July 26, 2006 |
"BET Uncut," the compilation of racy videos that drew protests while it kept some rap fans awake late at night, has been cut. "BET Uncut" aired in the wee morning hours Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, showing videos considered too risque to show at other times. But it upset some viewers who said many of them were degrading to women. The clips regularly showed obscured nudity and women gyrating wildly with sexual overtones.
June 26, 2006 |
Remember Kanye West's infamous line about President Bush and black people? Damon Wayans has a similar take on another constituency. "Black people don't care about the Grammys," the comic and actor said. "Not at all. We really don't watch the Grammys." Uh, seriously? "Yes, I am serious. For us, we don't really care if Garth Brooks or whoever wins for cowboy of the year and all that. The show is boring."
February 14, 2006 |
Robert Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television, said his investment company agreed to pay $1.7 billion to buy 100 hotels from White Lodging Services Corp. The hotels are mostly under the Marriott name and situated in Indiana, Texas and Illinois, Johnson's Bethesda, Md., company, RLJ Development, said. Under the agreement, White Lodging would continue to manage the hotels, which would operate under their current brand names. Merrillville, Ind.
February 5, 2006 |
WHEN executives from the WB started thinking about a new student drama that would mirror the lives of their 12- to 34-year-old audience, they bypassed the traditional standby, high school. So did the creators of Oxygen's new comedy "Campus Ladies," who sought a setting for adults who dream of recapturing their youth.
January 8, 2006 |
REGINALD HUDLIN had a golden year in 2005 before he decided to throw it away. The veteran filmmaker was serving as an executive producer for the new Chris Rock comedy "Everybody Hates Chris," after having directed the pilot episode of the heralded UPN series. "The Boondocks," the animated version of the incendiary comic strip that he helped develop for television, had made the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim slate. "Chris" and "Boondocks" were among the most buzzed-about shows of the fall.
July 31, 2005 |
Day After day, Black Entertainment Television panders to its audience with a mix of crude music videos, cheesy infomercials, UPN repeats and few original shows. The network's rot was brought into sharp relief by the astonishing success of last month's "BET Awards '05," the highest-rated program in the network's history. BET has never met the hopes or expectations of others. It was never a significant buyer of black entertainers' work and didn't carry socially relevant programming.
June 28, 2004 |
Tuesday's BET Awards will be more than just a musical summit meeting between the worlds of R&B and hip-hop. The ceremony will mark the return of Janet Jackson to live TV. Jackson, who helped launch a nationwide debate on indecency when her breast was exposed for a moment during the Super Bowl halftime show in January, is one of the featured performers for the cable channel's awards telecast, which will be broadcast live to the East Coast from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
October 27, 2003 |
Aretha Franklin was thrilled at being honored with a TV tribute on BET. But she didn't want any surprises. The legendary "Queen of Soul" wanted to know exactly who was performing and what they were singing during the taping of her induction into BET's Walk of Fame. The star-studded ceremony, which took place Oct. 18 at BET's Washington, D.C., studios, will be televised Tuesday at 9 p.m. on the cable network.
February 21, 2003 |
Robert L. Johnson is hobbling these days, recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered in a Bahamas boating accident over the Christmas holidays. Many who know him are amused that the man who has ruled his business empire with a kind of raw competitive zeal is showing such unaccustomed weakness.
December 19, 2002 |
Business know-how, a passion for basketball and a commitment to Charlotte. Robert Johnson had exactly what the NBA wanted, and now the billionaire is on his way to becoming the first black majority owner in major pro sports. The league officially announced Wednesday that Johnson was its choice to buy the NBA's newest expansion team, selecting him over a group that included Larry Bird. "You can't be competitive anywhere in this world if you ignore good, quality talent," Johnson said.