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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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  7. BET IS WHITE OWNED,THEREFORE THEY REALLY DON’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING FOR BLACK’S EXCEPT PROVIDE THEM ENTERTAINMENT T.V. NOT EDUTAINMENT T.V. BLACK PEOPLE PLEASE STOP DEPENDING ON PEOPLE WHO DON’T LOOK LIKE YOU AND LEARN TO DEPEND ON YOURSELVES!PEACE!

  8. 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.

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  10. 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.

    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. here, here, It, s time for this garbage to go.we have people that the only thing that.
    means anything to them is money.But we have to take some responsibility and stop.
    supporting the station, the filthy singers and turn it off at home.We have the ability.
    to hurt the pocket.Watch what happens when we cut off the money,

  13. Sandra Pete Hawkins

    Waited a long time to see Tj, holmes, they need him more than the opposite! This is sort of strange, the election of a black potus, with. Very little coverage on a black network, strange!

  14. 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!

  15. Respect! what an outstanding article, I am inspired to make a difference & to “protect our youth’s will being.”

  16. They need to sell it to Tyler Perry, he's the only one who would know what to do with it. Certainly knows more than its white owners, who love trashing us no matter what we do in this life. They want the world to think Black America is all about the garbage, but all they do is expose those of us who are hard core gangsters as representative of all black folks because they think we're all ignorant. Folks need to stop watching BET until they figure out what the "T" truly stands for.

  17. That would be Adolf, not Adolph, Hitler, and Paul Joseph Goebbels was his Reich Minister of Propaganda.

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” – Goebbels

  18. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS GOING TO HAPPEN WHEN YOUR IN THE HANDS OF WHITE PEOPLE.I REMEMBER WHAT MALCOM SAID(WHAT DOES A WHITE MAN CALL A RICH BLACK MAN…NIGGER THAT IS WHAT HE CALLS US NO MATTER WHAT WE DO..THE SAD PART IS WHAT WE DO TO MAKE A DOLLAD.. CALLING YOUR WOMEN BICHES AND WHORES.BUTT SHAKING.DRUGS BLACK ON BLACK CRIME..SLEEP ON MY BROTHER…

  19. This Psychologist does a wonderful job of explaining how music with violent and negative lyrics actually hypnotizes our children and leaves the message in their subconscious. So, what message is being absorbed when the chorus says, "I stay high every day," "I'll shoot a n*gga in the face" or "b*tches ain't sh*t"?

    Adolph Hilter once said that those who control books and media can control an entire people. So, we have to confront record labels that are feeding violence, sexism, drug/alcohol abuse and other abnormalities to our kids. It's NOT a coincidence that most of our youth are not socially conscious and that there is a massive increase in STD infections, homicides, incarceration, drug use, etc. This is KILLING the spirit of our children.

    http://www.techyville.com/2012/11/social-media/psychologist-says-hip-hop-beatsviolent-lyrics-hypnotize-kids-and-changes-their-behavior/

    • The best antidote is a father in the home. That will reduce the number of people promoting those messages and the number of kids receptive to them. So how do we get fathers in the home? The answer is fairly simple. The problem is few people are willing to do what's necessary to move in the right direction.

    • BET is one channel out of 200…if you don't like their programming, watch something else…consumer choice…Shut up with this aesthetic argument, and get premium cable service…or better yet, read a book…it's not that hard…we can control our children…Rap music is a cultural scapegoat for systemic inequality and a biased legal system, which perpetuates crime and violence…

    • @Black, a father in the home is not the cure, but a fathers influence, certainly doesn't hurt. I know some two parent homes where their homes are victims of the ignorance that TJ describes. It takes love, constant attention, and consistency in our parenting. I am a single parent who raised a male, he graduated from one of the top 10 Universities in the U.S. and is on his way to law school. I kept him involved in positive activities outside of the house, and discouraged video games, and tv watching. I could not shield him from all things negative in life for those things we talked and I put them in perspective for him. He also had many positive male roll models around. And for the record I am often asked for parenting advice from single mothers as well as two parent homes.

    • As a culture, we made the collective decision back in the late 1960s that fathers (men) were irrelevant to the structure of a family, and to that of our communities. Much of what we see and hear today, content-wise, reflects our questionable decision-making from the past.

    • @ Bill in my case, my son had a perfect father for the first 9 years of his life, his father became addicted to drugs and left me to parent alone. It was devastating, to see him go down the way that he did, we were together for 2 years before my son was born and 3 years after. But, I wish more women would take into consideration, the circumstances, that their children are being born into. A lot of children are being born into situations, where there is no chance of the father participating in their upbringing, and these women know it but wish for a fairytale outcome anyway, they are not married, nor do they even have a committed relationship with these men. Anyway, no matter how the children got here, they are here, so what do you do, no matter what hand you were dealt, re-shuffle that deck, put your children first, be driven by love, and be in it to win it, its not fool proof but parents have to have a plan.

    • @Rhonda: If we are randomly creating children without any regard to providing a stable homelike and community life for them, then how can we expect those children to prosper? Moreover, how do we expect children from such circumstances to keep up with children who come from much more stable, cohesive environments?

    • How is it that a greater proportion of Black children were born into more structurally stable environments in 1960 (approx 80 percent born to two married parents…) than in 2012 (nearly 75 percent of Black children born to an unmarried mother as the primary parent…)?

    • If the message is, "Black parents need to do a better job with raising their kids", how do we get that message across? In my opinion, positive lyrics in hip hop would be a perfect tool to help spread that message. Certainly wld be better than rapping about how "I wish that I cld f#ck every girl in the world."

    • From a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model, we all have "elevator music" that continually plays in our own brain and what we feed the conscious mind ends up on our subconscious playlist. Those of us who are investing in the well being of our youth need to outwork those that are investing in the destruction. Interesting point on the BET issue to say the least. This is just more motivation for me to continue creating platforms for our youth to download positive playlists of songs that helps them heal.

    • Why I Care About Hip Hop http://huff.to/RTTCpB

    • @ Bill so should the parents throw up their hands, and accept this text book statistic that society has placed upon them. And spend a lifetime of condemnation for making a questionable choice. I am a working class woman, society would label my son the son of a single mother, and drug addicted incarcerated father. I told him never to define himself by what me and his father are, he has his own path in life. My son went to college with the children of judges, lawyers, doctors, celebrities, etc. he performed at the same level, and my son graduated in four years . I told him when he entered college, they don't care where you come from, you are expected to perform just as well as the more priveleged kids. It doesn't matter who or where you come from, its about the willingness, and drive to succeed. There is life and success stories, after becoming a single parent. I prefer to find solutions, instead of criticizing.

    • Programming in Orlando, Florida; Magic Johnson's Aspire #140 and MLK III Centric #175. Power in the remote control. Enough said! ^-^

    • @Rhonda: There used to be an ethos in our community that many of our elders would espouse to children: "I want you to achieve a better life than I did." That generation was not satisfied with their status quo – they demanded more and better for their offspring. What do we now teach our daughters and sons so that they may make healthier, sustainable choices for their lives AND communities?

    • Fatherlessness is not about "text book statistics." I've seen too many adult men and women emotionally breakdown over their recollections of growing up with that void in their lives. Too many are indifferent to that pain and struggle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQTLbSOMpYI

    • amen!!! Thank You My Sister…God Bless!!!

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. Jacqueline Pace Manuel

    Good lookin out, TJ!

  23. it blacks as a whole doing it to them selfs……chuch's…..and every factor of life.

  24. 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.

  25. Interesting………….

    Z : – ).

  26. Wow! Talk about the truth being told..

  27. Mr. TJ Holmes has a definite up-hill battle on his plate. Short of telling grown folks what they need to do or not do (somthing long ago lost during nurture time), would he compensate equally, financially, or notoriously as those corporate giants who absolutely "make dreams come true" for these aspiring artists?

  28. Corey Jamal Stewart

    I completely agree that BET has done nothing to contribute to the black community. The only thing I disagree with is some of the examples that he uses. BET doesn't really promote inspirational music but then again they don't promote music either. They have 106 and Park and their annual award shows but other than that they don't promote much music anymore. And also 2 Chainz isn't all that great of an example to use if youre trying to say hes a high school drop out that got rich off of drug money simply because majority of that isn't true. 2 Chainz graduated a 4year college in 3 and a half years with a 4.0 GPA and played college basketball. He also has a few side businesses that he owns himself. They aren't all that major but he owns them.

    But other than that I completely agree with what was said.

  29. B uffoons
    E ngaging
    T reacherously

    • 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).

  30. Thatz why I LOOOVVVVEEEE TJ Holmes young, gifted, and beautiful Black Man!!!! Hang in there TJ, show those fools at BET how it should be done. We
    Promise to have your back…Dont Sleep

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  31. TJ Holmes speaks candidly about BET destroying Black America. Good article by Dr. Boyce Watkins. I've actually had heated debates with a few people that consider themselves to be educated and informed, and they defended BET, the disgusting music videos and the coonery. You know who you are!

    • Kendell, dear one you could not have said it better. Unless it was something of substance; BET was Per Sona Non Grata ……more unwelcome than ever. The negative images impact our children as "MASSA" intended. I still remember the KLU KLUX KLAN thanking our MEN & Children for killing EACH OTHER. They laughinly said that "THE N….S are doing a FANTASTIC job for them. Years ago, they laughed @ those who ALWAYS had that "CROWN AIR FRESHENER" in their ride. Those who WERE NOT SLEEPING knew that the klan was the owner/ distributors; who laughedly said "Thanx N….S for making us rich. ". Steven Hill should be ashamed of selling his & our souls for 30 pieces of silver. As soon as we have another Tony Brown, Bev Smith, and the list goes on who comes to enlighten, they are immediately/SLOWLY shut down. We NEED DON'T SLEEP 7 days for an hour of 'THE REAL DEAL". Please drop a note to Mr. Hill and make him aware that we HAVE A SIGNIFICANT REASON TO GLEEFULLY AWAIT 11PM BET PROGRAMMING.

    • Kendell, you have hit the prverbial nail on the head. BET used to have some value when it was owned by Robert Johnson, and it appears he threw US under the Bus when he sold it, all in the name of prophet. Unfortunately most of the people who watch BET will not have the fortitude or forsight to realize the real deal, and boycott the Station. Mr. Holmes best chance at true success may be to transfer to Cathy Hughes TV One.

    • Choices people! Magic Johnson's Aspire is a great quality network of Color. Also, MLK III and others have Centric. Exercise your choices and power in clicking the remote control. TJ may want to apply where like minds abound; Channels 140 & 175 in Orlando, Florida. GOD Bless! ^-^

    • Kam Steele in Orlando, Florida on channels 140 & 175 are respectively, Magic Johnson's Aspire and MLK III Centric. Great programmings too! They poll the viewers to inquire about future programming options. TJ, ya heard! Work where there is an enfrastructure to facilitate you views.

    • Debra Ferguson better yet. Aspire; channel 140 and Centric; channel 175 in Orlando, Florida are respectively ran with Mr. Earvin "Magic" Johnson and MLK III are already of the mindset to entertain and uplift the community. You inputs in programming are welcome there. ^-^

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