Booty Shakin…sick of it..did I mention I’m sick of it


Last week I asked my Facebook fam to give me suggestions for my blog. One of the suggestions came from a young lady who, like me, is sick and tired sick and damn tired of seeing booty shakin’ and booty wrangin’ (as my grandma calls it) on BET.

BET has gotten to the point where it is almost shameful. I used to think that maybe the head honchos over at BET didn’t realize that children were watching, but then I woke up and accepted the fact that the head honchos over at BET didn’t give a damn about corrupting the minds of the children that are watching. It is all about the Benjamins and obviously this day and age booty shakin’ brings in lots of Benjamins. The show 106 & Park on BET is geared towards teens, and I swear everytime I see a peek of it (by mistake) somebody is poppin, lockin or droppin. The show has very high ratings, and the children can learn all the hot, new twirk moves from the comfort of their own home. Just flip to 106 & Park and learn how twirk twirk that thang. smh…BET has to do better.

Music videos on BET in my opinion are borderline Soft Porn. The only thing missing is the actual act of sex, even though I am pretty sure that I caught a glimpse of a lil sex in the new Trey Songz video I Invented Sex.

I know many will argue that it is ultimately up to the parents to monitor what their children watch and hear, but let’s get real folks a lot of the music today is filled with pure, unadulterated corruption. There is enough vioence and sex in it to last these children a lifetime.

But let’s take a trip back in time. Do yall remember when Donnie Simpson hosted Video Soul on BET? Now THAT was a music video show.  (I had no idea Donnie was doing this now, just shows I’m not keeping up) I swear BET has soooo fallen off since then. Take a look at what we are now missing because BET has chosen to air music video  programs that for the most part have no sustenance and show black people in a not so positive light.

Donnie Simpson interview w/Angela Winbush (still love me some Angela!!)

Donnie Simpson interview w/ El DeBarge (I love me some El..and I like it and I like it 🙂

Karyn White performing live on Video Soul

Sherry Carter interview w/Envogue

…speaking of En Vogue, whatever happened to female singing groups that had more than one singer that could lead a song? I’m just saying, it’s okay to be able to dance and take care of backgrounds, but what about a group with the total package? Whatever happened to that?

That trip down memory lane makes me even more disgruntled by what you can see on music video programs today, especially those aired on BET. In case you don’t watch, here is what you are missing, but your children are seeing on BET…care to take a look….

Ester Dean f/Chris Brown-Drop it Low  (then even hump the floor on that one) ||blank stare||

Beyonce Kitty Kat  (luv me some Beyonce, but she does too much gyrating and twirking for the kiddos watching)

Along with the booty shaking and floor humping BET also offers a huge variety of music based solely on stuntin, driving new whips and wearing shiny jewelry.  I won’t get into that much because I have discussed it before and it hurts my head to think that so many songs can be written, recorded and made into videos over the same crappy, blingy, stuntin hot mess. ugh

I am honestly thinking of adding BET to my list of things I am silently protesting…well not so silently protesting. But it does mean that I will not watch, contribute funds to, or co-sign on behalf of it once it lands on the silent protest list. R. Kelly has been there so long that he is collecting dust.

I feel that it is time for black music and the lovers of black music to take a stand and bring back the music that we grew to love. Music that touched the soul and Set You Adrift On Memory Bliss. (luv that song to this day) Enough of the exploiting of black women, enough of the cursing and turning every song into a contest of who has the most bling. Who cares?

Whatever happened to music like this…

Zhane-Sending My Love to You

Sure they showed a little skin, but there was no twirking and gyrating. There was no one with a platinum grill in their mouth screaming obscenities and bobbing up and down.

Of course there is still good music out there. Not all artist have the limited talents of only making pop lock and drop it music or rapping about their new chains. Some artists still write from their heart and not their other lusting body parts. The chore is sifting out the crap to find the goodies.

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    • sittinducks
    • February 22nd, 2012

    Hip-Hoppers, Rappers, whatever, work for the music industry. They serve a function in this society. The music industry in general promotes the interests of the oppressor against the oppressed. Using people from the ranks of the oppressed to further their agenda is old as slavery itself. Check out this video and you will see what I mean:

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    click on Effeminization Of The Black Male: watch the video

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    • October 4th, 2010

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    • jamie939
    • December 17th, 2009

    I’m glad somebody said it about the booty wrangin’, (grandmothers are the best). Can any public act be more vulgar and base? Luckily I don’t have cable or satellite or local service. I’m so happy without a TV. Cheers, Jamie

  1. Hi there,

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    • nicolaspeaks
    • November 18th, 2009

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    My sentiments EXACTLY! Just the other day on the radio I heard Tom Joyner and his crew talking about Beyonce’s new videos (Sweet Dreams) and today I checked it out along with her other one with Lady Gaga (WTH?) called “Video Phone” and I’m like, “This is pitiful! These girls are doing everything but taking their clothes completely off and swinging on a pole.”

    It seemed like music back in the day had more substance, more “soul.” Yeah, sure the topics may had been the same as today, but the presentation was so much more classy (and were founded on actual TALENT). Even kids today know and notice the difference in music (and all things entertainment) between then and now. Such a shame it is, but what can we do? I wish Michelle Obama would invite Beyonce and others to the White House for a “summit” of some kind to re-evaluate and strategize a way for them to lead by a more respectable example!

  2. Regarding En Vouge, you know folks with more than one Lead Singer don’t last long. Never have, never will.

    And Regarding the booty over exposure. Hell, sex sells is all I can say. Most of this videos are the reason why BET uncut shoulda NEVER went off the Air..but they see worse shit on the internet. Youtube is SOMETHIN’, girl.

    Music about Stuttin’ ain’t new, tho. They did that shit back in the 80’s.

  1. November 20th, 2009

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