We need to talk about BET’s gross disrespect of Black Women

Ezinne Ukoha
7 min readFeb 13, 2019


We need to talk about the messiness of Black History Month 2019, and how much we miss the gorgeousness that bedazzled last year’s celebration, when the vibrancy of the months leading to the highly-anticipated release of the cultural phenomenon that was and still is Black Panther, provided the primal unification of Blackness that supremely attacked the disease of White supremacy for a season.

Fast forward to the present, and the allotted month that was supposed to uplift and beautify with collages of ancestral rhythms — recalling the currency of Blackness overtaking the globe with Wakandan authority — has been tragically hijacked by the venom of historical atrocities that have been vengefully reactivated to stifle the soundtrack of Black lives with the static of how we don’t matter.

The media has played a vital role in this circus of shitty fare being swarmed around platforms that expand wide enough to contain the eyesores — plunging sensitive minds into the tunnels of discontent with the internalization of triggering content that effectively blasts through with robotic placements.

News organizations and entertainment outfits are desperate for the material that cause users to throw fits of rage, and there’s simply no end to the fiesta of hate that must remain initiated for the clicks and memes that ultimately set up the editorial calendar for the weeks ahead.

And so we must bitch about the White-owned BET, and how it no longer caters to a Black audience with the dignity and respect that is required for a massive company of that scale that claims the slogan — Yes to Black.

The white dude that owns Viacom, the company that bought BET back in 2001, Sumner Redstone, must’ve been thrilled with his ambitious acquisition, that basically stripped the once Black-owned entity into fragments of unrecognizable bits, that have been too uneven and jagged to fit into the cohesive collage of coherency with reliable consistency.

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