I have decided to put myself on the forefront in hopes to bring about a much-needed change in the direction of Black Entertainment Television (BET). For quit some time BET- Viacom has been misleading the masses astray by promoting the “Nigger mentality” through their programs and lack there of. This decision is a rather bold one but I must do what I feel is best not only for my generation but the generations under me and over me as well. It seems as if many of us are thinking and feeling the same way about BET’s coonery and promotion of ignorance within the African American communities but, no one has been man enough to take this challenge head on until today.

History of BET

BET was launched on January 25, 1980, by its founder, Robert L. Johnson with its target audience being young African Americans. Initially, the network lineup consisted of music videos, original programs and reruns of popular black sitcoms. BET was mostly controlled by Johnson, who held 90% of the company, while John Malone held the remaining 10%. BET launched a news program, BET News, in 1988, with Ed Gordon as the anchor. Gordon would later host other programs and specials on BET, such as Black Men Speak Out: The Aftermath, related to the 1992 Los Angeles riots and a recurring interview show Conversations with Ed Gordon. In 1996, the talk show BET Tonight debuted with Tavis Smiley as host; in 2001, Ed Gordon replaced Tavis Smiley. In 2002, as part of a reorganization focusing on entertainment productions, BET cut its news staff and canceled BET Tonight along with other public affairs shows hosted by Gordon, Lead Story and Teen Summit. From 2001 to 2005, BET had a daily evening news program BET Nightly News, hosted by Michelle Miller and Jacque Reid.

In 2003, the network was no longer a black owned business when it was bought by media conglomerate Viacom for $3 billion. In 2005, Johnson retired from the network, turning over his titles as President and Chief Executive Officer to Debra L. Lee, a former Vice President. In 2007, the network reached more than 65 million homes and expanded into other BET-related networks. Since then the foolery increased and the enlightenment has decreased. Its seem as if the current owners do not know what to do with the “urbanite” station but, promote nigertry. Time to take things back into our own hands and make it right again.

Others Speak Out

In a recent interview, BET co-founder Sheila Johnson said 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. We had news… 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.

In April 2008 report titled The Rap on Rap by the Parents Television Council that claimed that , BET rap programming, which they believed “Contained gratuitous sexual, violent, and profane content, was targeting children and teens”. Furthermore, scholars within the African-American community maintain that, “BET perpetuates and justifies racism by affecting the interpersonal beliefs others may generalize about African Americans, and also by affecting the psyche of its young viewers through its bombardment of negative images of African Americans”

Notable African Americans have articulated their feelings when it come to the network such as : Public Enemy rapper Chuck D, journalist George Curry,writer Keith Boykin, comic book creators Christopher Priest, filmmakers Spike Lee,professor of finance and a social commentator Dr. Boyce Watkins and much more!

Strength in Numbers

If we have not learned anything from our ancestors we should remember that there is strength in numbers. If Viacom and BET owners are unwilling to provide viewers with intellectually stimulating programs then we should simply turn the tell-lie-visions off! I understand there will be those who protest this change because you have fallen victims to the machine. It is never to late to pick your selves back up.

It is not my intent to attack BET-Viacom but simply awaken their senses and let them know that it is in fact time to uphold their motto, “Home of the Revolution”. What better way to diminish suppression by promoting a positive change in what you are delivering to viewers!!!!!! Beside I know you are tired of seeing Baby Boy, Car Wash!

Please Sign this petition and help be apart of this Revolution. I am seeking to Retrieve 1 Million signatures out of 64 million viewers. You can sign by leaving a comment. Please Spread the Word; This could really make a difference. I leave you with a empowering speech by brother Malcolm X entitled “You Are Afraid To Bleed”

Progress not Digress

48 Responses to “Protest BET-VIACOM”
  1. Lisa says:

    I did not realize it until now but I quit watching it years ago due to lack of interest. Thank you for putting this out there.

  2. Sis Nyabinghi Muhumusa Sekhmet says:

    Black power that’s right stop the kkkooning history is repeating itself right in front of our faces

  3. Kerellane says:

    watch satellite tv on pc
    great blog , how are you doing now eeh?

  4. Travis Rankin says:

    Let’s do it! Revolution

  5. Emery Heyward says:

    Emery C Heyward

  6. Meca says:

    stopped watching ages ago.

  7. Ashaley Jacobson says:

    Ashaley Jacobson

  8. Dominique Davis aka Suki says:

    Stopped watchin the nonsense a long time ago, actually when Teen Summit stopped coming on. I loved the show! The quickest way to tear us down as a people is to strip us of our history that we become a page in a history book, and deny us dignity by mocking us on Television…good luck on this effort to get our people to WAKE up n become a conscious people!

    • U moved me dom! Thanx for the support and everyone else as well who is deciding to make a change by standing up. No matter if we reach a million I am still going to write the ceo of viacom bet and attach your comments and concerns. God bless you all and please continue to help spread the word. I can’t do this by myself.


  9. Earic Bonner says:

    Celebration Of Gospel is pretty much the only thing BET still does right and consequently its the only program I’ll watch. I miss the days of Teen Summit, AJ and Free, Midnight Love, and Tigger in the booth. They need to go back to their roots and remember to celebrate Black culture instead of demoralizing it.

  10. Kalan V. Robinson says:

    BET has definitely disgusted me when it comes to the music selection. As a gospel rapper I would like to see more real messages instead of the negative images of our people. WE ARE MORE THAN WHAT IS BEING PORTRAYED. Stop selling us out for money. Please!

  11. Chelle L says:

    I think BET can become better by uplifting our youth with educational and motivation programs and movies.Playing some of the movies that they play on Fridays gives people the outlook of “this is all you have to look forward to”. Let’s change and uplift our people as a whole by playing positive movies and programs.

  12. iLive.4.Symphoniesz/facebook says:

    Chasity Wade

  13. edricka davis says:

    It would be great to see our media outlet promote the Black Family,Praise Education, and show love for one another.

  14. Chanelle Belton says:

    I completely support this movement! I’m so happy we are trying to make a difference

  15. Tiff says:

    This article is truth. In my opinion BET misrepresents the black community. I personally choose not to watch it.

  16. thelovelymissj says:

    Amber Johnson

  17. John Hill says:

    john hill

  18. David Whitehurst says:

    David Whitehurst

  19. David Whitehurst says:

    I haven’t watched BET since 2005, easily.

  20. Tommie Patterson says:

    Tommie Patterson

  21. Josh says:

    Josh Morgan

  22. Isaiah Trotter-Brooks says:

    Isaiah Trotter-Brooks



  24. Lauren says:

    Lauren Parker

  25. Jerz says:

    No complaints here. I just remembered, I use to watch BET, and it use to be, an informative machine, for a lot, of our, youth. Now it, is the staion I, regularly skip over, because, its full of as much propaganda, as Fox! It’s a shame, it seems, now, we, have to sensor our, children from, Black Enertainment Television.

  26. Brandyn says:


  27. Ray says:

    its a shame

  28. Katia Wongus says:

    Indeed! I stopped watching years ago! It is a shame! I remember a couple of ‘bad boys’ from my area who were more interested in getting themselves together to perform on ‘Teen Summit’ (in which they did) than going to school. Not a good look, no, but it kept them focussed and out of trouble for a while at least!

    Katia Wongus

  29. Jeannie Tran says:

    Jeannie Tran

  30. Amber Chapman says:

    Amber Chapman

  31. Kathleen Jeune says:

    Kathleen Jeune

  32. Marvin Gilliam says:

    Marvin Gilliam

  33. Rafael Monroe says:

    BET is definitely out-of-control with all its programming, the only program I’d look at is 106andPark (I can’t even watch the whole program).

  34. Gil Jackson says:

    Gil Jackson

  35. Lamartz Brown says:

    Lamartz Brown

  36. Jeriel Champion says:

    Jeriel Champion

  37. Aaron says:

    Aaron Moore

  38. Megan says:

    Megan Mincey

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    Tanisha Battle

  40. Michael says:

    Michael Moore

  41. Taylor says:

    Taylor Madison

  42. Michelle says:

    Michelle Green

  43. Robert says:

    Robert Daniels

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