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I think TVONe (http://tvone.tv/index.php) is what BET should have been. Robert Johnson, BET’s founder, said that he didn’t create BET to be socially responsible. He created a business, and a business’s objective is to be profitable, so if offensive rap videos is what was pulling in ratings then that’s what he aired.
Read & Watch him here: http://hotair.com/archives/2011/10/03/bet-founder-enough-with-class-warfare-demagoguery/ “I didn’t go into business to create a public policy success for either party, Republican or Democrat. I went into business to create jobs, to create opportunity, to create value for myself and my investors.”
also this link http://www.thegrio.com/entertainment/bets-30-years-of-missed-opportunities.php
It was all about the money, plain and simple. My point is that it encourages an us-vs-them duality on a whole new level.
Thank you for stopping in, TDP, and for taking the time to comment.
My pleasure Peter!
Bob Johnson has now created a site called “OppsPlace, which is designed to address the systemic unemployment and racial wealth gap impacting minorities. OppsPlace.com is a Web site in the Monster.com genre that aggregates minority professionals for jobs and business opportunities with major Fortune 500 corporations and other entities seeking to connect with minority professionals and minority-owned business enterprises.” Hmmm do the ends justify the means? Jay-Z said in one of his rap songs that he can’t help the poor if he’s one of them so he gets rich first and gives back and to him that’s the win/win. Look at Barack Obama. He’s always been a champion of the poor etc but he doesn’t have the money Johnson or Jay-Z has and he can only do so much as President. Money talks in this country and I think people like Oprah and other celebs have more power than the President to get certain things done for blacks.
I agree that those with the money have a lot of power (buying power and influence), but few live up to the responsibility. Beyond that, everyone else has to remember that they have power as well, money or not. We must all keep in mind that it’s not a black issue, not a hispanic issue, not a women’s issue, not an employment issue nor a financial issue. These are all HUMAN issues, plain and simple. We need to stop treating the symptoms and start working to cure the root causes. We need to work toward equality for all if we ever want to see and end to wars.
To do this I would write a letter to Oprah, Bill Gates or Warren Buffett, before writing to a Congressman or the President, but I know the real power is in the people. If you can get some of the fat cats to join you in getting the word out, great, but until then I’m going to continue doing my part to wake up the masses from right here.
Love, peace and wisdom. 🙂
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