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When I was younger my mother used to tell me that if I didn’t have anything nice to say to not say it at all. I didn’t always stick to her words, but over the years I’ve come to understand her advice to an extent. However, in the case of ridiculousness that is Stacy Dash and her Black History Month and BET comments, some things must be said – without calling someone out of their name at the very least.
Many people sounded off on Dash’s comments, but of course those that were heavily spotlighted in the media were those reactions of celebrities. Earlier this week, Gabrielle Union flawlessly shaded Dash by simply asking, “Who is Stacey Dash?” after an Associated Press reporter asked for her opinion on the comments made by the actress.
“Is she like related to Dame Dash? Was she on Roc-A-Fella (Records)? I heard of a crazy once. Maybe last week? But I don’t know what her name is. Yeah, I mean, it’s like why there’s a need for The Birth of A Nation and why there’s a need for the Country Music Awards and the ALMA (American Latino Media Arts Awards) Awards,” she continued.
“If you don’t see yourself reflected in mainstream awards, you tend to create your own,” Union said, adding, “The more that we focus on inclusion and a true representation of this country, I think that crazy lady will have less to say.”
While Union kept the gabs sweet with a hint sass, reading Stacey to filth quite comically, Janet Hubert took a different approach during a recent visit to HuffPost Live.
“Somebody needs to slap the little bit of black she got on her off of her, okay?” Hubert said. “The little bit of black she got on her, off of her, because girlfriend has worked on BET more than most actresses have.”
Hubert went on to explain that she was suspicious of Dash’s intentions. “I think she’s just saying this kind of bull because she wants sensationalism and she’s working for Fox and she needs a job and she’s making a check,” she said. “And she’s bringing controversy to herself. Stacey is a bit of a media ho.”
Although I don’t agree with Hubert calling Stacy a “media ho” per se, I can say that the remainder of her comments were honest. But in the midst of her interview, I found that Hubert’s ho commentary backfired, detracting from any point that she had. Sure, Stacy said something that was hurtful regarding our community and those whose talents are being dimmed, but when is retaliating with a word as such any better?
What are your thoughts?
If #OscarsSoWhite got you pretty ticked off, wait until you discover how mainstream media ain’t all that colorful either.
According to a study released last year by the American Society of News Editors:
“The percentage of minority journalists in daily-newspaper newsrooms remained relatively stable in 2014 at 12.76 percent even as newsroom employment declined by 10.4 percent, according to the annual census released Tuesday by the American Society of News Editors and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University.
This year’s census also found that the percentage of news organizations that reported having at least one woman among their top three editors remains steady at 63 percent. The number of minority leaders has dropped by 3 percentage points, with 12 percent of participating organizations saying at least one of their top three editors is a person of color. This was the second year the questions about women and minorities in leadership were asked.
Overall, the survey found, there are about 32,900 full-time journalists at nearly 1,400 daily newspapers in the United States. That’s a 3,800-person decrease from 36,700 in 2013. Of those 32,900 employees, about 4,200, or 12.76 percent, are racial minorities. That’s a 0.58 percent decrease from last year’s 13.34 percent despite the substantially smaller newsroom employment in 2014.”
And this is not just an issue for old media. An investigation last year by International Business Times writer Brenda James, found many digital newsrooms are just as White and male as traditional media outlets.
Well, why should I care?
Glad you asked.
Well, beyond the clear bias in hiring practices, there is also the issue of representation. Particularly how stories are shaped and framed when there are few Black journalists, editors and producers present to act as watchdogs. For instance, let’s consider Hurricane Katrina and how the mostly poor and Black survivors were painted as looters and criminals.
Or how White perpetrators of mass violence are painted as troubled or suffering from mental illness whereas Brown and Black perpetrators are painted as terrorists and domestic threats to American freedoms and values.
Or how Black Lives Matter and other social justice protestors are routinely painted as thugs while the inane debauchery of mostly White people rioting after games and even pumpkin festivals, is framed, in most media outlets, as revelers who simply got out of hand.
Or Stacey Dash.
And as James noted last year in her IBT investigation: “Research by Nieman this year argued that diversity is not just a lofty talking point but an essential business strategy in a country that will be majority non-white in 2044. Stories of police killings of Black Americans in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore are only the most recent and jarring examples of how diverse newsrooms can be an asset for achieving fair and accurate coverage. It matters to audiences, too.”
Let me say it again: it matters.
It matters because those stories are how non-Black folks come to relate to Black people and it matters because it is how we too tend to internalize negative images and beliefs about ourselves.
Of course, some would say the answer to our continued misrepresentation in the mainstream media is to “not worry about what they do” and build our own.
But here’s the thing: Black folks have a long tradition of building our own media outlets. Who could forget the real Queen of Media aka Mrs. Ida B. Wells?
Anyway, while some areas of Black media are growing, including among the digital and television terrain, traditional Black media outlets in print and magazine have been on the decline for years, this according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center.
The lack of overall support by us, for us is part of the reason for the decline. But regardless of the medium, all Black media outlets struggle to get advertising dollars that are fair and comparable to more mainstream, less diverse media outlets. As reported previously by MadameNoire‘s contributing writer Chelcee Johns in the article entitled, Who’s To Blame for the Decline in Black Media:
“Black magazines, radio, television and newspapers heavily depend on advertising to thrive, but what happens when it’s nowhere to be found? How are these influential Black mediums surviving with advertising dollars disproportionately going to mainstream outlets? And how are you, the reader and viewer at the center of it all, affected when these dollars decrease?
An October 2014 study released by Nielsen looked at the spending power of affluent African Americans in “African-American Consumers: The Untold Story.” Even though African Americans have an exponentially growing spending power said to soon reach $1.1 trillion this year, mainstream corporations only spend about three percent of their advertising and marketing budgets in African American markets.”
Without those fair and comparable advertising dollars, many Black media outlets simply can’t afford to provide the same coverage and/or quality as its White counterparts. That includes the ability to hire staff, pay for investigative reporting (that includes travels, food, research and room and board) or even put out a sufficient counter narrative attack to what is being said about us in the mainstream media.
In Essence, the reasons why #OscarsSoWhite are the likely reasons why #MSMSoWhite too. It’s not just about a stupid award show. But rather attacking a structure, which not only misrepresents the Black image in film, television and in the news, but also works to delegitimize and deny fair access to Black owned-entities, which stand a chance of competing.
In the media landscape, which once denied BET fair and comparable advertising dollars but will give Stacey Dash a platform to basically sh*t on BET (and the rest of Black media for that matter) for existing, it should be apparent that we can no longer remain clueless to how influential and interconnected both fights are.
Generally I agree with those who say we must build our own Hollywood (Although I also believe that the “Black Dollar” is largely a myth. However that is a post for another day – very soon). And yes, I also agree that we must build our own media, banks, schools, hospital, grocery stores, etc…as well. However we kind of have to check what they do too, especially if having “our own” will ever stand a chance of surviving.
Stacey, Right-Winged, White Folks Will Never Accept You, No Matter How Much Racist Rhetoric You Spout
My memories of high school are faint, to say the very least. But I will never forget the one day these two boys, one White and one Black, in biology class were standing around our lab station telling ridiculous jokes.
The White boy, laughing before he could even deliver the punchline said,
“How do you get a group of Black men to stop having sex with a White woman?”
The Black guy grins and then asked,
The White guy, still laughing, says,
“You throw a basketball at them.”
And to my shock and horror, the White and Black guy both fell out laughing. These two buffoons were my lab partners at least for that day. The White boy wasn’t my concern. The Black guy is the one who disgusted me the most in this situation.
And I let him know.
“Why are you laughing at that?”
“Because it’s funny.”
“You think it’s funny that he just insulted you and everyone who looks like you?”
“It’s just a joke.”
I can’t remember how much longer the conversation went on or how I eventually ridded myself of those two fools. I honestly haven’t thought about that particular incident in years. But today, in hearing Stacey Dash’s comments about Jada Pinkett Smith, BET and Black History Month, I was reminded.
While you might think Dash represents the Black guy laughing at the racist jokes, her recent comments show that she’s the one delivering them, waiting for her band of racist White folks to laugh and pat her on the back for a job well done, an ignorant, hate-filled speech properly delivered.
Fox News makes a great habit of asking Stacey Dash about Black issues. So it was only a matter of time before they got her take on Jada Pinkett Smith’s boycott of the Academy Awards.
As expected, it was a doozy.
“I think it’s ludicrous because we have to make up our minds. Either we want to have segregation or integration. And if we don’t want segregation then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the [NAACP] Image Awards, where you are only awarded if you are black. If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It’s a double standard.”
Fox News host Steve Doocy said, “So you say there should not be a BET channel?”
“No, just like there shouldn’t be a Black History Month,” Dash replied.
“You know, we’re Americans. Period. That’s it.”
“Are you saying there shouldn’t be a Black History Month because there isn’t a White History Month?” Doocy pressed.
The way Dash hit every single racist, privilege infested argument, you would swear she was teaching Resolved Ignorance. Those words about Black History Month and segregation are the very same ones uninformed or flat-out racist White people across the country love to tout, knowing good and well, with the exception of slavery and Martin Luther King, there is little to no Black History taught in the public school curriculum. And BET and The Image Awards are born out of the fact that our films, as the Academy Awards showed in 2016, are still not receiving the recognition they deserve. If Sylvester Stallone could be nominated for an Oscar, Stacey Dash deserves one too for her role as Dionne in Clueless. Lord knows, it’s her one of her few contributions to society.
But if you ask me, Stacey Dash knows exactly why networks like BET exist. As the network so aptly reminded their Instagram followers, she certainly took their money, probably in response to the fact that she couldn’t get any love from the mainstream.
I don’t know if the statements represent Dash’s true beliefs. It seemed like she was being spoon-fed throughout the broadcast.
But whether they represent her true feelings or she’s only saying what she thinks her White bosses and their White audience want to hear. She’s “the Black friend” who laughs at racists jokes and lets her White friends say “the N-word” because Hip Hop is to blame. It’s very clear she’s being used as a pawn. And pawns are often the first ones sacrificed in an attempt to preserve the empire. And Fox News is an empire. Stacey Dash, the Johnnetta come lately, is not high on their priority list. After all, there are plenty of right-winged, fairer skinned folk who will say exactly what she just said.
We saw that in the way they suspended homegirl with a quickness when she cussed on television, speaking about President Obama.
She can look to Michael Steele or Hermain Cain and even Dr. Ben Carson (because he’s clearly on his way out) to see the ways in which the party has dismissed and disregarded right-winged African Americans who thought they had an “in.”
I don’t know what Stacey Dash hopes to gain from all of this. More acting opportunities? Exposure? Perhaps she just wants people to talk about her. And if that’s the case, she’s certainly accomplished her goals. But in the meantime it reeks of desperation. Fox News knows it, Hollywood knows it and so does the Black community. Once Fox finds their next token, I don’t know where Stacey will find herself but it certainly won’t be in the good graces of the people who only sought to exploit her Blackness in the first place.
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The much anticipated Soul Train Awards, hosted by the illest chick, Erykah Badu airs on Centric on Sunday, November 29th from 8pm-10:30pm ET! Be sure to tune in and check performances by:
Boyz II Men, Bobby Brown, R. Kelly, Brandy, Tyrese, Fantasia, Jeremih, and more…
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Brandy is really spreading her wings into this acting game. In addition to her wildly successful run as the lead in Broadway’s Chicago, she also returning to BET for a new show “Zoe Ever After.”
Unlike her tenure on “The Game,” Brandy will be playing the lead role.
The show is described as a romantic comedy following a recently divorced single mother trying to launch a new cosmetics line.
You can take a look at the trailer in the video below.
Maybe it’s just me, but the show reminded me a lot of “Eve” back in the day on UPN. The project will debut in January on BET.
What do you think of the trailer? Will you check this out?
If you’ve been following BET’s “Being Mary Jane” then you know that the show can be a lot. There’s sex, there’s friendship, family and career drama.
Mary Jane is often at the center of it. Trying to figure out which man she’s going to be with this week, whether or not she’s fulfilled in her life and attempting to keep her family together, often with her financial ends.
But in season 3, it looks like all of that is going to change.
Mary Jane’s life is completely derailed by a car accident.
Aaah, perhaps I’ve already said too much.
Check out the season 3 trailer in the video below.
The new season of “Being Mary Jane” begins on Tuesday, October 20 at 9 p.m. Will you be watching?
Black&Sexy TV is heading to BET!
Thursday, executives from Black Entertainment Television announced their new partnership with the entertainment and lifestyle network.
“We noticed Black&Sexy TV has a dedicated fanbase, and their fans’ obsession for this content mirrors the obsession our audience has for BET and our content,” said Pete Danielsen, BET’s Executive Vice President of Program Planning, Scheduling and Acquisitions.
According to Variety, the partnership includes a three-series deal through which the cable channel will air three of Black&Sexy’s most popular web series. BET will kick off the partnership on Wednesday, September 16 with a showing of “RoomieLoverFriends,” starring Shayla Hale and Andra Fuller. The series will air as four hour-long episodes over consecutive weeks beginning tonight at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
Also joining the BET family is “Hello Cupid,” which follows two best friends and their dating mishaps after one uses the other’s photo for her online dating profile. “Sexless,” a series about a group of friends as they attempt to find meaningful relationships while taking sex out of the equation, will also air on the network.
As a self-proclaimed Black&Sexy groupie, I have to admit that I’m slightly disappointed about “That Guy” not being a part of the deal, but you have to start somewhere, right? Perhaps, the series will be next in line if all goes well with this new partnership.
Currently, Black&Sexy TV provides a $7 per month VOD subscription service, which offers access to all of their original programming. Episodes can also be found on their YouTube channel.
If you’re one of the many, many people who tuned in last week to watch the rebirth of the popular show Uncut, then you were punked just like the rest of us. BET pulled off a great prank and used the opportunity to announce the rebirth of another favorite show, Punk’d. Details of the reboot are scarce, aside from the fact that it premiered yesterday and will continue to air on Tuesday nights at 10:30 p.m. But before you dive into the reboot, here’s a look at some of the best moments from the original MTV hit.
Missy Elliott: Jewelry Makes You Lose Control
Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott proved she is not one to be messed with when it comes to her jewelry. The “Supa Dupa Fly” rapper made a stop by the jewelry store to pick up her blinged-out dog tags that were supposed to be cleaned. But she was told that the deliveryman had just walked out with the wrong package and that package had her items in it. Elliott wasn’t trying to hear such an explanation and even got up on the jewelry case and demanded her jewels back.
BET made a lot of people unhappy when they fooled us into thinking the infamous late-night program “Uncut” was getting revived. Last week, we found out that it was all an elaborate prank to announce the return of Punk’d starring Vine stars Andrew “King Bach” Bachelor and DeStorm Power. While “Uncut” is not making a comeback, here are 10 shows that we wish BET would bring back asap!
Hold off on sending around that Change.org petition. BET was only pulling our legs when they said “Uncut” would be returning to their weekly line-up.
Tuesday, the network revealed that their announcement concerning the return of the after-hours program was just a practical joke to promote the revival of “Punk’d,” a television show introduced by MTV about celebrity-centered pranks.
The delivery was flawless. Just as all the freaks in the land gathered around their television sets with their mouths salivating in anticipation, ready to witness booty popping coupled with terrible music, “Punk’d” newcomers DeStorm Power and Andrew “King Bach” Bachelor appeared on the screen and delivered the news.
“Stop the show! Stop the show,” said Power.
“So y’all thought y’all was going to see ‘BET Uncut’?” Bachelor asked before the two burst into laughter.
— BET (@BET) August 12, 2015
While some were naturally opposed to the network reviving “Uncut,” others were totally here for it, which made the prank all the more hilarious.
— IG: @BrentHomieQuan (@SilkSmooth) August 12, 2015
— iXclusive Inc. (@iXclusive_Ced) August 12, 2015
Officially done with BET. First, Roots during Christmas now this. #BETUncut
— Tunde O., Pre-PA (@_MedPharaoh_) August 12, 2015
Honestly, when BET first announced that “Punk’d” would be added to the lineup, I wasn’t sure that anyone would be interested in watching. However, this stunt may have been just what they needed to boost interest in the revival.
Well played, BET. Well played.