Monday, April 21, 2008

Get Ready For BNN

Wassup, Y'all!

First we had BET, the oh so tacky southside imitator of MTV. Then came it's second cousin twice removed - UPN. Though not strictly a southside channel, strangely it became home to 90%+ of southside network programming and a regular viewing staple of southside households. Ultimately, UPN morphed into The CW - think of this joint as a more saditty version of UPN but give it a couple licks and you get down to the ghetto-y center pretty quickly.

Now former U.S. Representative J.C. Watts thinks we need a black news network - a BNN for the southsiders. 24 hours of the same thing we can get in a quick 30 minute dose down at the barbershop or beautyshop (without the ability to get economically priced first run DVDs...). Personally, I'm not sure if this segregation of entertainment and news is a good thing.

On one hand, it could address specific news items of interest to the southside nation that would never see the light of day elsewhere but as BET has proved, is some of that stuff interesting to ANYBODY?? I think not. On the other hand, how many more information inputs can a brother keep up with? I need a one stop shop - not four different channels to keep up with the haps of my northside, southside, westside and eastside homeys - cuz you know ol Ty needs to keep an eye on everybody.

I'll wait and see what BNN has to offer but as y'all can already see, this brother is startin' out pretty dubious of J.C.'s latest endeavor.



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