Last night, BET was up to their same old tricks: creating humdrum content for the black folks!. lol Yes, that's who they target right? They work sooooo hard to bring the effortlessly ghetto reality show jargon: The catfights, drug addicts, ebonics, and all-around foolishness. However, from time to time BET execs like to cater to the billigerently dignified rooty poot black folks in power who are embarrassed by that ridiculous showcase.
So last night was the time to feed the snooty people of the world with The BET Honors. I don't have much to say...at least much that's positive. I've always heard the saying "If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all". Nahhhhh, I'm kidding...Here's a brief little recap of the show on a few things that bugged me the most...but keep in mind like Nekia, I too have a short attention span and didn't make it through the whole program.
Gabrielle Union hosted the show in her always perfectly regal appearance. Just once, Nekia and I would love to see her come of out of her reserved element. She totes this Princess act with her on and off the camera. We've met her in person. Anyhow, she did the quickest show opener in the history of awards show and then took time to plug a new project she's working on. I don't think she was even up there a whole minute. Before I could blink twice, she was presenting Taraji P. Henson to highlight Queen Latifah.
Tribute to Queen Latifah Taraji comes out loud, cheery and obnoxious..just the way BET likes it despite the evening gown. She's runs through Queen's bio and says "She's the one who taught us to say 'Who you callin' a--?' and proceeds to censor herself. She whooping and
cheering like she's at a football game and speaking causally like she's at a family cookout. However, I became even more concerned with Jazmine Sullivan and Patti Labelle's musical tribute that didn't include any of Queen's songs. I still wonder...Who does a musical tribute for someone without singing one of their songs?????? I know female rappers are scarce these days, but they could have found somebody to take a stab at one of her classic songs.
Stevie Wonder singing a line of Trey Songz "I Invented Sex" How dare Trey Songz corrupt our Stevie Wonder like that?? lol.. The man has records older than Trey and his Mom and he's putting his mic up to Stevie's mouth to finish the lines to a new age song about having great sex with somebody he just met at a club. I assumed he
wasn't thinking clearly...probably caught up in all of the excitement of Stevie being there with him. Everybody knows the industry has made Trey's head swell ten times its size. Nekia and I have intereviewed him and he's a cool dude...BUT!! The fact remains...we should be learning from the greats and not the other way around. Thats like the kids teaching Grandma how to do the "Stanky Leg" dance at the family reunion. Just let Grandma school you and apply what you learn to your life. Period.
Kim Burrell jammed for Whitney Houston's tribute. OMG I have always loved Kim Burrell's voice. If you don't know, she's a gospel singer with a hearty voice like no other I've heard. She performed a renditon of Whitney's :"I Believe In You" Simply beautiful, I must say and Whitney obviously agreed. She was humbled and receptive to being honored. Less than an hour before the show even ends, there's buzz from peons stirring up mess about her looking like she's still on drugs. Let the women enjoy her show. Maybe it was too soon for BET to honor her. The media and its junkies can be so cruel...now she's got to deal with all this mess again. Can she just live??
Until next year...maybe Nekia and I will be there to shake things up...
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