

“He produced me feel beautiful. He dealt with me like a woman. He didn’t care about stuff that was said, that he was basically better than me. The reason why mess with a girl who has a baby? ” says McClain.

The lady remembers the flowers Ricky delivered her.

She used to be allergic to blooms. The allergies stopped with Ricky’s flowers.

She and Ricky live in a Des Moines apartment, getting no assistance just for rent.

She plus Ricky now have a year-old son, Rick’I. And a baby girl to become named RiJoyce is due in The month of january. She says that will be her final child.

Meanwhile, McClain is closing in on objective No . 2 .

She is finishing an internship to receive her medical-assistant certificate from Highline College.

Wellspring is there in the journey of McClain and now her family.

The agency provides the family with child care, clothing and a Christmas gift event.

McClain plans to look for employment after time using the baby. She and Ricky intend to get more education to advance themselves.

“Moving into a house. 2 incomes. Buy a new car, ” she says. “I see a gorgeous future. ”

The particular darkness, says McClain, has raised.

Nov 27

Tyga Moves Out of Kylie Jenner’s House

Couple updates relationship status to: “Individuals.”

Nov 27

Wait for Black Friday? N.J. shoppers get a head start on Thanksgiving –

The images used to be synonymous with Black Friday: Crazed shoppers trampling each other as they raced to get the best deals.

But those images are dwindling as some major retailers have started opening their doors ahead of Black Friday on Thanksgiving. While stores like Kohl’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods opened at 6 p.m., others like JCPenney opened their doors at 3 p.m.

Earlier store openings coupled with a more orderly approach to distributing major doorbusters has quelled the Black Friday frenzy. At Best Buy and Wal-Mart, tickets for the most desired items are given to shoppers ahead of store openings.

“It’s an organized system,” said a manager at Best Buy. The store also allowed groups of 50 people inside every five minutes 20 minutes before doors opened at 5 p.m.

The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, estimates about 30 million people will shop on Thanksgiving. With the warmer temperatures ” highs hovered near the 60s on Thursday ” eager shoppers started waiting in line at major retailers around the state as early as 1 a.m.

For some people, like Mario Tejada, 22, and his brother Jeremy Peralta, 16, both of New Brunswick, waiting in line on Thanksgiving is a tradition.

They arrived at the Best Buy on Route 18 in East Brunswick at 1 a.m. and set up a four-person tent. Inside the tent, they had a portable heater, laptop computer, blanket, pillows and a set of speakers.

“Honestly, we have TVs all over our house, I already have a 42-inch Sharp at home,” Tejada said. “We’re just doing it for the fun. We like the camping aspect of it. We’re doing it because it is a good price and also because it’s something different for us to do.”

Tejada said he and Peralta plan on snatching a Toshiba 49-inch LED TV for $149. It normally goes for $429, Tejada said. When they’re done shopping, the brothers will head home and have dinner with their family.

There were about 5 people lined up at the Best Buy store at 10 a.m. By 4 p.m., an hour before doors opened, a group of about 100 waited in anticipation.

Anubrata Mukhenjee, 24, and Manoj Roy, 32, both of Piscataway, were also waiting in line at the Best Buy for the Toshiba television. While this was Roy’s fifth time shopping on Thanksgiving, it was Mukhenjee’s first.

“We don’t have a lot of family around,” Mukhenjee said. “So we’re not actually missing anything.”

Mukhenjee said they would eat a Thanksgiving dinner after shopping.

At Kmart in Elmwood Park, which was open from 12 a.m. to 7 p.m., about 50 cars were in the parking lot around 1:45 p.m. One shopper said she came out to buy new laser holiday lights before they sold out; another said she was buying clothes and lip-gloss on sale.

“I really didn’t (want to be shopping on Thanksgiving), but I really wanted to put my Christmas tree up, so that’s why I’m buying Christmas tree stuff but I feel very guilty doing it,” said Gomez , of Paterson, who bought holiday ornaments for half off. “It’s slow, it’s not crazy in there. I really don’t like Black Friday.”

For other shoppers, the stellar deals were the main draw, but it was also some added perks that got them to leave their homes on Thanksgiving.

At the Kohl’s in Princeton, Kush Bhatia and Younes Baghdad, of Plainsboro, and Bhatia’s cousin Baruk Kochar, came out to get a deal on a Ps4 video game player.

“We checked out all the deals online and we thought Kohl’s had the best deal,” Baghdad said.

But they also came because Kohl’s was giving away free movie tickets from Fandango, which they said would be used to go see the new Star Wars movie.

Hundreds were waiting in line to get into the Morris Plains Kohl’s just before it opened at 6 p.m. The first hundred shoppers got free movie tickets and they funneled quietly and slowly inside.

One shopper said she waited in line for only 10 minutes before reaching the store. But another woman wasn’t as optimistic about how care-free her shopping experience would be.

“I’ve never had a Black Friday go smoothly,” she said.

NJ Advance Media’s Patti Sapone, Laura Herzog, Marisa Iati and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Alex Napoliello may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @alexnapoNJ. Find on Facebook.

Nov 24

Missy Elliott’s Most GIFable Moments

Missy in GIF form. Seriously, what could be better?

Nov 24

Ben Carson seeks 13% of black vote to beat Clinton – News & Observer

Ben Carson’s campaign doesn’t think it can win over the majority of African American voters, but it does think it can lure enough of them to beat Hillary Clinton.

Though Barack Obama won 93 percent of the black vote in 2012, Carson is betting he can lead a significant portion of that demographic back to the party of Abraham Lincoln. In fact, his team has set ambitious target of winning 13 percent of the African American vote in order to defeat the current Democratic front-runner in the general election.

“If we can capture that much of the African American vote it is mathematically impossible for her to win,” Carson adviser Armstrong Williams said, referring to Clinton.

That figure, however, is more than double the percentage of African Americans that voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. At least one Democratic pollster calls the goal “realistic,” despite the fact that African American Republicans remain something of a rarity. Of the 535 voting members of Congress, just three are black Republicans, and that constitutes the high-water mark since Reconstruction.

And while pursuing the black vote makes sense in the general election, it comes at a time when Carson’s status as a front-runner suddenly feels precarious. In the wake of a string of foreign policy miscues in November, Carson’s standing in the polls has dipped, while Donald Trump’s numbers have either held steady or continued to rise.

After months of campaigning without many direct appeals to black voters, Carson was the only Republican presidential candidate to show up last weekend at a Black Entertainment Television forum at Allen University in South Carolina, a state where more than a quarter of the population is African American. Carson directly addressed the issue of race in his campaign, arguing that his party presents black voters with an alternative that respects their personal dignity.

“A lot of people say to me, ‘You grew up poor. You must have enjoyed some government support. Now you want to take that away from everybody else,’” Carson told the mostly African American crowd of about 300 at the historically black university.

“I have no intention of withdrawing safety nets from people but people say stuff like that to demonize you,” he continued. “It threatens the narrative that they have. The narrative of dependency-that you actually need them for something, that if they disappear, all of your fortunes are going to go down the tubes. That’s a bunch of crap, quite frankly, and it’s been going on for way too long.”

Carson believes he can help his party cut into what has traditionally been a core Democratic constituency-only about 2 percent of registered Republicans are black, according to a Gallup poll-by appealing to socially conservative African Americans who oppose abortion and same-sex marriage.


Vanderbilt University associate professor Efrén Pérez, an expert on political psychology, said Carson or any other Republican presidential candidate might be able to get more than 10 percent of the black vote this cycle by appealing to religiously conservative voters. “Anything beyond that is an uphill battle,” Pérez said. “And I don’t think the reserve of religiously conservative African Americans runs deep enough to call it a swath of Republican support.”

Pérez said that GOP efforts to elect a more diverse field often “make white members more comfortable about their own party, but it has does very little for the recruitment effort of minority members into the fold.”


Cornell Belcher, a Democratic pollster who has worked for President Barack Obama, said Carson’s goal is “realistic,” but does not represent a long-term solution for the Republican party. “The overall problem for Republicans is still the same: they’re preaching to a shrinking choir,” Belcher said.

A retired neurosurgeon whose headline-making surgeries made him an African American icon in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Carson’s personal biography remains his primary asset in the campaign. Many in the black community have praised his rise from poverty to become an Ivy-League educated doctor. At a Carson book-signing in Florida last month, Donnie Flowers, an African American surgical technician, arrived in surgical gear after completing his shift at a nearby Tampa hospital to see the pediatric surgeon he had always held up as a role model. Wearing scrubs decorated with Cat in the Hat characters because “today we did a lot of toddler operations and I wanted to make them smile,” Flowers seemed noncommittal about Carson’s new career.

“One hundred years from now, they’ll talk about Ben Carson as a great surgeon-regardless of what happens with his political ambitions,” he said.

Belcher praised Carson’s story as “the quintessential American dream.”

“But all of that was pre-politics. And he’s now attacking one of the most beloved figures in the African American community: Barack Obama,” Belcher added. “Of course that’s going to influence people’s opinions.”

In 2013 address to the National Prayer Breakfast, Carson gained national attention when he delivered a blistering critique of Obama’s policies before an audience that included the president. Since then, Carson has taken some positions likely to be controversial with the black voters he’s trying to court. At a time when some black leaders have aggressively criticized the police force following race riots in cities like Ferguson and Baltimore, Carson has taken an opposite tack. He visited Ferguson in September and defended police officers, while calling on the Black Lives Matter movement to include discussions on ending abortion and lowering the rate of black homicide. He also has acknowledged bias but insists African Americans can work their ways around it.

“I’m not saying that it’s not difficult. I’m not saying that you may not have a higher hurdle to jump,” he said in South Carolina over the weekend. “But we need to start working on jumping over it-that’s what I’m saying.”

On the campaign trail, Carson casts himself as a president who would heal racial tensions and argues that the media and the Obama administration have fueled division.

“All of those people who are trying to divide us? They are becoming very good at it,” Carson told supporters in Mobile, Alabama, last week. “Where did that come from? I can tell you where it did not come from. It did not come from our Judeo- Christian values.”

At a forum for social conservatives in Des Moines on Friday, Carson acknowledged that he has been a victim of racial prejudice but won warm laughter and applause by recalling advice his mother gave him as a child. “My mother said, ‘Benjamin, you walk into an auditorium full of racist, bigoted people? You don’t have a problem. They have a problem,’” Carson said. The bigots, Carson said his mother told him, would be fretting about whether he’d sit next to them while “you can sit anywhere you want.”

On policy, Carson argues his economic plan would significantly help urban communities to lower the 9.2 black unemployment rate (the overall rate stands at 5 percent nationally). He wants to significantly lower tax rates in urban areas to encourage business investment, a plan first championed by Jack Kemp, who served as a housing secretary in the George H. W. Bush administration.

“You look at the economic conditions in the black community-why is it moving in the wrong direction?” Carson told reporters in Columbia. “I want to establish a dialogue with them so we can start talking about how we do we actually create those ladders of opportunity that bring people out of the state of dependency.”

Carson can deliver a message to black voters that most Republican candidates can’t, Williams argues. “He relates to that community more than any other candidate in the field. His story is their story,” Williams said. “Most African Americans look at the Republican brand of politics right now and feel it’s not for them,” Williams said.

In order to win 13 percent of the black vote, Carson will have to win over voters like Tim Green, a 31-year-old African American who attended a Carson rally last week in Mobile. Green said he voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012 but now is undecided. He said he grew up learning about Carson’s success as a doctor and was curious to see him in person.

“After Obama got elected, there’s not a lot of buzz or energy to elect another black president so I’m not sure how much he can tap into that energy,” said Green, an employee at the University of South Alabama. “But I’m really interested to see what Dr. Carson has to say on the economy. The economy really hasn’t recovered all that much, especially for young people.”

Nov 24

Kevin Federline Slams Beyoncé’s Face

The Beyhive ain’t having it.

Nov 23

Lil Boosie Calls Out the Industry meant for Pushing Gay Agenda

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Lil Boosie popped off on the entertainment industry today, with an Instagram blog post about the gay agenda that’s getting shoved down our throats. Boosie says since he’s been house from prison, all he sees is homosexuals stuff all over the damn place, and he’s sick of this “gay shit”!

He or she initially made the post previously in the day, but the gay mafia was out in full force so he decided to delete it. They have since reposted his message meaning he’s not about to back down from the powers that be!

Do you agree with him?

Nov 22

Bill Carson tells black leaders he’s seen no racial bias by US police – NOLA. possuindo

COLUMBIA, Ersus. C. ” Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson told a group of African-American civic leaders on Saturday that he is still waiting to see evidence of ethnic bias by law enforcement agencies in the U. S.

The only real major White House hopeful who is black, Carson also mused during a criminal justice forum that he by no means had problems with police as a youthful black male in Detroit “because I was taught by my pregnant mother very respectful of authority. ”

Carson later demurred when pressed on whether can offer examples of “institutional racism” in the united states. “It probably exists somewhere, ” he said. “If it is available, expose it…. That’s your best protection. ”

The forum, also attended by Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, was sponsored by the 20/20 Club , a bipartisan group of African-American civic, business and political leaders formed as an alternative to the Black Lives Matter movement. Organizers say their purpose is to push candidates on their ideas for handling a criminal justice system that disproportionately imprisons minorities and the poor.

Carson, who is on or near the top of various GOP presidential preference polls, produced his remarks in response to questions about high-profile cases of alleged law enforcement misconduct, including several where African-Americans were either killed by police or died in custody.

The retired neurosurgeon told moderator Jeffrey Johnson of the Dark Entertainment Television network, “I’m unaware of a lot of cases where a police officer just comes up to somebody like you and says, ‘Hey, I can’t stand you. I’m going to shoot you. inch

Carson continued, “I’m still waiting for the evidence. ”

Johnson retorted, “I’ll show you the Tamir Rice tape. inch He drew applause from the discussion board audience with the reference to the 12-year-old Ohio boy who was shown on video being chance and killed last year by a Cleveland police officer . The case is likely to go a grand jury in the arriving weeks.

Carson later explained that he thinks a “rogue policeman” should be “punished to the fullest extent of the legislation. ” But he said transforming public policy “based on poor apples… will always lead you directly into an area of unnecessary conflict. inch

Here is video clip from Saturday’s forum. Carson’s responses on police occur at about the 21-minute mark.

Unlike Carson, Sanders and O’Malley ” each of whom have had run-ins along with protesters from Black Lives Matter ” emphasized their disgust with the deaths of black citizens as a result of police officers.

O’Malley mentioned the worst aspects of the U. S. criminal justice system remnants itself back to slavery. Sanders said overhauling police practices should be the initial step in criminal justice reform that he framed as “the civil legal rights issue of the 21st century. ”

Sanders called for federal help to help local law enforcement agencies with better training programs, while furthermore “demilitarizing” police forces and withholding federal money from agencies that don’t comply with new standards.

Each of the three candidates supported “community policing, ” a concept that calls for assigning officers to specific communities or neighborhoods so they can set up trust with residents. Each declined mandatory minimum sentences, laws that require judges to hand down specific content for certain charges.

They also called for restoring voting rights in order to felons who have completed their phrases, a position that separates Carson through some of his GOP rivals.

Carson also joined his Democratic counterparts in endorsing demands treating more drug offenders meant for addiction, rather than incarcerating them. But Sanders went further, repeating his call to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.

The particular trio agreed generally that poverty and a lack of educational opportunity are usually among the root causes of drug use and crime.

Yet Carson and Sanders, in particular, diverged widely in how to change course. Carson argued for encouraging more private sector investment in the economy through tax incentives, while Sanders pitched a number of his familiar proposals, such as producing public colleges tuition-free.

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