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We Got To Do Better (aka Hot Ghetto Mess) hosted by Charlie Murphy is an excellent show. I hope, hope, hope the Black community listen, focus and act on what is being said. Its wack State Farm and Home Depot backed out as sponsors after some wack Black leaders complained about the show's theme.

FACTS given on the show during the Street Walking segment:
- Several Blacks didn't know what HBCU meant. Only 23% of Blacks go to these schools now.
- Only one person knew Bob Johnson owned an NBA team.
- Several did not feel America was ready for a Black president.
- 60% of NCAA basketball players are Black. Only 28% graduate from college.
- 35% of Black households have both parents.

Who has seen the show, and what are your thoughts?

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Commentary: Despite the Network's Many Missteps, BET Did Get One Thing Right – We've Got to Do Better

Date: Thursday, August 02, 2007
By: Gregory Kane,

Black America's self-appointed guardians of the sacred racial image got it wrong again. After all the whining, all the complaining and all the protests, it turns out that the BET series "Hot Ghetto Mess" wasn't that bad after all.

Of course, if you looked in your television listings for the show under that name, you'd have never found it. The objections from that segment of African-Americans determined to be offended by just about anything caused BET officials to wimp out. They changed the name at the last minute to the innocuous "We Got To Do Better."

According to several news reports, BET execs said in a statement that "We decided to change the name of the show because we believe that the apprehension about the original title was taking attention away from the show's real intent, which is to offer social commentary in a context that sparks dialogue, debate and, most importantly, change."

Well, they changed for those reasons and because, according to a Newsweek story, Home Depot and State Farm yanked their ads from the show. Guess that proves what folk singer Bob Dylan said is right: Money doesn't talk; it swears.

Still, for my money, "Hot Ghetto Mess"/"We Got To Do Better" was actually better than I anticipated. I especially liked the "Street Walkin'" segments, where a cast member hit the concrete to ask people -- most of them black -- questions to see how well-informed they are.

First, the good news: Most of the respondents knew that black Americans served in the military before we got the right to vote. Now the bad news: Lordy, Lordy, some of our peeps are hopelessly misinformed.

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Some appeared completely befuddled when asked what the letters in the NAACP stood for. Others were unaware of how many blacks are on the Supreme Court and who they are. I watched this fiasco and actually gained a new respect for all those black folks who despise Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. At least they know who the man is, and why they don't like him.

Others were similarly stumped when asked when slavery ended in the United States. Some tried to con their way through the question by claiming slavery never ended, but it's no fair playing semantics. The question clearly meant which constitutional amendment ended slavery (Perhaps the show's writers should have framed it that way.).

The answer the show's writers chose to give was the only problem I had with "We Got To Do Better." A graphic informed viewers that "the 13th Amendment officially ended slavery February 3rd, 1865." That's not quite accurate.

Both houses of Congress passed the 13th Amendment by the required two-thirds majority in January of 1865. But constitutional amendments don't become the law of the land just because both houses of Congress pass them. Amendments become law when three-fourths of all the states ratify the amendment.

As of Feb. 3, 1865, only seven of 36 states had ratified the 13th Amendment. Three-fourths of the states didn't ratify the amendment until Dec. 6, 1865.

Another graphic on the show revealed a spelling problem: "And now ... a word from our sponsers." It's "sponsors," dimwits.

Oh, heavenly Jesus, please help my people! Quick, somebody rush over to BET and drop off a mess of dictionaries.

But hey, I'm willing to forgive these imperfections if the overall goal of the show is to keep people informed. BET honchos have to do something to atone for dropping the network's Monday through Friday nightly newscasts at 11.

There's no good reason for black folks not to know what the letters in the NAACP stand for. I learned that in the seventh grade from Mr. Golden, my social studies teacher. I learned what the letters SCLC, CORE and SNCC stood for too.

Mr. Golden taught us who Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X were and what the Nation of Islam was. He taught us that 186,000 black troops fought in the Civil War. We had to learn all that and a mess of current events or we didn't pass his class.

Oh, did I mention that Mr. Golden is black and that he taught in an all-black school? Now we have black students in integrated schools who know none of this stuff. Ah, the blessings of diversity!

I'd wager there are way too few Mr. Goldens teaching black children today. It looks like we may have to settle for BET's latest show -- no matter what it's called.
I thought it sucked too.

I liked SOB better as well.

To me it seemed like all the flack they got on Hot Ghetto Mess caused them to try to back away from what the show intended it to be. All it really is is basically a black version of America's funniest home videos.

To be honest, I thought the title was what caused so much problem and not the content.

Anyway, it was weak.

Now when the fake priest started hitting on the girls in SOB I was dying! "I am off the clock now" lol
Originally posted by EbonyRose:
I wonder why, who's idea it was to name it "Hot Ghetto Mess" in the first place, if the show was going to be so informational? Confused

The producers, despite the show being informational, want to go for the least common denominator, the basest demographic and they lock on it like a pit bull.

It's not the first time someone tried to dumb down a 'black' show. NBC, actually originally turned Cosby's "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids," because it was too educational, before it was accepted by CBS.

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