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TJ Holmes Speaks Candidly about BET, The Psychological Drug Dealers of America

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

This week, TJ Holmes, host of the new BET show “Don’t Sleep!” took a trip to Power 105.1 in New York City to speak about his new show and the challenges of developing a new audience.  Charlamagne Tha God, one of the hosts of the show (“The Breakfast Club”), sent me a copy of the interview (which you can see below), for he shares my concern with what BET has chosen to become.

I’ve  respected Charlamagne since I met him in 2006, when I appeared a few times on the Wendy Williams Experience.  He treated me with tremendous decency long before anyone knew or cared who I was.  He’s also an honest advocate for the challenges of the black male in America, which makes him an important ally in the struggle for black liberation and advancement.

I watched the interview curiously, impressed by the honesty with which Holmes went about sharing his challenges with the new show, and how his network is both supporting him and fighting with him.   His courageous decision to speak so honestly about the difficulty of developing quality content and a good audience for BET gives an inside look at how hard it can be to rise from the gutter once you’ve become committed to making it into your home.  Sadly enough, BET has defined itself to be the White Trash of Black America, appealing to the worst in us, lowering IQs and killing dreams like a KKK firing squad in front of the house of Malcolm X.

Someone needs to take on BET, and it needs to be all of us.  BET is owned by people who care almost nothing for our community, for their only goal is to maximize the bottom line.   The problem is that it’s difficult for TJ Holmes to compete with Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz (author of the song with the brilliant chorus, “All I want for my birthday is a big booty hoe”) or any other form of buffoonery the network could be putting on the air.  So, the good folks at both BET and Viacom (their economic plantation owners) must be compelled to consider a double bottom line, where they are reminded of the value of inspiring young black people with positive role models and a reclamation of black intellectualism on mainstream TV.

BET is the psychological drug dealer, standing on the corner, “clocking the dough,” with the “Big booty hoe” in the front seat of his Mercedes.  He may not be bothering you, but he’s got his eye on your children when they get out of school.  He’s showing them flashy cars and handfuls of money, to convince them to skip college so they can become drug dealers or drug addicts.  Largely due to the existence of BET, we’ve got an entire generation of black youth who’ve become addicted to the drug of counter productive buffoonery, and TJ Holmes is part of the rehabilitation process.  If BET really wants to improve, they need to let this brother breathe.

Even Adolph Hitler understood that he who controls the media, also controls the mind.  So Hitler would surely  be applauding the achievements of BET, for the network has contributed to black psychological and actual genocide through the rejection of education, increased drug/alcohol consumption, higher HIV rates and the glorification of handgun violence among young black men.  Even BET founder Sheila Johnson has admitted that the network has played a role in harming our children, so if we love our children, we will fight to the death to protect their well-being. In black America, we must go to the corner and kill, incarcerate or control our psychological drug dealers.  If we do not, our community’s demise is imminent.

TJ’s interview can be watched at this link. 

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Finance Professor at Syracuse University and author of the book, “Black American Money.” To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.


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    November 27, 2012 at 8:23 pm


  9. moeblues

    November 26, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I watched BET for several of their daily programs until October 1995. A great political and social event occurred on October 16, 1995. It was held in Washington, D. C. where BET’s headquarters were located at the time. The event drew more than one million Black folks to D. C. on that historic day, and was called The Million Man March featuring Minister Louis Farrakhan as the keynote speaker promoting Black unity and individual responsibility in the Black communities across America.

    Robert L Johnson the majority owner of BET-TV was so unimpressed by the Million Man March objectives, he decided to ignore the event and continued to broadcast music videos and idiotic infomericals! Bob Johnson’s actions on that day are damnable on the merit of the situation; and broadcasting the event nationwide wouldn’t have cost BET-TV much money. All Johnson [the chump] had to do was order one of his cameramen to place a camera in a studio window to record and an audio-guy next to the podium for sound .. and BET could have performed a great public service to all Americans. Instead of doing the RIGHT thing — Bob Johnson pimped himself and the Black masses!!

    I don’t watch BET-TV. The content on the station is piss-poor 98% of the time.

  10. Dr. R. Northern, Jr., Ed.D.

    November 26, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Okay People! We are becoming a larger “complaining mass of dependent consumers.” Exercise your power-remote control. Here in Orlando, Florida your programming choices of quality in television viewing are TV One (159 or 1233); Aspire(140) and Centric (175). These are new channels for us ran respectively by Ms. Cathy Hughes, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and MLK III. There is even a survey option for future programmings. Be empowered My Peeps ^-^! PEACE!

  11. Herman Hawkins Jr.

    November 25, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Yes Viacom is the blood sucking vampire in the room. However do NOT blame everything on Viacom, nor confine its buffoonery and garbage to Black people. Bob and Sheila Johnson allowed the garbage to flow long before they sold BET to Viacom, so they MUST get a share of the blame. Viacom also sells garbage to their own. Just look at the sex laden sitcoms their primary over the air network CBS shows, not to mention the idiotic reality junk they show on MTV and VH1 including all the Real Housewives junk(not just from Atlanta but suburban areas with predominately white women) and not just “Basketball Wives.” The entire entertainment medium needs to be challenged, not just BET.

  12. Mak Legend

    November 25, 2012 at 11:57 am

    It’s real simple, this is all bullshit! I would not fight the clan by joining them. Turn BET off, point blank. Don’t allow it in your home, this solves the issue. But their are too many black people selling out their race to get a piece of the “American Pie”, if you play bafoon hip hop, are a coon rapper, actor, DJ, tv host, or are in any other position of power and work for an entity that promotes this crap you are part of the problem. In laymen terms, you are a sell out!!!! Don’t like it, so what. It’s the truth and you need to hear it. There are too many people excusing themselves and pointing at other people just like Bob Johnson and Russel Simmons who are the biggest sell outs of all time! At least Oprah gets it! GO OWN Network!

  13. confidentlyinChrist

    November 25, 2012 at 8:27 am

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    November 24, 2012 at 10:13 pm

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  15. DOCMEB

    November 24, 2012 at 9:04 pm


  16. wil-lie

    November 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    BET is owned by people who care almost nothing for our community,…bet care about the negro project….one. drugs the full force of their building get kkk terrorist groups….2. oral sex inside corporation….3.unorganization….black will not invest with each other and they don’t know what to invest in….like every thing food….chicken farms…hog farms….fish farms….wheat, potato, corn, beans and peas…bet may not be the tv station that give blacks the news that we need but still…..it a lot…but if blacks do one thing’ it will take that lot and make it a little and that’s getting alone and communicating the right way….stop the nig$er from roll these hard drugs in these younger brother and sister marijuana….this much be stop! tell on these nig$er so every one will know…but be on that if you smoke marijuana buy
    you on shyt and roll your on shyt and then you are safe…other then that god bless you! this is front line destruction in the black community….that drugs…what yall think these people are start with the crack pipe…hell no! they are tricking these young men and women and we can get them to understand this clearly.. very very clears……change will come will no problem…..cut off every thing…cable tv, take you phone down to the bear minimum….car, close, need to be broken down and all that money should be put in and investment group….but it got to be done through safe affecter…like a investment group in the chuch, and have in open on a screen for every one to see it….and take a vote on what to invest in like what ever..one person one vote on about ten thing…..let ten people have two letters of the code and they all got to be their to go into the account….this is my way….and I know the chuck is tax free so jusy say the chuch do not have any thing to do with it….it’s the people in the chuch that have and investment group……and every chuch should be link….in that city in that state and then nation wide……what do you think the computer is for…..and I can see all these negro’s talking over the net…o baby yes baby…lol…..but we the people got to change….and then let Obama do this job.

  17. Davchi

    November 24, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    There is no other race of people in America that despises itself more than its black people. Our forefathers brought here for slave purposes and in the span of over 200 years we have become a very mixed race with minimal African connection in our blood line. Unlike our President whose father was African and a white American mom he is a true African-American because he is one generation removed were we are multiple generations removed. White America first called us colored, then negro, then black, then afro-american and now african-american and has always called us niggers. We find it difficult to relate because a lot of us wants to be something other than or don’t know who we are at all.

  18. Derrick

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    • Satchel

      November 24, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      Should we expect anything else when Viacom paid Robert L. Johnson $3 Billion to own BET. Clowning and Buffoonery gets Viacom paid, if it didn’t they wouldn’t broadcast it. The black community spends over $3 on non-sense, but we rather complain about what Viacom is doing to us, invest in our selves. Dr. Watkins knows how that game is played, put together a proposal Doctor. With enough commented black people we won’t need Viacom (BET).