Last week I got an e-mail from someone named “Fed Up”, who wrote to me, and several other websites, to complain about the lack of Black women hosts on BET. Because I haven’t watched the channel in years I wasn’t sure what shows the channel had on or who the hosts were. I knew both AJ and Free were replaced, AJ by another Black male and Free by a Hispanic female. What I didn’t know was that the other two hosts BET has that are women are also not Black. Julissa, host of the now defunct College Center, was a Latina and Sharon Carpenter who has a news show on the channel, is half White and East Indian. Even after finding this out I found it hard to care and I definitely wasn’t surprised. I have been saying for years that there has been a movement to remove Black women from all things Black and replace them with multi-ethnic women, who oftentimes are just accepted as Black simply because they are of color. So the question is, does anyone care? As more and more people start to take notice of this, and they have, what will BET do? What will we as Black women do? Will we demand to see our own image represented on a channel with the name “Black” in it, or will we just fall back and disappear into oblivion?
Hello Brown Sista,
You are being contacted via Brown Sista by FedUP. FedUP has provided the following information so you may contact them:
Reason: To Make A Comment
Sharon Carpenter, who is half Indian and half White, is bragging all over the internet and in interviews that BET went after her because they wanted her so badly. They didn’t think Black females could host a show. They have a Dominican American Rocsi as a female host of 106 and Park. They had a Puerto Rican Julissa as a host of the now defunct College Center, and now they got an Indian-European as a host for BET News. Sadly, colorism is still a problem in our community.
Sian-Pierre Regis is the Asst to the VP of BET News. His phone number is (212) 975-1513 if you want to voice your complaint.