March 3, 2010

Mo'Nique and Ed Gordon Bring Positive Vibe to Black Entertainment Television (BET)

This blog has been very critical of Black Entertainment Television (BET) over the past few years. I rarely watch the cable television network. However, I must admit that BET is making some good moves lately.

First, it is clear that BET made a smart move last year when they gave Mo'Nique her own talk show. Mo'Nique is one of the best-loved female comedians of the new millennium and a role model for plus-sized women everywhere. Her comic talent carried her from the comedy club stage to television, film and beyond. Mo’Nique received surprisingly glowing reviews for her award-worthy work in the drama, “Precious” (2009), a family drama based on the novel by Sapphire. Mo'Nique gave a shout-out to BET during her Oscar acceptance speech.

BET continued to move in a positive direction when they re-hired Award-winning broadcast journalist, Ed Gordon. Gordon, a well seasoned anchor, reporter, interviewer, radio host and Emmy Award-winning broadcaster will join the network for a variety of news programs and specials. Gordon’s return bolsters the news division’s roaster which includes correspondents Jeff Johnson, Andre Showell and April Woodard.

As BET celebrates its 30th anniversary, it brings me great joy to welcome back one of America’s most prominent news personalities,” said chairman and CEO, Debra Lee. “Ed has always remained part of the BET family and I am sure viewers will share in our excitement to have him back.”
The BET news department recently won two NAACP Images Awards in the categories of Outstanding News / Information Series and Outstanding Variety Series or Special for “The Inauguration of Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States” and “The Michael Jackson Memorial: Celebrating the Life of Michael Jackson.”

I think that more nubians will give BET another chance if they continue to bring on positive talent such as Mo'Nique and Ed Gordan. That's my thought ... what say u?

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