By// Chandler Rollins
Sheila Johnson, co-founder of BET, had some serious critiques for the television cable network over the weekend. Johnson, who co-founded the network with her now ex-husband Bob Johnson recently gave a speech at the “Conversations and Encounters” program at the Carmel Art and Film Festival in Monterey County, Calif. where she shared her thoughts.
“I think we squandered a really important cable network, when it really could have been the voice of Black America. We’re losing our voice as a race as a result,” she ranted, wrote Brittney M. Walker of EURweb. “I’m really worried about what our young people are watching. There are so many young people who are using the television as a babysitter. We have parents who are not being parents and not monitoring what their children are watching.”
Do you agree with Johnson’s comments? How do you think BET can improve?