Monday, July 16, 2007

BET that

Jones, truth be told, there is a lot of merit in the adage “we are our own worse enemy.” Lets look at us and avarice and limited if any control in forms of economic production – that is when we do. All of the radio stations in the US that represent the culture of hip-hop in some form or fashion are owned by people outside of the culture. They mainly wear pin-stripped suits and have straight hair with some form of abberant color.

Taking that a step farther, the same can be stated for the music and movie industries, in particular those with any for of mass cable presence. When we do have similar economic presences and power, what do we do, when emasculate ourselves in love of the dollar. BET to me has a tremendous opportunity, and opportunity to put in places the laudable exaltations of folks like Marcus Garvey, Martin King and Malcolm X. They have amassed a major proportion of the viewer ship of all interested in looking at African American lifestyles. Yet at the same time, they are not holding up to the same standards we often accuse major white media for doing – degrading and stereotyping African Americans, especially males.

The way I see it, they do just as much damage to perpetuating the fat ass shaking in the background and brothers talking about crime images of our women and men as Clear Channel does. Is it realy that hard, as a human being, as a man, as a man representing the gate and best interest in our community to say “no we won’t do that!” It must be since BET and others are assisting in the commodization of African American Men. Seems, if you are not a thug, drug dealer, pimp, or criminal, you can’t be accepted as a real Black man. Damn, bet that.

11 comments:

poison said...

How can we, (those of us who want to change how our race is viewed or judged) make a difference? As long as we, (blacks) are mentally and spiritually asleep-our plight will only worsen...What alarm is needed to awaken us to self?

Anonymous said...

The mighty dollar wins again. BET is a business. The network isn't going to change it's programming to anything that will shun viewers. Unfortunately, it's the thug-life, booty-shaking images that have viewers glued to their screens. Like almost anything else it's supply and demand. If we want BET to stop playing that crap, we have to stop watching it. How are we to expect BET to suddenly gain moral responsibility and decrease their profits, when we can't do the same though it doesn't affect our pockets either way? Best thing we can do is change the channel.

JJJ

CapCity said...

I say that EACH of us Does make a difference - I CHOOSE NOT to watch, nor pay for cable. will they go bankrupt because of "li'l" ol' me? maybe not...but neither will I be emotionally, mentally nor psychologically bankrupt because of THEM.

Take the controls where U can!

Ri said...

Tough subject. Just passin thru RDB.

jd anderson said...

You couldn't be more correct. Sometime's we are our own worst enemy. Instead of airing so many music video's we should have documentaries on blacks who have made a differnce. Plenty of African Americans have made contributions to the us and our children have never heard of them.

There are more besides, Martin, Jessie, and Malcolm the need to be brought to the forefront and we have a perfect opportunity now to do so.

Money talks, maybe we should boycott until some changes are made. We have to start somewhere

Jazz said...

I totally agree with you on this. I like the way you put it-to the point and simple. The cause of this is unstoppable though. This is another (sign of the time) Everything is about partying(having a good time in whatever culture your in) Sadly black culture seems to be a bit more degrading to itself. Allot of what I see happening I see in our roots. The fact that we were oppressed and taken through so much even to this day makes it hard for our young men to say "no". It makes it about the dollar. It seems to be the only way out for most of them, but to me it's just a form of slavery. Yeah you get a check, but what do you do with it...ice, name brand and wheels?! Yeah you get the check, but at what cost? The respect for ourselves as decent people, our youth and the endangerment of our lives?! The entertainment industry is quick and easy to get into. But in order to remain in the game you have to keep up the $$$$...at a cost? All the while the pin stripped suite sits back and watches, earns, laughs, wins, and lives off of it i bet.

www.cadiz-3d.com said...

It cannot succeed in actual fact, that is exactly what I think.

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