So, the BET Awards were decent. There, I admitted it. I never thought I would be in a position to place BET and decent in the same sentence again in this lifetime, but it’s happened and I’m thankful. A cable network titled “Black Entertainment Television” should spawn a well-produced something at some point. It is impossible to ignore the star power that BET was able to convene for their annual awards disaster extravaganza; even Spike Lee, who’s notorious for not attending awards shows, was in the audience (though his “duet” with Samuel L. Jackson is something I’d rather forget). The “throne” trio plus one awkward addition actually attended the ceremony to receive their awards and the performance line-up was versatile. We were all in awe at BET’s ability to produce Cissy Houston, Gary Houston, and Chaka Khan for a tear-jerking tribute to their beloved Whitney. So, BET has finally scored a few brownie points with black audiences. Bravo!
However, before Stephen G. Hill starts to commend himself and declare that BET is “back,” let’s be clear: One performance does not redeem the network. Here are five reasons why.