Steve Harvey has been a boxer, an insurance salesman, a carpet cleaner, and a mailman. There are many reasons to appreciate the rise and rise of this man. Not just for his Comedy Career which started the ball rolling, but for his books, his philanthropy, his relevance on radio and TV and his business endeavours.
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Twitter has become more powerful than the inventors imagined. It has created new stars and given a voice to the everyday man or woman in the street. It has also caused people to lose jobs, lose endorsements, and brought down Governments. According to a 2013 report, 26 percent of African Americans who use the Internet use Twitter, compared to 14 percent of online white, non-Hispanic Americans. In addition, 11 percent of African-American Twitter users say they use Twitter at least once a day, compared to 3 percent of white users. Of course, these figures could have doubled by now in 2015, but one this is for sure, there is powerful movement online formed of mostly black people who use Twitter.
I am a fan of “Being Mary Jane” As an adult I appreciate programmes which speak to real life, and feature what I am starved of, Black professional glamour on my TV. Other popular shows on BET are the Wendy Williams Show, The Real Husbands of Hollywood, Bobby Jones Gospel Show, Black Girls Rock, and The Game, and The Reel and of course the many AWARDs shows. There are also exclusive documentaries and interviews with entertainers such as Le twins and The Message. Yes, BET, give us more of the above, BUT… we want more. And well done to Garbielle Union.
I have very high hopes for BET. Yesterday (4 Feb 2015), I saw a clip from an interview with Debra Lee, CEO of BET. She said the channel was now trying to get a balance between education, information and entertainment. She is doing a sterling job.
A wide range of people have protested in the past about elements of BET’s programming and actions. As a result, BET heavily censors suggestive content from the videos that it airs, often with entire verses and scenes removed from certain rap videos. So that is sorted. But I want more. This is what I want.
BET is a Black Business Success Story we should all be proud of. Even though it is now sold, it has blazed a trail. To many businesses have started and do not now exist. After 35 years, BET is still here.
So how did Black Entertainment Television (BET) start? 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 a $500,000 investment from media executive John Maloneto start the network. The network, which was named Black Entertainment Television, launched on January 25, 1980. 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
BET CEO and Chairman Debra L. Lee recently sat down with Forbes magazine and shared her thoughts on being a female CEO, her unlikely road to running a media company, and her responsibility to promote positive images of African-Americans.
Giving insight into the programming philosophy of the company, Lee responded to the public criticism and backlash she has received in the past about of BET’s depiction of African-Americans.
About 4 years ago, Dr. Boyce Watkins called Lil’ Wayne is “An Enemy of the Black Community”
Dr. Boyce Watkins, a Syracuse University professor and writer, has had enough of Lil’ Wayne. On his Your Black World blog, he takes the New Orleans rapper to task after discovering him to be “an enemy of the Black community” after hearing the track “We Be Steady Mobbin“:
Dee1 was a middle school teacher, when he wrote the song. Jay, 50 & Weezy which is like a direct message to Jay Z, 50 cent and Lil Wayne. He noticed that students looked up to hip hop artists, and he felt rappers seemed unaware of the power they had. He wanted to talk directly to the source to inform them of the impact they had, or could have. After two years of teaching, he resigned before the 2010-2011 school year to focus on his music as a career. He could reach and influence far more people than being in a classroom.
With a name which is hard to forget Malachi Talabi broke new ground when he won the UK and Ireland Toastmasters International public speaking Competition. He then represented UK, and came third in the World competition.*
The Second Victim of Ferguson. The Death of Business and Jobs
By John Hope Bryant, is the Bestselling Author at “How The Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class”
Nov 25 2014
Ferguson, Mo. is dying, but quite possibly not for the reasons you might believe. Before I speak to the second death in Ferguson, let me acknowledge the first. Michael Brown and the criminal justice system both lost last night in Ferguson, Mo. There will be no public laying out of the facts before a jury of one’s own peers there. As a result, there will be no easy path to healing for those who feel the system does not work for them. This has to be said, and acknowledged.