BET Co-Founder Shelia Johnson on The Network: ‘We’re Losing Our Voice’

BET co-founder Shelia Johnson voiced her dismay for the No. 1 African-American cable network recently insisting, “I think we squandered a really important cable network, when it really could have been the voice of Black America. We’re losing our voice as a race as a result.”
The cable network reaches beyond African-American households especially with it’s special awards shows, BET Hip Hop Awards and BET Awards, which has an immediate impact on today’s pop culture.
“I’m really worried about what our young people are watching. There are so many young people who are using the television as a babysitter. We have parents who are not being parents and not monitoring what their children are watching,” Johnson said in a speech at Carmel Art and Film Festival.

During the recent BET Hip Hop awards taping, several violent altercations erupted including the camps of rappers 50 Cent, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross.

Johnson serves on boards at various organizations including VH1’s Save the Music Foundation, Americans for the Arts, the Curry School of Education Foundation at the University of Virginia, and the University of Illinois Foundation; organizations that promote education.


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