Black People : BET's Debra Lee: Network Has Improved Image

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  1. Amnat77

    Amnat77 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Black America Web is reporting that BET CEO Debra Lee says her cable channel has righted the ship in terms of its programming, and she hopes her recent decisions will at least quiet critics. BET has been heavily critiqued by audiences, critics, churches and academics for its nihilistic portrayal of black culture in general, and negative images of black women specifically, over the last three decades. Much of that criticism was aimed at BET's music video programming.

    In an effort to "right the ship," BET has introduced original programming like "The Game," which BET picked up after the CW canned the popular series and "Let's Stay Together." The network is also more "selective" about the types of music videos it airs, has plans for more documentaries and is considering a drama.

    Even though it will take decades to undo the damage that BET has done in terms of nihilistic images of black people, it is good that the network is consciously making decisions about its programming. It's too bad they didn't do that from the beginning. Who knows what BET might have become?

    http://www.theroot.com/buzz/bets-debra-lee-network-has-improved-image
     
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    :qqb009: BET? BET? nobody looks at BET........
     
  3. Amnat77

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    shrugs.. i don't.... i find it funny after the damage has been done they all of a sudden want to revamp their image, mission accomplished i guess.
     
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    I'll believe it when I see.

    Whomever's writing the check(s) for bet, will
    determine how "clean" it get.
     
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    peace


    They still play movies like:


    Boyz in da hood
    juice
    Soul Plane
    New Jack City
    Menance II Society



    ..and others like them that only portray us as bafoons, or drug dealers and constantly disrespecting our women on a daily basis, so how much 'better' has it really gotten mrs. Lee?

    Where's the educational programs?

    where's the uplifting programs for children?

    That show, 'the game' is on for hours at a time some days and i think it's only a half hour show. I know people that watch it and talk about it all the time, but it sounds like a black soap opera to me. Black athletes that go around messing with different girls and sometimes each others girl. Don't sound to exciting, or inspiring but it is drama which we love... So if mrs. Lee considers that improvement she must be soley talking about the RATINGS! She can not be talking about the effect it has on our people who watch B.E.T.

    She's the C.E.O., so her number 1 priority is not the image of our people, it's the image of the station.
     
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    The Game sucks....that is all.
     
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    I know, it was way better on the CW.

    I'd watch BET if they showed documentaries besides American Gangster.
     
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    Proverbs31Woman Be kinder than necessary! MEMBER

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    Make a difference with your remote

    My take on it is that the market drives the programming..so if we as a people really are passionate about how we're depicted on TV..our views would be more relevant should the ratings go down..we need to collectively STOP watchin the offensive and demeaning shows..but I don't see that happening, oh well.:10500:
     
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    I've been so disgusted by BET for so long that I don't think that I can try and give it another chance. I always say that TV One is the true BET.
     
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    So long as 'other' demographics are tuned in,
    bet will keep it movin'.
     
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