In an opening rant on his BET Black Coffee program Wednesday, host Marc Lamont Hill ranted and raved about the exploitation of athletes who are treated like slaves. Earlier this week, the NBA indicated a shift away from the term "owner" because of imagined racial overtones, and Hill came unglued by the reaction to that by white people.
The 2019 BET Awards were held on Sunday night, hosted by actress Regina Hall. Although Hall made a big deal hailing from D.C., the awards were mostly non-politically, with a few exceptions. One marginal example came when "The Central Park Five," redubbed "The Exonerated Five" after renewed attention brought by the Netflix Series When They See Us, got a standing ovation as they introduced a performance by H.E.R. of her politically-tinged song "Lord Is Coming."
Rapper Black Thought has unveiled a new music video, titled “Rest in Power,” that goes hand in hand with an upcoming BET and Paramount documentary of the same name. Both intend to shed light on the tragedy of Trayvon Martin, the kicker being that the productions are sympathetic to him as an innocent victim, and provide a lionizing image of the Black Lives Matter movement.
It was all about social justice during the 2018 BET Awards on June 24, hosted by Jamie Foxx.
To offer a corporate tribute to a national school walkout for gun-control measures, Viacom -- which owns several major cable networks -- "will suspend regularly scheduled programming for 17 minutes" at 10 am on Wednesday. Liberal student activists will take over MTV's Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat accounts. MTV, VH1, Logo, Comedy Central will have orange (the color of gun violence prevention) logos until the "March for Our Lives" on March 24.
The media’s constant fawning over the “intersectionality” of the Women’s March feels like it will never end.
Neither will the consistent evasion of the fact that one of the founders, Linda Sarsour, sabotaged her claim to feminism through her defense of sharia law. At the BET Social Awards on February 11, CNN’s Symone Sanders presented the founders of the Women’s March with the Social Movement Award. Their acceptance speech, masked by supposed “unity,” highlighted the exclusionary tendencies of intersectional feminism.
How did the NFL kneeling protests become the hip, edgy thing to do in entertainment?
It seems to be the way most award show hosts want to kick things off, just to keep things stale and old. At the Soul Train Awards, on November 26, host Erykah Badu decided to ignore the usual musical intro number and instead simply took a knee on the stage, “for Kaep,” she told the audience.
BET’s Tales is described as a scripted anthology series of "song stories," that uses hip-hop song lyrics to create mini movies. The October 24 episode titled “99 Problems” is based on the lyrics of a Jay-Z song and boy does it have problems!
On Friday's CNN Tonight, during a discussion of President Donald Trump speaking out against Colin Kaepernick and other athletes who have kneeled instead of standing for the national anthem, far-left CNN political commentator Marc Lamont Hill admitted that he also does not stand for the anthem. Hill: "I come on here every week and talk about white supremacy -- I say Donald Trump is a white supremacist -- I don't stand for the national anthem -- and CNN still employs me."
Airing on June 25, the 2017 BET Awards were hosted by comedienne Leslie Jones and mostly featured live musical performances. Otherwise, the focus of the awards was a message of encouraging Black Lives Matter social justice warriors, although, without the long preachy political sermons delivered in many other awards shows. References to people killed in police-involved shootings - including the acquittal last week of the officer who shot Philando Castile - were present throughout.
DJ Khaled hosted the BET Hip Hop Awards, which were recorded September 17, 2016, and aired on that network Tuesday night. He remarked the show would be about “real lyricists, talking about real issues.” As you might guess, the real issues were all about the election and Black Lives Matter narrative.
On Friday night, BET and MTV convened an hour-long, commercial-free townhall on police-involved shootings of African-Americans with only distant mentions of what transpired the night before in Dallas but focused heavily on denigrating law enforcement as hunters and “a gang” meant to terrorize blacks from America’s founding, the need for white people to recognize privilege, and lobby for the defunding of police nationwide.