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 itâ€™s happened and Iâ€™m thankful. A cable network titled â€œBlack Entertainment Televisionâ€ 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, whoâ€™s notorious for not attending awards shows, was in the audience (though his â€œduetâ€ with Samuel L. Jackson is something Iâ€™d rather forget). The â€œthroneâ€ 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 BETâ€™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 â€œback,â€ letâ€™s be clear: One performance does not redeem the network. Here are five reasons why.