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BET Co-Founder Dissatisfied With the Network

Sheila Johnson

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?