Lilian Blankson, director of Programming and Production at BET International has waded into the ongoing controversy about the organizers of the BET Awards having little or no regards for the African nominees.
In a series of tweets , she shared her thoughts on the need for African artistes to “tell the truth and stop tweeting lies and mistruths.”She was a paft of the production for the very first edition of the BET Awards 15 years ago
We reproduced below her tweets.
“BET will always signify Black Star Power… Africa, if we want to be featured prominently, we need to know the facts and be very practical.
First of all, tell the truth and stop tweeting lies and mistruths. There has never been a backstage presentation of any award. Pre recorded
We need to work hard and get our music on the radio here in the US. How do ppl respect ur brand when u r not on the radio?
Make ur music more internationally appealing… Think of ways 2 get all audiences invested. Oliver Twist is a great example. Universal story
Folks worked so so hard to provide a platform for Africa on the network. We won’t get there overnight. And misinformation won’t help
BET domestic does not and has never aired African music so to have a category is a major deal. Let’s prove and show them our worth not anger
The artists who have been honored – why haven’t you cleared the air and told the truth abt what happened! Why the silence???
Out of 19 categories, only 4 or 5 make air. This is standard in Award Shows. If the US artists are not outraged and complaining, why are we?
Performances sell Awards shows & make ratings, not the categories. Lets step up our game & get our music so big they can no longer ignore it
If you choose to fly down and watch the show and not do press who exactly do you think is affected or missing out? Think about it.
Let’s try and keep our category and know the facts. It does nothing to the network to tale it away – but it sends us back several steps.
Finally, let’s be a little humble. No one owes us anything. Like everything else, we have to work our way to the top so we can stay there.
Nothing has ever come easy to us Africans. But anything worth having will not be a cake walk. Started from the bottom, but we here.”
By : livefmghana.com/Ghana/91.9FM