4 Programs BET should add to their lineup
BET gets it’s fair share of criticisms, and most recently, its co-founder Sheila Johnson expressed her own issues with the network, calling it a “squandered opportunity” to be the voice of Black America.
Johnson also stated that the station now “reinforces negative stereotypes of young people, African-Americans in particular.
Her solution? None was offered. But I’m sure it would be to change the programming. Here’s four programs BET could start airing that would keep it at its entertainment core while silencing critics:
Wake-up Workout: A daily early morning 30 minute workout hosted by Jeanette Jenkins. Vieweres can sweat it out to the latest, and most appropriate of course, hits by artists like Rihanna, Beyonce and Usher. On Thursday they’ll throwback the music to black artists who paved the way for today’s superstars like the Jackson 5 and Celia Cruz. A second airing will con on at noon for the late risers and unemployed.
Cuttin’ up Cartoons: Parents in 2012 don’t parent. Even Johnson says these young parents use TV as a babysitter – why not have something meant for the kids? This two hour block will feature family friendly classics that promote better images like C Bear and Jamal or Thea. BET can also hire Mara Brock Akil to create a new show with a diverse team of writers.
Light Work: Eating healthy means being healthy. One of the most common complaints amongst men in their 20s and 30s? Women of this generation don’t cook. This show introduces recipes, suggests healthier variations of African-American favorites and occasionally travels to find the best African-American owned or operated restaurants in the nation.
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl: Why has no one turned this popular web-series into an actual TV show yet? It’s hilarious and over a million viewers seem to think so.
A bad rep is hard to beat. Many critics may initially watch these new shows searching for something that’s wrong, like they do with the BET awards each year. Regardless of the initial response programs like the ones listed above would help steer the network in the direction of a station that meets the founders’ vision with the people’s demands: An entertainment network that addresses current events which impact the African-American community.