BET has failed the Black community. BET at one point, was the only televised outlet Blacks had to keep abreast of issues that effected their everyday lives and music that was important to them that went ignored on other networks. Over the years I watched BET go from being a beacon of hope to just another part of the problem. BET removed all news programming and informative shows from the network and in their place added more booty-shaking mamas and derogatory rap music segments. BET has recently launched BET J, formerly known as BET Jazz. I believe BET J was created to recapture part of BET's lost market, adults who would like to see programming with more depth. Not only does BET J feature jazz, they also feature undiscovered talents, non-mainstream artists and live performances. The channel showcases music and cultural programming from different parts of the world such as Africa and various regions of the Caribbean. BET J also airs old episodes of Video Soul for those of us who yearn to see Donnie Simpson on screen again! BET J has an informative program that deals with important issues facing the Black community titled My Two Cents. In addition to music and news, the channel has a segment where they showcase Black independent film shorts. In the fall the network will add two reality shows to their lineup which I'm not all that excited about, I've just about had it with reality shows. So far I'm loving BET J and I'm looking forward to seeing what more the channel will have to offer. If you would like to more information regarding the channel, please visit www.betj.com.
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