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Problems At Black Entertainment Television (B.E.T.) Part 1

“One Man’s Opinion” by Gordon Curvey

BET-Investor-LogoUPDATE: Below link is a story from the Huffington Post regarding problems with Mr. Bill Jones and Ms Tonya Hart, two legends in African American media who were refused coverage of the B.E.T. Awards. Article from 7-10-2014.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tanya-young-williams/exclusive-bet-awards-deni_b_5561433.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment&ir=Entertainment

I have been very silent about this issue readers. Trying not to sound like a cry baby. But I said I have to speak out this time regarding Black Entertainment Television aka B.E.T.

For those of you who do not know, I have been producing “Music Inner City TV” since 1990. December 19,1990 I aired my first program with guest the legendary MC Lyte followed by Seattle native Sir Mix-A-Lot.

It was my dream to be in the music industry since I was a teenager watching Don Cornelius and Soul Train on TV. I said I want to be like him. Hosting my own TV or radio program. What a dream!

It took awhile but I started to have my dream come true and I even had a chance to tell the late Mr. Cornelius that he was my idol. That was great that I had a chance to tell him that. Dreams do come true folks!

Even suffering a terrible fire in 2005 and having a very serious operation in late 2010 in which I caught pnemounia and lost most of my right lung and more, I have kept my show on the air for more than 23 years here in the Seattle/Tacoma, Washington area and Western Washington state. I have dealt with plenty of hate and jealous feelings but again, “Music Inner City TV” is still on the air. We currently broadcast 24-7 on Comcast-Xfinity On-Demand all over Western Washington state.

Over the years we have been lucky enough to interview legends like Ike Turner, Rick James, Al Green, George Duke, Quincy Jones, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Paul McCartney, Dionne Warwick, Micheal Jordan, Big Daddy Kane, Chaka Khan and many more INCLUDING media icon Oprah Winfrey! BUT for some reason the PR Dept at B.E.T have decided for the last seven years to turn our TV crew down for red carpet coverage of the B.E.T Awards. This has become a problem folks.

In my strong opinion their is ONE person with B.E.T who is responsible for “Music Inner City TV” being at home and watching the event on TV and online at bet.com  And when I watched the coverage online I notice other programs on the red carpet that makes me wonder why am I at home year after year instead of being in Los Angeles and doing interviews.  I also go online to You Tube and notice outlets like “Black Hollywood Today” putting video on You Tube from the red capet at the B.E.T Awards and I say to myself how did they get on the carpet? How and why?

I am also aware of another outlet/company that has a problem with the PR Dept at B.E.T. It seems there is a few (or maybe one) very arrogant and mean people/person at B.E.T that hold grudges with people. For instance about 8 years ago I had a difference of opinion with a person in B.E.T PR Dept/management while I was in L.A. for the B.E.T Awards.

I was placed in the media room again. Not on the red carpet and I asked this person why. Things got a little heated between us. Since then, I have told this person I am sorry etc. BUT this person in my STRONG opinion has NOT let me reapeat has NOT forgot our  disagreement and has made sure yours truly Gordon Curvey and my crew WILL NEVER be on the red carpet again. It has been very depressing on my part when for the last seven years I get the same paragraph from B.E.T turning “Music Inner City TV” down for red carpet coverage. Something is very very wrong and I would like to find out what is the problem.

Last year B.E.T. called the Seattle Police on me because they thought I was suicidal after being turned down again for the B.E.T Awards but I was not suicidal readers. I was just upset that my outlet was and is being treated wrong. I was also upset this year after being refused coverage. It has taken me a week or so to cool off.

It is fun being on the red carpet doing interviews myself or running the camera. It is not work at all. And if you know about my program, EVERYONE is asked in our final question to speak to the youth about staying in school and stopping the violence etc.

But the PR Dept and B.E.T has not allowed me to interview entertainers at the B.E.T Awards for seven years in row. While other programs with much less time on the air and much less of a audience is on the red carpet having fun and doing interviews for their audience. Is it political or is it who you know? Or is a person at B.E.T holding a grudge? I think it is the last question.

I think this person doing this to me and my audience should be fired. I think it is very very wrong what this person has done to me and it hurts me and my audience here in the Northwest on TV and worldwide on the net at “Music Inner City News Magazine” www.musicinnercity.com  Will I ever be allowed to cover the B.E.T Awards on the red carpet? Who knows. My health is not the best and I may not even be here next year. Only god knows. But as of now if it was up to B.E.T and this one person who has stopped my coverage on the red carpet for seven years in row….I will NEVER be allowed to cover the B.E.T Awards on the red carpet. This is truly truly sad for me and my audience. We are the ONLY program of it type produced in the Northwest of the U.S. This should NOT happen readers!!

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Are You Disappointed With The Programs On B.E.T?

ARTICLE FROM thegrio.com (Full story click here)

I have been waiting to say something on this topic for awhile and then I saw the above article in The Grio website so I said now is the time to say my views on Black Entertainment Network.

I have been very disappointed in the programming on B.E.T. for a long time. In my opinion there is to much videos and reality shows and older programs and not nearly enough news programing.

I remember when B.E.T. had a nightly news program at about 10pm Seattle time that I never missed. It was a very good program hosted by Jackie Reid. It had news and views from the African American point of view every night. Why the program was taken of was and is beyond me. That was just crazy in my opinion.

Their needs to be more news specials on B.E.T.  Much more. More primetime news shows maybe hosted by Ed Gordon and other B.E.T personalities. News on the programs of unemployment in the African American community, teen suicide, the drug and gang problems in our communities, the problems of students dropping out of school and on and on. This is not happening like it should on B.E.T.

I want B.E.T to be more like CNN. News, news and more news. You can come to local programs like my program “Music Inner City TV” for some music videos etc. But even with my show, I try to entertain and educate.

I hope B.E.T. President Debra Lee will see the light and do much more news programming and less videos and reality shows and older programs like Bernie Mac and shows like the Game and others.

I want more positive stories on for instance President Obama because as we know MSNBC and CNN and for sure Fox News does not do enough positive stories on our President and other politicians. Why not a “biography” type of program with profiles on Morgan Freeman or Halle Berry or even Rev Jesse Jackson or Denzel Washington etc.

This is just my opinion. I agree with the folks at the Grio. I hope and pray the B.E.T. will give us much more news and views from the African American community. A good way to do that is to bring back “The B.E.T Nightly News” right now!!   Gordon Curvey

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FOLLOW UP: Mo’Nique Says Her Brother Lied

ARTICLE FROM s2smagazine.com (Full story click here)

As you know I have written my feelings on the sad story regarding Oscar winner Mo’Nique and the relationship with her brother Gerald.

And this is a sad story. I watched Mo’Nique’s brother on Oprah the other day and I was shocked at this program and the information that has come out for the world to know regarding Gerald’s sexual contacts with his sister when they were young.

Gerald said said all the normal stuff about being sorry etc. And Oprah asked tough questions to him. But what I took out of the show is this.

If you watched Mo’Nique get her Golden Globe and Critics Choice and Oscar Awards, she came off as a dynamic wonderful African American lady with a lot of opinions.

And if watch her program on BET, she is always giving advice etc. I think she needs to chill out with the advice and try to repair her relationship with her elderly mom and dad who also was on the Oprah show.

MoNique has not talked to her mom or dad IN YEARS!! I am sorry readers, NO MATTER WHAT she needs to stop trying to be Miss Goody Two Shoes with advice to all her guests and work on trying to repair her relationship with her mom and dad.

We were not their to see how Gerald made sexual contact with her sister how her parents handled it. But they did not know it happened.

And if Gerald told lies on Oprah, he was wrong. BUT Mo’Nique is wrong for not talking to her elderly parents. You only have one dad and one mom.

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M.I.C. News Magazine Report: Snoop Dogg In Seattle

“One Man’s Opinion” by Gordon Curvey

This past Friday and Saturday rap legend Snoop Dogg was in the Seatown to perform at the Showbox Sodo. And I want to tell you my feelings as a vet in this music game.

First of all I tried like hell to obtain a one on one interview with Snoop via the phone or in person but again got nothing as far as a interview. The only time I have interviewed Snoop was at the B.E.T. Awards in L.A. a few years ago for a minute.

I will keep trying and maybe the Dogg will finally do a interview with us at Music Inner City TV and Music Inner City News Magazine. I have enough videos by Snoop to do a great program. A “Snoop Dogg Special”

Anyway, the Friday show was sold out. I was told by Snoop’s manangement that I was allowed to cover the Saturday show to write about it here at M.I.C News Magazine.

I got to the venue around 10:45pm because I was told Snoop would hit the stage around 11pm. But I know the game folks. If I was told 11pm, that meant midnight. I was right. The crowd waited for more than a hour before Snoop finally hit the stage. He hit the stage about 12:10am But before that, the crowd started to boo. Then the lights finally went down and the show started.

Snoop’s set started with a short film with Snoop from one of his movies etc. That lasted about a minute or so and then Snoop pimped on stage. The crowd went CRAZY!

By the way, there was people of all races and ages at the show. Even little kids, which I did not understand with all the language being used by Snoop. There was people from 12 to 60 in the crowd.

Snoop started to perform all of his hits from “What’s My Name” from earlier in his career to his recent hits “I Wanna Rock” and “Gangsta Luv” The crowd was jumping and dancing to all of his hits.

One thing for sure, their was plenty of folks in the crowd taping some of the show on their cell phones so most likley you can go to You Tube and see videos from the Seattle show. I was not one of them doing that.

Since I was told no for a interview with Snoop, I went to the show to watch it and review it for the thousands of you who visit our site. I knew I was going to watch a vet at work and that is what I saw.

Snoop along with a few of his homies like Daz and Kurupt put on a show done by vets in the rap game. The same thing happened when I went to shows by Ice Cube and DJ Quik. All three of them can perform hit after hit for their fans unlike young performers who have only a few hits in their bag.

I think everyone left the Showbox satisfied. It was a good performance by a cat who knows what he is doing on stage to satisfy his fans. A big shout out to big Snoop Dogg for his longevity in the music industry. Keep doing what ya doing SD!!

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