A lot of anticipation has been building for T. J. Holmes’ new show on BET – partially due to the former CNN anchor’s reporting style, mostly due to his good looks. “Don’t Sleep!,” T.J.’s new late-night show, won’t make its debut until October 1, but the veteran journalist has given Eurweb a little snippet of what’s to come on the show’s first season, and he says he’s ready to tackle our favorite topic: reality TV.
“Something we can’t deny, something that’s been huge and talked about a lot in black media and, black culture these days are a lot of these reality shows,” he said. “So we will absolutely take on that topic at some point, and you’ll see a Shaunie O’Neal or someone like that on the show.”
Mona Scott Young maybe? She and Shaunie may quite possibly be the most-hated black women in reality TV (aside from the ladies on the shows themselves) and they’ve yet to be asked the hard questions about their representations of black women. That’s not the only topic T.J. wants to discuss though, he also gave Eurweb these details.
“You’ll see members of the White House administration or the Obama administration. You will see big time athletes. You will see actors and actresses, musicians, but people in communities, people who you don’t see enough of on other channels that don’t really have a platform: a black dentist from Atlanta, a black surgeon from Los Angeles. We just want to highlight and show the best that black culture has to offer.”
Amen to that last statement. For so long, BET has been synonymous with the worst of black culture so it’s high-time someone highlighted the best on a regular basis. Though T.J. is quick to point out that the show will not be all black everything all the time, he will be shedding light on issues of importance to us, he said.
“We’re not doing necessarily just black stories, if you will, or just black people, but everyone you will see on this show will certainly have something to offer and something relevant to the black community.”
Do you think T.J. will be able to get some straight answers about ‘Basketball Wives” out of Shaunie?
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