BET is the Black Entertainment Network that most black people in the USA watch on TV. It has grown in popularity and has been the source for good entertainment as well as controversial shows which have been criticized for their racist perpetuating language.
The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports and other fields of entertainment over the past year. The awards are presented annually and broadcast live on BET. BET commissioned Artist/Sculptor and Hip-Hop culture icon Carlos “Mare139” Rodriguez to design the Award sculpture.
Here is a list of some of the most popular shows on BET:
Bobby Jones Gospel, BET Inspiration, Lift Every Voice, ComicView, Keyshia Cole: All In , It’s a Mann’s World, Nellyville , Sunday Best, The Xperiment , Being Mary Jane , The Game, Real Husbands of Hollywood , BET Awards, BET Hip Hop Awards, BET Honors, Black Girls Rock!, Celebration of Gospel, Notarized, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Real, Scandal, The Steve Harvey Show, The Wendy Williams Show.
Did you know that in a 2010 interview, BET co-founder Sheila Johnson said that she herself 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. I had a show called Teen Summit, we had a large variety of programming, but the problem is that then the video revolution started up… And then something started happening, and I didn’t like it at all. And I remember during those days we would sit up and watch these videos and decide which ones were going on and which ones were not. We got a lot of backlash from recording artists…and we had to start showing them. I didn’t like the way women were being portrayed in these videos.”
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